MAJOR SHIFTS IN INTERIOR DESIGN & COLOR
Because of technology and wildly creative people, I was able to attend both Summer & Fall Interior Design Markets virtually via 'Zoom'. In fact, as I write this post I am safely sheltering from home, and attending virtual showroom tours at High Point Market in North Carolina (tour snap shot above from Go Home's Showroom)! THIS IS SO COOL!!! I believe subjecting myself to as much diversity as possible allows me to co-create better with others. I also believe that beauty needs boundaries in order to succeed. So while I've been bringing you more information this year (to my email subscribers) about new possibilities & ideas in hopes that it will inspire you to be yourself while creating your unique home, realize that sometimes new ideas can feel pretty extreme when they first come out. But, God loves diversity and His opinion about what reflects His glory in our homes is the ultimate opinion. Shift 1: From Minimalism to Maximalism We are entering into a new era of self expression which translates into more uniqueness, more stuff, and more decoration - enter: maximalism. Most of what I see is still over the top - aka: too much energy for me (as displayed in this link to the Decorators Showcase in San Francisco), but if you're a creative, you understand that we create a lot of ugly before it looks good so we’ll continue to see more maximalist spaces develop through trial and error, and just like most art, if we don't give up - eventually it will get better. As you probably guessed, maximalism is the opposite of minimalism. In interior design language that means there is more mass in the form of color, pattern, lines and other architectural details. This change in 'heaviness or decoration' is because people are ready to look different than their neighbors instead of their homes looking cookie cutter or predictable. This also means they're going for spaces that are much more layered, detailed, decorated and expressive. Think about the design styles from the Victorian age or the fluffy hair of the 1980's. Interior design trends seem to go from one end of the spectrum to the other until they find the perfect balance. But here's the great news about this shift - now you have permission to express your unique authenticity at home. And when your home reflects what's important to you, you'll love it forever! I call this designing on truth not trends. Recently while shopping at Home Goods, a lady close by made a remark in frustration about her 'boring all gray home'. She stated that she didn't understand why her home wasn't supporting her when she followed all the design rules from a famous designer. I told her I hear this all the time, gave her my business card, looked at her photos on her phone, asked her a few questions and then gave a few tips to help her add her own personality to the space. So, I'll tell you the same thing I told her (but realize I don't have my eye on your room & I can't mind read) - if you’re looking to add more interest to make your house a home, I recommend playing with different textures, mixing prints, and introducing bold color little by little. Classic blue and white is a big trend right now (see kitchen room render above that I recently designed), as well as wall-papered anything and don't forget the return of bold decorative wall and floor tiles in the kitchen and bath. Yes, I'm a big fan! And yes, we will all want to rip them out in 15 years! So consider your options wisely. In addition to blue, soft, muted colors from nature are also a big trend right now. Sage green is showing up and making us all feel refreshed, as reflected in two separate client projects below: Shift 2: From Cool Colors to Warm - aka: Brown in Back! You heard it hear first folks! But this is not the same brown of 20 years ago and it's not called 'brown' (just like pink isn't called pink - lol). It's called copper (with a muddy orange base) and tobacco or wheat (with a muddy yellow base). Home interiors are shifting away from stark and cool neutrals to embrace a warmer feel. This shift started slowly before the pandemic but is escalating quickly because Scientist have confirmed the impact color has on our mood (which gives us permission to use it) and color is an easy & inexpensive way to transform your home into a relaxing oasis away from the chaos of the outside world. Nothing makes a space feel more welcoming than a warm color palette, and I believe truly neutral hues, that read pure and relate to the fixed design elements, are always considered good design and classic style. More and more clients are asking for help creating 'comforting' spaces within their homes since so much more time is being spent there. So color trends are leaning more towards warmer tones in everything from wall colors, tiles, and counter tops to fabrics and metals. These colors mixed with soft textures, create an oasis everyone will want to spend time in. If you are hesitant to introduce color, or fear you will detract buyers in the near future, don’t be! These soft neutralized tones provide a welcoming, palatable feel to a space now and into the foreseeable future. I continue to see a gradual transition from greys being the foundational neutral color to anchor a room to warmer stone colors and I love it! And it is a better option here in Northern Indiana where we're under the Lake Michigan Perma-Cloud (gray/blue light) for six months a year! ;) And here's a mood board project and room render for another recent project based on copper: Shift 3: From Sharp and Angular Lines & Shapes to Soft and Organic: Curves have made a comeback and I'm loving this juxtaposition of male and female! First, I saw curves used in sofas and furniture, and now I am seeing an increased theme throughout other design details as well. This is quite the shift from the sharp angular, masculine lines and shapes that have been dominating home interiors for the last 15 years. Adding curves back into the mix will inject softness and balance into any space.The addition of curves is synonymous with adding femininity back into interior design. I mean stop and think about it - Adam was incomplete without Eve for a reason - perfectly balanced design involves both the pretty and the practical.
My tip for introducing curves: start with less and build from there. Consider a curved mirror, curved chair (see below), wavy but subtle lines in your counter top, curved accent tiles or something as simple as adding art or table top accents with curvy lines and shapes. Or consider adding feminine touches in your fabrics - think velvet and florals. The Mood Board below illustrates a lovely mix of current trends beautifully. Of course, I'm still loving the strong architectural shapes, lines and dark colors of this current modern, angular architectural look (how about you?). Shift #4: From Unused Space to Multi Functional Spaces As we have been spending more time sheltering at home, more and more people are realizing now is a good time to make smart intentional choices about how they can make a better use of the space they have. Because of the pandemic, we are making the transition to working and teaching children at home, entertaining at home, aging in place and caring for our aging parents at home. Therefore, making spaces more multifunctional will stay on-trend. With "WFH" becoming the norm for so many, I foresee a continued desire to transform every square foot of home into a more powerful reflection of who we are and how we live and what we value —think no space should go to waste! And we're not limiting ourselves to our inside spaces - outdoor rooms, extended gardens and converting sheds into livable spaces are also being considered & given new life as well.
In fact, here at home, we are in the ideation phase of converting my design studio into a 'dawdy haus' or garden home that will include an outdoor room for my aging dad. The first phase vision board is below. Right now we are feeling more grounded in our values than ever, and we’re showing it by being extra-intentional in how we shop and shelter at home. I believe we’re gearing up for what I call - ‘design on purpose'. Whether you’re wellness-obsessed or just want to fill your home with some fresh, positive vibes, in the coming years it’s going to be all about choosing items that are meaningful, thoughtfully designed, and that resonate with our values & what’s important to us. In fact, Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year, Aegean Teal is a reflection of those values! And isn't that what home is all about in the first place? A safe place to come home and be reminded of God's goodness and grace at every turn and to nurture, encourage, teach and connect with those God has given to us to care for!!!! Comfort and Simplicity are always in style - in fact I call this timeless design - but discovering & developing your idea of what this looks like in your home isn't intuitive - it's science, focus and skill - kinda like baking yeast bread. The ingredients are simple and essential but perfection comes in the process. So, if you're overwhelmed with information & possibilities and unclear about what to do next, you're in the right place. I'm here to help you cut through the confusion and shed some light on the things that matter most before you embark on your next 'creative' adventure. After all, your home is the most important investment you'll ever make and it affects well just about everything. And unlike homemade bread, mistakes can be costly and frustrating without the help of someone who's already been there. I know from experience that trying to figure out personal style, what's important, what goes and what stays can be overwhelming and watching more HGTV doesn't teach you how to design anymore than watching Perry Mason teaches us how to be a lawyer or a list of ingredients and a recipe teaches you how to make a masterful loaf of homemade, artisanal bread. How about you? Do you have a kitchen, bath or another room, that might not be quite right but you're not sure about what it needs or how to create a plan that checks off all the right boxes for you and your family? We all have a little 'Fixer Upper' in us. But, Interior Design is not easy when you don't know the way or have the time, patience & money to figure it all out. And sometimes it's not about the creating, it's about discovering what to create! So if you're stuck on the hamster wheel, Just click on the button below to schedule a FREE 20 minute design chat and I'll provide you with a free checklist to get you moving in the right direction. Our ask to join my private interior design community here. So which one of these big shifts is your favorite? Can't wait to hear from you! Until next time, Continued prayers and blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26), Karen