Q & A with New Plymouth interior designer Mette Kirchhiener

I’m from Denmark and us Danes have a great need for what is known as hygge.

You could very roughly translate hygge as a sense of homeliness, cosiness and warmth and that’s naturally reflected in my decorating style, which can best be described as warm-Nordic. Hygge’s all about creating a setting that makes you feel at ease and relaxed so that friends and especially family feel peaceful and content at home. I think I embrace that in my style and you’ll see that come through in my shop.

 

Texture and a craving for natural colours will be the next big thing in interiors.

There’s a real movement and focus on sustainability in interior design. There’s an increased commitment to caring for our planet and you’ll see it in the use of natural fibres, colours and pleasing organic forms in familiar objects. There’s a movement towards choosing sustainable building materials, such as bamboo and natural furnishing materials that have been grown sustainably, such as sisal, jute and cane. You can incorporate this into a room with beautiful organic cane baskets and cane chairs.

 

Favour treasured objects and timeless classics over trendy trinkets and cheap replicas. They’re more sustainable for the planet and much more satisfying to live with

Favour treasured objects and timeless classics over trendy trinkets and cheap replicas. They’re more sustainable for the planet and much more satisfying to live with.

 

I won’t be sorry to see the back of jarring colours on opposing walls.

I’d rather see a desire for warmth and light become the norm and a sense of cohesion, rather than competition when decorating, so one room flows easily into the next, making the living rooms appear more open and spacious.

 

What you put on the floor and clever use of lighting can completely change a room.

Large, textured rugs can have a huge impact on your overall style and, by using co-ordinating or contrasting cushions in various textures, you can change the feel. I love using standing lamps to define a space and create a mood.

 

 

Every home should have candles.

It's definitely a Danish thing. A house needs the sense of warmth and ambience that candles can provide. Quality candles are an asset, especially on a cold winter's night – they'll increase the cosiness factor by 100 per cent. Obviously safety is important when burning candles.

 

Resist buying lots of trinkets and cheap replicas because they’re trendy.

Instead, hold and and save your money to buy top quality, timeless classics you’ll love for a long time to come. A quick-fix throwaway mentality just creates more rubbish that can’t be recycled.

 

I adore American oak floors.

They’re my most desirable aesthetic and I’d always team them with Danish-designed furniture because I love the clean lines, comfort and functionality built into every piece.