On Trend in Europe: The Modern Romantic Look

On Trend in Europe: The Modern Romantic Look

Janel Laban
Oct 6, 2011

I'm just back from attending Woonbeurs Amsterdam, the annual design show presented by the publisher of a family of very popular interior magazines in the Netherlands. The editors of each title put together a trend house to reflect the aesthetics of their particular publication and they were absolutely fascinating - so many fresh ideas all in one place! For my first trend report, here is a look that can best be described as Modern Romantic…

… as presented by Ariadne at Home magazine.

The color palette is gray, white, purple, pink and green and there is plenty of metallics (gold and silver, both dull and shiny) and rough, aged patinas in the mix. Shapes are curvy; lots of rounded corners, circles with flourishes and decorative, lacy patterns. The look is decidedly feminine but with a slight edge, thanks to the use of some neon accents, aged finishes (rust, worn paint) and quirky industrial-influenced details.

I snapped gazillions of pictures — here are a few that typify the style…

Woonbeurs Amsterdam
Ariadne at Home
Sanoma Media

Images: Janel Laban

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