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The International Interior Trends That Are Inspiring Our Homes

Between food, music, fashion, and films, celebrating a variety of cultures from beyond our borders is a part of everyday life. 

Interior design trends are no different. In fact, you may find that your home designs are a combination of styles from around the world without even realising. Reflecting on the innovative designs and deep-rooted culture of home interiors from every corner of the earth can often inspire us to make changes to our own homes. 

From eco-conscious European influences to colourful Indian elements, we’ve taken a look at the top trends inspiring interiors across the globe.

Austrian: minimalism

While the architecture of Austria’s capital is opulent and luxurious, home interiors in Vienna (and elsewhere in the country) strive for minimalism. Minimalist home designs use the bare essentials to create simple and uncluttered spaces, whilst simple designs and monochromatic palettes add to its economic mood.

Minimalist interiors are at their most popular. In fact, searches for ‘minimalism interior’ on Pinterest have increased over the past year. Today, searches are 47 per cent higher than the yearly average. 

Austrian architects such as Adolf Loos helped to establish modernity in the country at the turn of the nineteenth century, with clean lines and austere designs prompting the development of minimalism there and around the world.

German: terrazzo

Terrazzo is a very popular home interior trend in Germany. The style combines masonry with open plans to create spaces that feel industrial, yet natural and homely. Terrazzo is created using a mixture of marble, granite, quartz, and glass chips that are then polished to highlight a flecked surface with an organic aesthetic. This material and style can be used on floors, walls, and table surfaces.

Terrazzo can be created in a variety of colours, but its use in interior design clings to brutalist themes that are common in Germany, contrasting against both modern and gothic architecture.

Canada: farmhouse revival

The friendly nature of Canadian culture translates into home interiors with farmhouse revival designs. The style aims to add a personable touch to homes with a cosy, lived-in feel. Kitchens are centred around island worktops, making each meal a communal experience.

Wooden floors and whitewashed walls also add a farmhouse impression to interiors, while upholstery completes warm spaces perfectly suited for relaxing.

This style reflects the large natural wilderness of Canada, and the hand-crafted care that goes into this interior style represents a nation with an altruistic heart.

India: simple spaces

Like Austria, simplicity is the key driver of trends for Indian home interiors. However, differing in culture, Indian homes adopt the elements of nature around them. Favouring masonry over wood, reflective surfaces encourage light throughout homes while creating a cooling space against the climate.

India’s home interiors do not stray so far toward minimalism. Simple spaces allow for more decoration, with rugs and upholstery adding personable elements that harken back to a proud and colourful design culture.

South Korea: modern heritage

While South Korea is one of the most digitally connected countries in the world, home interiors look back at a proud culture and history of design for interiors that reflect their heritage. Combined with the motifs of modernity, homes in South Korea are adopting furnishings and designs that represent both the past and the future.

Screens are used throughout open plan rooms that help to divide spaces for leisure, work, and cooking. Wooden textures are in touch with nature, while clean masonry surfaces add a polished aesthetic more in touch with modern tastes.

Finland: eco-conscious

Finland is a leader in sustainable design. Spending a lot of time indoors, the people of Finland ensure that their homes are built and decorated with quality, including furnishings that support the well-being of the planet as well as those who live there.

Here, furniture is made with the view that wood is both an aesthetic and hardwearing material.

Eco-conscious interiors add meaning to homes, embracing nature alongside minimalism. This emphasises the links with the world beyond the front door, while reducing the impact of wasted furnishings that often fall out of fashion.

The world is connected through home interiors. We’re constantly inspired by other countries and their eye for design. When decorating your home or viewing new homes, consider how far your home interior design has travelled to be enjoyed here and now. You could even be tempted to look to sell your home or just a part exchange.