Last summer I was invited to a wedding that required a ‘Champêtre’ dress code. Yes, I must admit I had to Google that too… It all sounded rather complicated, but a lace dress, flower in my hair and trouser braces for the children transformed us into perfect guests for the rural feast themed wedding. That’s what dress codes do; they indicate a style and ambience. Ideal not only for fashion, but also for your interior!

During the festive period you come across all sorts of dress codes such as Festival Chic, Casual Chic, Cocktail, Tenue de Ville etc. All meant to inspire you and guide you in your choice of outfit. Similarly, the world of interior design also encompasses diverse styles that give direction to your home décor.

Last summer I was invited to a wedding with a ‘Champêtre’ dress code

If a style lasts beyond the festive season we call it a trend. Many years later, trends often come to typify an era. It is then that they become style movements. Examples include the Art Nouveau movement in early 1900, followed by Art Deco, which left its mark on both architecture, fashion, the decorative arts and graphics in the 1920s and 1930s.

"If a style lasts beyond the festive season, we call it a trend"

Sometimes such style movements suddenly reappear in another century. Today we see many Art Deco influences appearing in patterns, for example. The 1920s look is also dominating the latest fashion trends, with shops full of flowery bomber jackets, velvet dresses and oversized (faux) fur coats.

Today’s fashion style has many 1920s influences such as velvet dresses – Art Deco patterns (centre photo: Widewalls) – Mora S pendant lamps by Zuiver

I’m always really fascinated by those style movement revivals and the way you can see them coming from afar, often manifesting themselves first in fashion. Some time ago I also wrote about the comeback of Memphis and De Stijl in interior and fashion trends.

OK, back to 2016 with the festive season just ahead of us. So how do I arrange my interior in this latest dress code that my design team and I call ‘City Chic’? Simply lay out your space with metropolitan class! The ingredients you need are concrete, steel, light-toned wood and the colours black, grey and white. Not forgetting … unfinished walls. For an authentic urban wall you could pick wallpaper ‘London’ or ‘Dublin’ by Graham & Brown. Or paint your wall in the colour ‘85% Hardsteen’ by Flexa.

Ingredients for the ‘city Chic’ trend, from left to right: Graham & Brown Dublin wallpaper – Flexa 85% Hardsteen paint – black, white and wood

Keep your basic furniture pieces simple and style your interior to perfection with graphic cushions, throws and rugs. The colours white and grey can be found in lighting, marble tabletops and accessories such as concrete clocks and metal vases. A dramatic black & white cityscape photo on the wall is the ultimate finishing touch for this style.

Want to see how we at Zuiver style our spaces in the ‘City Chic’ dress code? See Instagram and Pinterest for more photos. We’d also love to know what your home looks like! Use hashtag #zuiver to show us which dress code you’re giving your interior!

"A dramatic black & white cityscape photo on the wall is the ultimate finishing touch for this style"

Interior trend City Chic’ with ‘Delicate Berry’ paint by Flexa on the wall

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