A Return to the Brutal

One of the hottest home trends right now is not one to sit quietly in the background – Brutalism, as the name suggests, was an architectural movement that rose from post-World War II; an imposing showcase of structure and celebration of design that utilised readily accessible, rebuildable, raw, unfinished materials.  Its goal was to create impressive, fortress-like buildings with low-cost durable materials, providing protection against foreign attacks.  While it remained relatively popular until the mid-1980s, Brutalism is making a noticeable comeback in design today, particularly when used within the modern home.

If you’re wanting to give your décor a slightly roughened edge, here are some of the top things to remember when incorporating this trend into your home…

Brutal Beauty

Despite the aggressive sound of the trend, beauty and warmth can still be found in the solid greys, muted metallics and darker hues of the Brutalist colour palette, especially when set against wood or resin materials; in turn creating a dark sanctuary from which you can escape our brightly constant, digital world.

Calming Concrete

In its unrefined and resistant state, concrete is key if you’re wanting to introduce aspects of the Brutalist movement into your home.  Fortunately, it’s not limited to just statement making concrete floors or walls, but can now come in a whole host of interior pieces from coffee tables, to lamps, ornaments, baths and basins – the key is finding the right concrete objects that celebrate their raw, lineal imperfections.

Jagged, Rough and Distressed

The clean lines of concrete and muted colour palette of the Brutalist home are oft-set by jagged, rough or aged textures.  Hand shaped metal-work, antiqued mirrors, spiky chandeliers, and crackle affected ornaments can all help to bring an interesting texture to your room; even ‘soft’ items like cushions or rugs within the theme can make your Brutalist-themed space totally liveable.

Organic Honesty

Rugged shapes in dark or earthy tones are another key look to Brutalism; it’s a way of celebrating the beauty and honesty of an imperfect product.  You’re looking for items that showcase clean lines, exposed elements, and unadorned finishes, like dining tables or chairs.

Metal Unfinished

Weathered brass is the Brutalist design friend, as are many other unfinished metals like iron or steel – anything that gives the metal a lived-in patina.  The unfinished or unrefined nature of the object is the perfect addition to your Brutalist setting and should take priority over wood where possible.

For more inspiration, products, and furnishings on the latest design trends for your home, come and talk to the interior design experts at the Canterbury Home Show, 13th – 15th October at the Horncastle Arena, Addington.  See www.canterburyhomeshow.co.nz for ticket details.