Home design trends: then and now!
Time goes by, we are changing and we change our homes! “House. Apartment 2016”, 13–16 October, will present the latest construction, interior design and home improvement solutions. To understand how much our homes has changed, we offer the story of how it was then and is now.
From varnished to waxed floors!
Floor is one of the most important features of a home. Ecological materials giving almost invisible and elegant finish are very popular now. “Oiled or waxed floors that are environmentally friendly and free from harmful substances have outrivaled lacquered floors so popular 20 years ago,” explained Ivars Akerfelds from Amberwood.
However, eco-friendliness and green thinking is not necessarily the owner’s choice. There are also certain EU requirements that prohibit or restrict the use of finishing materials containing certain substances. The pursuit of individuality and high technologies these days allow manifesting your creativity. Classical parquet or plank floors in different shades and patterns are still popular though. Buy quality and durability instead of saving money!
"It is the time, when people choose not the cheapest, but the highest quality product thus making a long-term investment," tells Arvīds Recis, a Board Member of ARRE pointing out that one of the top orders now is installation of metal fencing instead of the wooden one that was popular during the construction boom from 2005 to 2010. Luxury goods ? from a TV remote control to Smart House!
Everyone has not noticed changes in flooring trends, however everybody knows about the opportunities provided by advanced technologies. “A TV remote control was a luxury item in early 1990s, nowadays, you can remotely control almost anything – from lighting to watering plants," says Solvita Ortmane from MISURA.
The latest technology allows you to access everything in your house from your tablet or smartphone even if you are on the other side of the globe. If you are on a business trip or travelling to other country, it is still possible to control lighting, heating, blinds in your house. It was something unthinkable two decades ago. Today’s new technology allows you to save resources that is an important benefit for everyone. From over-satiety to lightness!
Modernism was a top trend in interior design in early 1990s, today we opt for minimalist design. “Twenty years ago, people went for classical interior design rich in ornate, decorative features and lots of details, now we choose lightness, playfulness and creativity,” explains Jana Jēgere, a project manager at Orac Decor.
According to Diāna Vimba from Ginal Interior, the influence of Scandinavian design is growing nowadays. “Scandinavian design is becoming more and more popular around the world for its functionality, simplicity and beauty. Although the overall arrangement of your home is inconspicuous, the purity of style is complemented with understated elegance and functionality that creates a pleasant and cosy atmosphere in your house.”
In 1990s, by contrast, decors were made of plaster, wood and concrete, and it was a very time consuming process. People were only just getting acquainted with polyurethane decorative details. “Currently, there is a growing demand for indirect lighting solutions, humidity- and shock-resistant profiles, floor and multifunctional ledges, door finishes," Jana Jēgere tells. All about housing design, construction and refurbishment!
“House. Apartment 2016”, 13?16 October, offers the latest housing design, construction and home improvement solutions, an opportunity to get expert advice and buy goods or services at great prices. The fair will present more than 120 companies from Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Uzbekistan and other countries. Read more about participant companies in our website: www.bt1.lv/mdz
“House. Apartment 2016” is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1.
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Events occurring simultaneously: the real estate business and investment fair “Realty & Investment 2016” (www.realty-investment.lv
) and the international energy efficiency, infrastructure and environmental technology fair “Environment and Energy 2016” (www.bt1.lv/ee /
). One ticket for all three fairs! Opening hours:
13 - 15 October 10.00-18.00
16 October 10.00 -17.00 Ticket prices:
Full ticket – EUR 5
For senior citizens, persons with disabilities, students, pupils – EUR 4
Children under 7 years of age ? free of charge
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 + 3) – EUR 12
Tickets can also be purchased online: https://mdz2016.ticketforevent.com/lv
Parking ticket – EUR 4