Fresh Modern 2019 - Articulate

Fresh Modern 2019

2019 has cracked its shell and unfurled its decor feathers. Here at Article, we’ve been working hard to distill global trends and figure out what we wanted our home decor for the new year to bring to our customers. 2018 felt like a long, wild year. It paired dramatic wall colors with soothing sage, brought back terrazzo tiling, celebrated natural materials like never before, and the emerging of smooth, sixties-like curving lines. One thing we really want for 2019: a slowing down. A chilling out, maybe. So we focused on building out a design catalogue that would support beautiful, relaxed spaces. Pieces that emphasized how it feels to sit with your friends and family. That make a statement, but don’t bring a lots of extra drama. That feel playful but refined.

With those tenets in mind, we’re excited to bring you our focus for 2019: Fresh Modern. Broken into three approaches, this design emphasizes a paring back. Abundantly thoughtful, but minimal too.

Simple Living

One thing that felt both necessary and obvious was the decision to cut back. To make room for and respect simplicity. As such, we looked at products with super crisp lines in fresh, earthy neutrals. Our Solae sofa series is the undisputed star here: French seams, supple leather or fabric options, low profile, and incredible plush — this is the kind of down-to-earth majesty we’re going for in 2019.

Our new Solae sofa series is the stunner of 2019. Paired with the Heron lamp and Texa rug, this rook is already calming us down.

Our new Solae sofa series is the stunner of 2019. Paired with the Heron lamp and Texa rug, this room is already calming us down.

To lean into your own interpretation of Simple Living, start by purging your space of unnecessary bits and bobs. Creating space doesn’t mean you have to sell everything you own and buy a brand new sofa — it can be as simple as finally donating that guitar you don’t play, or switching up your art. Once you’ve successfully decluttered your space, look at your color scheme. Simple living isn’t just about minimalism: it also asks that you lessen visual dissonance. Streamlining the colors in your space goes a long way towards making it feel more calm — especially if you focus on soothing neutrals, like tan, white, or cool grey. While a coat of paint is a great way to refresh your rooms (symbolically and in the real), you don’t have to break out the paint brush. It’s as simple as switching your colorful throw pillows for a tighter palette, or updating an armchair to a chill color.

A simple meal is all you need. We love the circular Ventu table paired with the striking Rus chair and Esse stool.

A simple meal is all you need. We love the circular Ventu table paired with the striking Rus chair and Esse stool.

If Simple Living is your design resolution, think of it in terms of “fewer things, higher quality.”

Balance

Balance is always something worth striving for. And while we’re definitely excited about simplicity, we don’t want “simple” to mean “bare” or “flat.” Our design tenet of Balance is about creating rooms that are pared back, but still have a sparkling personality. To achieve this, we focused on products that allow us to layer in textures, shades, and function without drawing attention away from the simplicity of a space. The leather-topped Esse stools, for example, mix together smooth, simple construction and stately textiles. The alpaca wool Mollo throws looks gorgeous casually tossed over a sofa (maybe the Abisko sofa), just like the Belez pillows. The Texa pouf, with its neutral color scheme and fun nubby texture, is a great example of how balance brings function and levity to a space.

We love the spare Ventu table against the styled shelving. Pull up a Kissa chair and settle in for a long, lovely evening.

We love the spare Ventu table against the styled shelving. Pull up a Kissa chair and settle in for a long, lovely evening.

To practice balanced design, take stock of your space. Are you seeing a lot of utilitarian pieces, but not enough fun accents? Or maybe you’re looking at a room that is covered in blankets, pillows, and fun textures, but lacks grounding. To achieve balance in your space, focus on building a neutral base and layering color and texture on top. The neutral base allows you to experiment as trends and your personal style changes. To avoid going into chintz-town, keep an eye on your accents. A fast way to overthrow the balance of your space is to layer rugs AND throw pillows AND cozy blankets AND knickknacks. Instead, choose a few that you love and the evoke the feeling you want in a space, and rotate in to compliment how you feel as the year progresses.

High/low, but literally. We love the tall Culla dresser next to the short Esse stool.

High/low, but literally. We love the tall Culla dresser next to the short Esse stool.

Space to Play

It might sound like we have gone full-blown art gallery contemporary. “Keep it simple,” “Zen-like balance,” “neutrals = king.” While we stand behind all those assertions, we also know that a home is not a museum, and it shouldn’t look like one. In addition to all the upscale basics, we’re encouraging playful injections of color. What’s the saying? Man can’t live on simple neutrals alone. We’ve expanded some of our classic lines (like the ever-popular Svelti chair) with saturated pastels, and brought in some design heavy-hitters (hello Silicus coffee table line) that feature creamy, glassy hues.

The Solae returns, but in fabric! This living room is dreamy and light without being boring, thanks to the colorful Happy chair and Silicus table.

The Solae sectional sofa returns, but in fabric! This living room is dreamy and light without being boring, thanks to the colorful Happy chair and Silicus coffee table.

While figuring out how to inject color into our chill, nature-forward spaces, we focused on making them feel lighthearted. A grounded space, thin black accents, cushy grey sofa — pink coffee table. A fresh oak dining table surrounded with cheerful Sveltis. The key to incorporating playful accents is to commit to a few key pieces that really sing. Go bold! But don’t go crazy. A lilac reading chair and a pink coffee table work together because they belong to a similar color family. Whereas if the chair was lilac but the coffee table was a hot orange, the room would look off kilter and out of balance.

A little injection of playful color keeps this room feeling light and welcoming. Our old fav, the Svelti chair (paired wtih the Ventu table) does it again.

A little injection of playful color keeps this room feeling light and welcoming. Our old fav, the Svelti chair (paired with the Ventu table) does it again.

Our focus on creating a space that is simultaneously calm and playful is reflective of what we’re hoping for 2019. Here’s hoping for a year of playful experimentation, thoughtful details, and risks grounded in stability.

Happy new year to you and yours.

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