There is a reason why fantasy trends in interior design are quickly gaining popularity. The tectonic shifts in world culture have negated the need for the stringent rules and the strict demarcation of styles. The best thing about fantasy design is there are no rules. It can adapt to every mindset and every idiosyncrasy and yet come out looking fabulous.
Avant garde designers around the world have been quick to see this change in mindset and have evolved with the new trend. They offer from the fantastic to the fabulous for elegant stately homes as well as for the state-of-the-art commercial complexes.
It will be difficult to get a handbook on fantasy designs yet, but you can see increasing evidence of the fantasy factor in myriad design elements created by leading interior designers. You have a wonderful blend of minimalism with opulence, which delivers the intended result without the clutter. One is not overwhelmed with materials, but with the style that immediately transports one into nouveau splendor. It is a trend that is neither periodic nor contemporary but still connects immediately with the heart, which is nothing short of fantasy.
One key aspect of fantasy trends in interior design is they match with the deepest desires of the client. They are always out of the ordinary because every design is unique. No two minds think alike, so it is easy to bring about the uniqueness in every design. It allows one to revel in the peaceful luxury and boldly showcase the interiors at the same time. The idea is not simply thinking out of the box but thinking beyond the parameters, past and present.
Take for example, designer Stephanie Stokes’ brilliant outlook on the dining room. For her, the dining room is a theater that sets the stage for dramatic entertaining every time you have guests over. Come to think of it, this is one room that is subject to concentrated looks for a considerable period of time when guests are dining. Why should it be bland?
Stokes believes every element here works a prop and should be designed, collected and placed accordingly. It creates the perfect spotlight for the overall theme and sets the tone for the kind of entertainment the host has in mind.
One area that is witnessing maximum fantasy demands is, of course, the children’s room. Move aside the pink frills and the blue walls. It is time to give in to the inner desires of the child and recreate a room straight out of the fairy tales or maybe an underwater oceanic theme. And the fantastic designs are perfectly offset with custom-made furniture, upholstery, linen and accessories to create the perfect ambience for childhood.
Not surprisingly, fantasy trends in interior design have seen rising demands for bath areas as well. Here the extraordinary blends with the state-of-the-art theme and style to offer extravagant and classy atmosphere that beckon one to linger and relax in the unique space. One look at the sprawling and elegant garden bath designed by Ione Victoria gives an idea of the extent of fantasy creations. A huge space supported by Corinthian pillars overlooks the garden, creating a dreamy portal that is opulent and fantastic. Yet, there is a sense of comfort and coziness in the 550-square-foot luxury.
Recent global trends in architecture have also seen the rise of the fantasy trend that is aptly demonstrated in the spectacular Villa SSK by the Tokyo Bay, created by the Takeshi Hirobe Architects. Both the exterior and interior of the villa show a wonderful play of wood and glass. The order and balance of minimalism blends in perfectly with the pristine glory of nature, creating a fantasy space of natural splendor and state-of-the-art designs. The brilliant architecture makes the villa as much a part of the mountains as it is a part of the sea. The interior space has been carefully designed to seamlessly blend with the fantastic exterior, creating a subtle byplay of light and shadow all around.
It is easy to understand why this trend is leading the global interior design industry. Fantasy designs are combined with modern functionality to offer luxury and comfort at the same time. It imbibes the fantasy concept of the homeowner along with the tasteful and precise skill that makes designers stand apart.
Archita Datta Majumdar has been writing for various industries for more than 14 years. She has contributed articles to The Economic Times, the leading financial daily of India, and she loves research, business analysis and knowledge management, which paves the way for a steep learning curve.
Feature Image: Designed by Troy Beasley of Beasley & Henley Interior Design, this castle room was made from lightweight concrete and incorporates a recessed built-in bed with its own lighting. The look is completed by faux-finished walls, a top bunk, a slide and a built-in desk area. Photo Credit: Taylor Architectural Photography.
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