The Latest Interior Design Trends
Deciding on the latest interior design trend can feel a bit overwhelming. It takes a bit of daring to try an all-new design idea, especially if it’s a trend that you haven’t seen your friends or family implementing. In my experience, though, it’s always worth the extra effort. For many homeowners, starting small is the key to success. For example, you could take the latest fabric trend and simply incorporate it with a single throw pillow. Another option is to stick to the trends designers predict will be in vogue long-term. The following insights are safe bets with wide acceptance among the design community. Give some of these a try and let me know how it goes!
Corduroy – First velvet became popular, now corduroy is the on-trend darling of interior designers. Both are soft and durable with a highly tactile texture that’s warm, comfortable, and very visually appealing.
Mixed Materials – Design trendsetters are now mixing and matching mediums like metal, wood, glass and fabric, as well as incorporating stones and other natural materials, to create settings with more variety and a modern sensibility. Gone are the days of buying a matching collection of furnishings. Today, you can combine a sofa with exposed metal framework with side tables made of distressed wood.
Neon Signs – Light up a room, a window, or a dark basement with this bold home-design trend. Neon glass artists can create just about anything at relatively affordable prices. Have your favorite inspirational phrase turned into a neon statement. Get funky with a fun neon icon, or a completely abstract neon design. Even commercial neon signs have a place in this trending design movement.
Textile Art – Incorporating woven fabrics is one of the best ways to soften many of today’s hard-edge interiors and add new pizazz to any design concept. It’s easy to imagine pillows and throws, but the trend goes so much deeper than that. There are textile wallpapers, wall hangings, sculpture, room dividers, even framed textile art.
Vertical Garden – With all the emphasis on preserving the natural environment today, it was only a matter of time before the green movement moved indoors. In a twist on the traditional potted plant, vertical gardens (also known as living walls) are the new trend. Small ferns and plants with trailing outgrowths (like philodendron) look especially good in these wall-hung planters. But because living walls use little soil, watering needs to happen more often and plants require special care.
Clay & Terracotta – From floor tiles to flower vases, painted walls to potted plants, the burnt-orange look of clay and terracotta has gained a strong following in the design community. Known for its timeless appeal and rustic charm, the rich, earthy red and brown tones are easy to incorporate into most any setting.
Storage – As many Americans choose to live in smaller homes and make the most of every square foot, storage is now trending as a design element, as well. Instead of stuffing items out of sign in storage chests and closets, many designers are now opting for “display storage,” such as open shelving, display cases, exposed racks and clear cases. Another element of this trend: orienting storage spaces vertically to free-up more floor space.
Multi-Functional Furniture – Another space saver trending in design circles is furniture that can be used for more than just one thing. Examples include wall beds that transform into home office spaces, beds with storage drawers underneath, desks with built-in shelving, and more.
Source: Windermere Home Update