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'The Alcove' - Trend Pick Franq Colors

The Alcove Trend Pick - Breccia Portoro Marble & Terra quartzite

Next in our series of Trend Picks, compiled by Hilde Franq (trend watcher and color expert), we have 'The Alcove'. Soft materials in dark colors that make us feel safe. Discover how these trends translate into colors, materials and interiors. 

Curious about the other trends? Discover them in our other blogs: 'The Nest' and 'Revive'. 

Soft textures that make us feel safe

We are in the midst of a new wave of ‘cocooning’: our house is almost literally a warm nest. Soft and tactile materials have a positive effect on our well-being. Touching plays an important role here. Don’t limit your interior to just one texture and don’t be afraid to combine a soft wall with tactile furniture. Ribbed structures are appealing to touch and help to consciously create interesting experiences in your interior. 

 Materialen: Terra (kwartsiet), Breccia Portoro (marmer), Verde Levanto (marmer), Rouge Belge (marmer)

Materials in this picture: 1. Terra | 2. Verde Levanto | 3. Rosso Levanto  | 4. Breccia Portoro

Dark colors, protective like a cave

Dark colors on the wall have something very dramatic, but they can just as well be comforting. Like a cave that protects us from the outside world. For the ultimate cave feeling, you have to go ton-sur-ton: both the walls and furniture in the same color. When shades of dark red lean closely to natural colors, such as dark greens and deep terracotta red, they create a remarkably elegant atmosphere. Combine a dark decor with metallic accents. 

Materialen in deze foto: Rouge Belge (marmer), Rose de la clarte (graniet), Terra (kwartsiet), Breccia Portoro (marmer)

Materials in this picture: 1. Gaudi Brown | 2. Terra | 3. Thunder Grey Unistone | 4. Rouge Belge | 5. Rosso Levanto | 6. Basalt Grey

Imperfect finishes

Contemporary interiors are far from polished or sterile: provide some room for imperfections. Preferably, ceramics still show some evidence it was made by someone. Walls and textiles also reveal human traits through their little imperfections. The apparent nonchalance with which the floors, walls and objects were finished bring a very recognizable and sympathetic atmosphere into this interior. 

Materialen in deze foto: Terra (kwartsiet), Chloris green (marmer), Gaudi Brown (marmer)
Materials in this picture: 1. Marron Napoleon | 2. Chloris green | 3. Travertino Titanium | 4. Marron Napoleon | 5. Gaudi Brown  | 6. Terra

Art Deco influences, light and shadow

Rounded shapes, graphical motives and textures make clear that the Art Deco style is back all the way. The graphical character of the Art Deco style can perfectly be translated into design. In a dark interior, it’s important to play with the light you have and the shadows you can create. That is what creates life in a rather somber setting. Textured walls become really interesting when they catch the sunlight, allowing them to play with the little light that enters these dark rooms. 

Materials in this picture: 1. Basalt Grey | 2. Terra | 3. Travertino Titanium | 4. Chloris Green | 5. Black Glacier | 6. Thunder Grey Unistone | 7. Basalt Grey | 8. Marron Napoleon 

Would you like to discover these materials yourself? Or are you curious to find out which new products are in our range?