Lasting Trends in Interior Design
While the concept of an interior design trend may bring to mind bold designs that sweep into fashion and then, just as quickly, fade away– think: avocado-green appliances of the 1970s or the track lighting fad of the 1990s. Design trends have been gravitating away from that flash-in-the-pan effect.
An eye on timelessness now drives the foundation of many interior design plans whether it be in the desert of Santa Fe, the mountains of Whistler, or the along the beach in Naples. Choosing ageless finishes for a home lends it a more flexible canvas without inducing a significant remodeling headache when a space needs to be updated. Floorplans are growing in size, with the new need for two home offices and a return to the home gym, so perennial design choices are more important than ever.
Layers of neutral finishes, especially with an organic undertone, are proving popular. Using neutrals for hard-to-change finishes like countertops, cabinetry and flooring allow the homeowner to freshen up their kitchens or bathrooms by changing the rugs and furnishings. Mixing creamy colors with complementary grays and taupes provides a calm, cool, unbiased backdrop against which paintings and throw pillows can really pop.
In line with those natural shades is an ever-growing appreciation for natural materials in interior design. Stone looks and feels substantial and serves beautifully for everything from countertops to entire walls. Tongue-and-groove wood ceilings offer warmth and subtle texture to any aesthetic, whether modern or traditional and include the side benefit of dampening sound in spacious rooms.
“The beauty of a trend is to provide knowledge and inspiration, but the beauty of design is being able to take that trend and create something unique to each space.”
Artistic lighting brings a lot of oomph to a room. Pendants and chandeliers that are sculptural in their own right are both decorative and functional. They add drama and dimension closer to the ceiling, highlighting an area that otherwise might be overlooked, giving depth to the space.
Indoor-outdoor crossover spaces, many with retracting glass doors, have become ubiquitous in this region with beautiful weather year-round, with both indoor and outdoor fireplaces for cool evenings.
Perhaps the most desirable aspect of design now is the customization available. Tailoring a look that is unique to the homeowner and doesn’t echo the “house next door” appeals to everyone. From custom cabinet stains to the plethora of tile and flooring options to the sheer availability of resources from all over the world, it’s easier than ever – to completely customize your home.
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