Styles and trends are shaped by a multitude of factors. The realms of fashion, economics, politics, art, entertainment, religion (and on and on and on) all come together to impact our lives and drive our preferences.
The way these factors move together to influence home design trends is a great interest of mine. At the moment, I look around and see a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the world. We have unrest in the political system, volatility in the economy, and uncertainty in our lives. Because of all this uncertainty, I see a move back to safety in our private spaces. With all that’s going on, it is no wonder that we are looking for safer ground.
We paint our surroundings with colors that makes us feel comforted, like earth tones that are derived from nature. We are going to see a shift away from the cool gray walls and dark stained hardwood floors of the past few years to warmer color palettes and more vibrant accent colors.
In addition, we are choosing to no longer live our lives out of a catalog but feel the need to express ourselves more freely with custom designed layouts and custom-built pieces. Open floor plans, which have been on the rise for a long time, are here to stay for many decades to come. So are free-standing tubs and spa-like showering spaces.
The main change in the upcoming trends will be the move back to more earth tones, which ground us and make us more connected to our surroundings, as well as bright colors and calming greens to instill confidence and comfort. Overall, more individuality, warmth, and personality will be expressed in interiors this year.
Trends to look out for:
- Shift away from grey tones
- Green everywhere throughout the home
- Coral for “optimistic” interiors
- Yellow for happiness — look for it as a bold statement or as a bright accent. Not dramatic or overwhelming if used properly
- Textured walls
- Matte finishes, including black kitchen and bathroom fixtures
- Matte black cabinetry
- “NO” to glossy finishes
- Colorful kitchen appliances
- Earth colors: ochre, terracotta, burnt gold
- Agate stone accents and agate wallpaper
- Biophilia – a tendency to seek connections with nature
- Big plants
- Natural wood, two-tone kitchens, and natural elements
- Handmade tiles
- Velvet furniture and geometric designs
- Painted ceilings
- Industrial hood vents
- Concrete countertops and accents (while they may be trendy, they are not my recommendation due to porosity and maintenance issues)
- Brass/copper accents and decor
- Unusual kitchen sinks – like copper sinks, exotic shapes, and vintage looks
- Edgy “iron” cabinetry
- Artesian/Vintage light fixtures
Melinda Dzinic, CR, CKBR, UDCP