When you’re planning a renovation, looking to decorate your new home or simply seeking fresh ideas to spruce up a room, there’s no shortage of resources, from HGTV shows to Pinterest boards, architecture and design magazines and, of course, Instagram. The photo-focused social media platform makes it easy to follow design gurus, experts and companies that match your taste and can provide great ideas when it comes to interior design.
Here are 10 interior design Instagram accounts you should be following:
- Kristin Jackson, @hunted_interior
- Jungalow, @thejungalow
- Reena, @hygge_for_home
- Nick Olsen, @nickolsenstyle
- Sarah Sherman Samuel, @sarahshermansamuel
- Emily Henderson, @em_henderson
- Jean Stoffer, @jeanstofferdesign
- Leanne Ford, @leannefordinteriors
- Hilton Carter, @hiltoncarter
- YoungHouseLove, @younghouselove
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Kristin Jackson, @hunted_interior
In her blog and Instagram posts, Kristin Jackson, editor and “hostess in chief” of Atlanta-based Hunted Interior, shows renovation and design projects from both her own home and clients’ houses. Jackson's @hunted_interior posts are full of geometric patterns, vintage pieces mixed with modern decor and breakdowns of the complicated work that can come from a seemingly simple project. On her blog, Jackson notes she aims to show how layering a space makes it look complete, rather than any one item.
This Instagram account will add color, pattern and life to your feed. Jungalow is the Los Angeles-based interior design business of Justina Blakeney, who also has a popular personal account, @justinablakeney, that evokes a similar bright, bohemian feel. Photos on @thejungalow offer creative, acheivable ideas for making a room feel a little more lively. Blakeney explains that rooms in real life have a flaw here and there, and a good design Instagram account will show realistic spaces with attainable goals. “It doesn’t have to be perfect,” she says.
If you’re looking to add more comfort to your life and your Instagram feed, check out @hygge_for_home. Founder Reena Simon creates content focused on Scandinavian design – especially the Danish concept of hygge, a cozy and content feeling – and her own renovation adventures as she and her family build a house in Cardiff, Wales. This Instagram account is full of renovation ideas, tips for making small spaces feel welcoming and a real-life look into how long a major construction project can take.
Nick Olsen, @nickolsenstyle
Interior designer Nick Olsen, founder of Nick Olsen Inc. in New York City, uses his educational background in architecture to select pieces of furniture, color schemes and textiles that highlight key details in the structure of a room, such as exposed beams, windows or elaborate crown molding. On his Instagram account, @nickolsenstyle, Olsen shows images from his design work and travels as well as photos from other sources to be used as inspiration. Keep an eye on how he uses light and shadow in many of his photos to enhance the mood of a room.
Sarah Sherman Samuel, @sarahshermansamuel
Sarah Sherman Samuel’s Instagram includes before-and-after photos of client room transformations and links to do-it-yourself instructions for projects like built-in bunk beds. Sherman Samuel is a color and pattern expert who works in both interior design and product design, so expect to see plenty of close-ups of tiles, rugs, baseboards and tabletops that show off the smallest of details. Sherman Samuel travels between Los Angeles, where her business is based, and Michigan, where her family has a cabin. Her Instagram account allows you to follow along with renovations, as well as the construction of a design studio in the Midwest getaway.
Emily Henderson, @em_henderson
Emily Henderson's design company in Los Angeles is focused on providing interior inspiration and products at midlevel prices that are accessible to more people. As with her blog, Henderson's Instagram account offers not just design tips, but aspirational photos and a glimpse at her family life. Henderson shows snapshots of rooms with links to advice for decorating different parts of a home, from holiday design and styling a living room to decorating hallways and bathrooms.
Jean Stoffer, @jeanstofferdesign
Based in Chicago and southwestern Michigan, designer Jean Stoffer's professional Instagram account serves as a kind of public portfolio, showing off projects designing everything from a rustic cabin to sleek, modern houses. Images of Stoffer’s work in clients’ homes manage to look carefully designed while also comfortable. Cabinets painted in dark colors pull a room together, kitchens feel usable and the laundry room becomes a room you want to show off, if you’re following Stoffer’s design style.
Leanne Ford, @leannefordinteriors
You may recognize Leanne Ford from “Restored By the Fords” on HGTV, which shows the home renovation projects she completes with her brother, Steve Ford, in Pittsburgh. Ford’s Instagram account for her interior design business shows luxurious arched doorways in bathrooms, unique approaches to decorating shelves and ways to incorporate art in a room. Ford says the rooms you spend the most time in should get the most attention. "The more people think to create a sanctuary and think to take care of themselves, the better," she says. Ford's Instagram shows how to think outside the box in design as well, revealing in one post how she installed an overhead light fixture on a vertical wall to create a unique solution for lighting issues in the space.
Hilton Carter, @hiltoncarter
Incorporating more flora is a growing trend for interior design, and artist Hilton Carter will show you how you can freshen up your home with plant life. Carter describes himself as a “plant and interior stylist,” and his photos show how to make a space a bit more wild with cacti, ferns and ivy – and how to care of them properly. Images of Carter’s Baltimore home often show plants growing from just about every corner and shelf. He also provides recommendations for incorporating plants if know your time or skills for tending to them may be limited.
Whether you have DIY skills or you're hoping to acquire them, @younghouselove is an account that will give you ideas, tips and commiseration. John and Sherry Petersik operate not just the Instagram account, but their popular DIY blog that started it all, Young House Love. They've also written a book, “Young House Love,” and host a podcast “Young House Love Has a Podcast.” Even if you’re not a regular reader of listener, the @younghouselove Instagram account can be a resource for DIY project ideas, beautiful seasonal shots of the Petersiks’ house and examples of projects like incorporating patterned wallpaper and tile into a space.
It may be time to update your decor.
You may not be moving into a new house in 2020, but you can make your home feel new again by taking stock of each room and updating the design. You may want to make your living room more functional by finding a better furniture layout, brighten up a guest bedroom with new paint or go big with a full renovation of your kitchen for a more modern style. To make any design changes a success, however, you’ll want to know what styles will become more popular in 2020 and what fads are on their way out. Here are 10 interior design trends to consider in 2020.
Updated on Dec. 6, 2019: This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.Zen dens break up floor plans.
Zen dens break up floor plans.
Open floor plans may be here to stay, but many homeowners are interested in creating a room that lets you separate yourself from the goings-on in the rest of the house. For some people, open floor plans are "too open,” says Tim Bakke, publishing director of online home and design plan company The Plan Collection, based in Scarsdale, New York. “If you have the TV on in the living room, everyone in the kitchen and the dining room is hearing it and seeing it.” Bakke says separate, closed-off living spaces called “zen dens,” are ideal for reading a book or having a more private conversation, and he thinks they’ll gain popularity in the coming year. “It’s not splitting up the house, but you have someplace where you can kind of get away from it,” Bakke says.Master suites expand.
Master suites expand.
As wellness gains emphasis, more homeowners are looking at spaces where they’ll most likely benefit. As a result, master bedrooms and bathrooms are getting more love. “Maybe a little bit of square footage is taken away from other parts of the house and put into the master suite,” Bakke says. Whether it’s to expand the bathroom and add a soaking tub or to make room for a sitting area in the bedroom, homeowners are considering their bedrooms as a space where they can spend more time beyond sleeping and getting ready for the day.Inside and outside continue to blend.
Inside and outside continue to blend.
Outdoor living has been gaining popularity over the last few years, and designers continue to see blurring the line between outdoor and indoor as a desire among homeowners. Gena Kirk, vice president of design for homebuilding company KB Home, based in Los Angeles, describes successful interpretations of the trend as “extending the great room into the backyard,” which not only makes entertaining easier, but also allows you to relax on comfortable seating on the patio when the weather is nice. For homes that experience colder seasons, a fire pit, outdoor fireplace or outdoor heaters allow for snuggling under a blanket while still enjoying the outdoor living space when the weather is chilly.Organic elements are here to stay.
Organic elements are here to stay.
Indoor plants have made a resurgence in recent years because they add life to a space. Meanwhile organic elements are expanding into furniture and decor as designers incorporate more natural wood tables, natural fiber rugs, coral, dried flowers and branches into decor. While these items are no longer living, they offer a connection to nature and the outdoors. Keep an eye out for sisal, jute or seagrass rugs, which can be found at major retailers like Home Depot, Ikea and Wayfair. While it’s easy to find faux coral tabletop decor, you need to read product descriptions carefully to find real coral for purchase.Wallpaper and texture provide depth.
Wallpaper and texture provide depth.
Rather than sticking to traditional eggshell wall finishes and basic cotton throw pillows, design experts are looking to patterns and textures to make rooms feel more dynamic and personal. Interior designers particularly encourage wallpaper in a half bathroom, where you can have a bit more fun without overwhelming the space. Wallpaper is making a comeback in other parts of the house as well. Barbara Kavovit, CEO and founder of Evergreen Construction in New York City, says wallpapering a room makes a great do-it-yourself project, requiring little skill – just the patience to do it right. You can also experiment with texture on walls, whether it means creating a faux stucco look with plaster and paint or incorporating upholstered panels or reclaimed wood.Velvet becomes a staple.
Velvet becomes a staple.
Velvet is becoming a preferred furniture fabric over microfiber or leather, since it offers a soft texture that looks luxurious in bright, bold colors. Expect to see more bedding accessories and throw pillows in velvet, which can provide additional texture in a bedroom or living room. This trend isn’t just for winter, either – if it's the right color and paired with other textures and materials, velvet works in a room year-round. Light pink or mustard velvet pairs well with just about any color.Blue is the color to incorporate.
Blue is the color to incorporate.
Both Pantone and paint company Sherwin Williams have announced that their colors of the year for 2020 are dark shades of blue: "classic blue" for Pantone and "naval" for Sherwin Williams. Dark and navy blues can serve as neutral colors for a room and pair well with lighter colors, bold jewel tones and even metallics for an art deco look. Lighter blues and greens are also popping up more in furniture, decor and paint palettes, which can make for a soft look or a bold statement in different combinations. As a wall color, navy creates a darker setting, leaving room to play around with lighter neutrals and pops of color in the decor. It can also be used as an accent in a lighter room.Say goodbye to gray.
Say goodbye to gray.
If you’ve been watching HGTV renovation shows or have toured homes at just about any point over the last decade, you know that gray has been the go-to neutral for walls, furniture and even home exteriors. But over the last couple of years, other neutrals have been threatening gray’s domination of the color market. “Those very cool grays – they’re dying. They’ve been dying. Everything’s starting to warm up,” Kirk says. Interior designers are seeing a return to shades of brown and beige, as well as navy, to offer a warmer palette. Don’t be afraid of looking outdated if you use gray in your color scheme for a room, but if your entire house is painted in the same gray shade, it’s time to add some variation.Computer rooms are out; charging stations are in.
Computer rooms are out; charging stations are in.
If you’re still dedicating part of your kitchen to house the family desktop computer or it has its own designated room, rethink that space. With everyone using laptops, tablets and smart phones to browse the internet, do homework and pay bills, there’s no need to take up space with a bulky desktop that no one’s using. A family computer room can be converted into the "zen den" your house has been missing, a guest bedroom or another space your family would use more. But there’s still something you can do for the family electronics: “Phone, tablets – all those things need to be charged,” Bakke says. He recommends creating a charging station with enough outlets to plug in multiple devices, located in a common drop zone where people enter and exit the house like the mud room.Minimalism moves over.
Minimalism moves over.
People still like clean lines, but these days designers are seeing more homeowners embrace eclectic decor styles, with modern vases and bowls as well as imperfect antiques that add variety. While a simplistic, uncluttered look is still popular, designers and homeowners now look to "incorporate focal points with an older piece," says Jim DiGiacomo, board member for Olde Good Things, an architectural salvage store based in New York City. Flea markets and antique stores are prime shopping targets. The opportunity to find one-of-a-kind pieces has expanded online as well, as eBay, Etsy and more specialized stores like Olde Good Things offer extensive online inventories, allowing you to find vintage prints, vases and even architectural gems like mantels, doors and ceiling tiles to incorporate in a room remodel or new home design.Interior design trends to keep an eye out for in 2020 include:
Interior design trends to keep an eye out for in 2020 include:
- Zen dens break up open floor plans.
- Master suites expand.
- Inside and outside continue to blend.
- Organic elements are here to stay.
- Wallpaper and texture provide depth.
- Velvet becomes a staple.
- Blue is the color to incorporate.
- Say goodbye to gray.
- Computer rooms are out; charging stations are in.
- Minimalism moves over.
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