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MICRO LIVING The Jotun Architectural Trends Collection

“Every great architect is, necessarily, a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture is more than art; it is a defining characteristic of an ever-changing culture. Today more than ever we are seeing a great shift in the blending of function and design. A “sense of place” is strongly driving design to empower people and inspire them in environments that are more meaningful, engaging and sustainable. At Jotun, we understand the need to continuously push your creative limits and stay on top of emerging industry trends. That’s why we have created our Architectural Trends Collection. Inspired by five key industry movements, we have hand-picked a range of powder coatings that add light and shade, highlight focal points, evoke emotion and add unique textural effects to your designs. Discover the latest trends shaping the future of architecture.

MICRO LIVING “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like, design is how it works.� STEVE JOBS

The optimisation of small living spaces is becoming a hot trend lately, with people wanting to feel connected to the outside word, yet find refuge from it too. The decreasing space in bustling urban centres has led to smarter home design, creating spaces that feel intimate, but do not sacrifice the feeling of spaciousness.

Architectural thinking is now becoming much more lateral, conceptual and innovative with the push to make tiny spaces feel as spacious as possible. By using higher ceilings, larger windows, built-in storage, and in some cases, flexible furniture systems, even the tiniest space can feel expansive.

TINY HOME. GRONHOGEN, SWEDEN. In recent years, Scandinavia has been a hotbed for innovation within the Micro Living sphere. This tiny house exemplifies the striking balance that the movement allows, combining quaint living with the open embrace of nature. Modern techniques and materials have increasingly made this style of living affordable and attractive the world over.

CHALET. LAUGAR, ICELAND. This humble abode exemplifies one of the opportunities that the tiny home movement has created. Smaller footprints allow construction in locales previously out of reach. In an idyllic setting, between the waves and the snow, this chalet both contrasts with its sharp architectural style and marries the environment with its colours and natural materials.

Our well-chosen powder coatings offer hues specifically created to allow natural light to flood into any space. Soft neutrals trick the eye into thinking a space is larger, and soothing colour combinations can enhance the openness of any Micro Living design. Less is more.


Micro Living tries to capture the feeling of intimate space without sacrificing the function of spaciousness. Sanctuary creates the feeling of openness by reflecting ambient light through windows and effectively inviting the outside world in. As a colour, it can help blend and blur the line between architecture and environment.


Great minimalist space design can present the illusion of size though colour trickery. By using Hideaway to suggest shadows, a single room can be visually broken up into different areas. And when used in conjunction with a lighter shade, such as Sanctuary, the effect can be even more powerful.


An aspect of Micro Living is building to be part of an environment rather than simply to be within it. Nook is a warm earth tone that creates a hominess that flows between nature and a structure. It is distinguished and beautiful, yet comforting and familiar.


Home is about creating spaces that blend into their world. It’s about seeing ‘home’ in not just a house, but the environment around it as well. A dark, rich hue, it puts the mind at ease, and invites the viewer in. As part of a palette of earth tones and soft neutrals, it rounds out the aesthetics of a smaller space.