Don't age yourself with your design style.
The popularity of sites and apps ranging from Instagram,
Pinterest and design blogs has given interior design a wider reach than ever
before. But before you incorporate all that barn wood into your living room,
think about which design trends will be better investments in the long run, and
which will have people coming into your home a decade from now saying, “Ugh, it looks like
2015 in here.”
The ‘All White Everything’ in the kitchen may be short-lived.
Pristine white kitchens have been common over the last few
years, and while they certainly look clean, the trend is already evolving.
Kirsten Grove, a Boise, Idaho-based interior designer known for her blog
Simply Grove, warns the all-white kitchen can get old fast, even if it’s still
in style, “Ten years ago I wanted an all-white kitchen with white counters and
white hardware. Everything was white. And I think I was over it in six months," she says. "It was too sterile.”
'Almost' all white will last longer.
For those who like the look, Grove recommends following more recent developments in the all-white kitchen world by playing with the texture of countertops or adding color to your cabinets. “Right now
with cabinetry, people are getting curious about what it’s like to have colored
cabinetry,” Grove says. If you still prefer the white, two-toned cabinets (white for the upper cabinets and a natural wood tone for the lower cabinets)
help to break up the color in the kitchen.
The more natural light, the better. For longer.
“People are really moving away from overly fussy,
heavy-handed [window] treatments,” says Julie Bass, who owns an interior design
firm in Annapolis, Maryland. And according to Bass, they won’t be coming back. Design now focuses on bringing in natural light and simple shades or blinds to provide privacy. Any drapery serves only a decorative purpose to frame windows.
Chevron is going out fast
A couple years ago the chevron zigzag pattern burst onto the interior design scene, and just as quickly, it’s making an exit. As a pattern that
made its way onto curtains, rugs, pillows, and even walls and floors, people
seem to be getting sick of it. Grove isn’t shy about her dislike of the
pattern either. “It’s gone – out. It should be out,” she says with a laugh.
... but herringbone is here to stay.
A softer cousin of chevron, herringbone has replaced the
previous trend as the V-shape pattern to use. Herringbone has also been around for decades. “You see herringbone in the flooring
from 1890 in brownstones in Brooklyn. It’s a more classic choice – it’s
timeless,” Grove says.
The Moroccan pattern is still in – for now.
Another geometric pattern of the moment is the signature
shape widely referred to as “Moroccan,” which Bass says embodies an international
trend that appears on rugs, linens, drapery and even tile. “We’re sort of in the midpoint of that [pattern], and global
patterns in general have been very popular,” Bass says. “You want to show a
little bit of global influence because the world has gotten to be such a
But don’t overdo it.
To avoid regrets down the road, don’t embrace the Moroccan
pattern too holistically. Laura Umansky, creative director of Laura U Interior
Design in Houston, recommends using it in small doses now, because you’ll
probably replace it with a new pattern in just a few years. “Using it in a
small room, like a powder room, would be great … [Or] in kids’ rooms it’s great
because they grow up so quickly, you’re going to want to change it anyway in a
couple years,” she says.
Gray is strong in the neutral palette …
The days of beige walls in every room are gone, and
designers who spoke with U.S. News say they’re not coming back. With gray serving
as a more common neutral in current designs, Grove says it provides more
ways to play with color in furnishings. “People assume in their mind that beige
should be the base of your room, but it’s hard to mix colors with beige because
beige has such an orange-y, yellow undertone, and so you can’t necessarily mix
cool items in a beige room," she says." Gray, black and white – you can pretty much do
anything you want.”
… and cream is cropping up too.
Umansky says a lot of her work now involves creams and warm
whites rather than gray, which allows for more warm hues in furnishings. Whichever
neutral you choose for your home, know that it will likely cycle out of style
over time, though if you wait long enough, it’ll be in style again within a
decade or so. Select a neutral you personally love and will enjoy looking at
for longer, unless you want to repaint your rooms every few years.
Gold is slowly replacing silver …
Similar to neutrals, the metal in style tends to cycle
between gold and silver, though the trends have longer staying power. Bass says gold is a rising trend to complement the warmer color tones
coming into fashion. “They’re definitely moving more into the golds, and you’re
going to see a lot of that in lamps and the hardware of the home,” Bass says.
… but don’t throw out your silver lamps just yet.
Not only do silver and nickel have some time left in them,
but Grove says mixing metals in a room is a rising trend. “It looks
organic,” she says, and it allows you to buy new gold pieces beginning to
trend without having to hide any of your silver pieces that don't quite match in the basement.
Open floor plans will remain a staple.
Interior designers agree open
floor plans won’t be going away, simply because they embrace function over
formality. Umansky says fewer barriers between rooms makes it possible to use
every square-foot of the home. “That open floor
plan makes sense for young families," she says, "and especially for homeowners that have a
casual lifestyle – just because it’s an easy way to live.”
She has appeared in media interviews across the U.S. including National Public Radio, WTOP (Washington, D.C.) and KOH (Reno, Nevada) and various print publications, as well as having served on panels discussing real estate development, city planning policy and homebuilding.
Previously, she served as a researcher of commercial real estate transactions and information, and is currently a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Thorsby studied Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she also served as a news reporter and editor for the student newspaper The Michigan Daily. Follow her on Twitter or write to her at email@example.com.
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