Interior designers shared trends that are on the rise this season and some that are fading out.
Homeowners are predicted to use curvy, sculptural sofas and gallery walls to make a bold statement.
Nautical shiplap walls, large floor mosaics, and open-concept kitchens aren’t trendy this season.
Rattan is a trending material with a natural vibe.
Interior designer Jonathan Miller of design firm Jsquared told Insider that rattan is back in this season.
“This classic 70s material is being revived with straighter lines and darker or mid-tone stains,” said Miller.
Rattan can give an organic feel to minimal spaces and mixes well with a mid-century modern design.
Built-in storage is taking over.
“Specialty cabinetry is no longer just for the kitchen and bathroom,” said Murphy. “We’re seeing built-ins made from everything from acrylic to concrete.”
This allows you to customize your storage to suit your style and needs, so you can install systems such as low wall cabinets that can double as seating or swap freestanding bookshelves for built-in shelving.
British revival is the latest “it” look.
Miller told Insider that using a mix of classic and modern British-style elements is definitely in vogue this season.
“British revival is in,” said Miller. She said she’s seeing a lot of furniture with floral-patterned chintz fabric, a type of cloth with a glazed finish.
To nail this look, think bold floral wallpaper, chintz curtains, and upcycled vintage furniture.
Match your wall and trim color for a dramatic look.
Tone-on-tone wall palettes, where the interior paint is the same color as the trim, are making a splash this season.
“This look provides dramatic impact and a moodier aesthetic to a room by making the textiles and accessories pop,” said Murphy.
If you’re looking to maximize the drama, Murphy recommended choosing a darker color like navy blue, deep purple, or even black.
The gallery-wall trend is still going strong.
A gallery wall can wake up a bare area with a collection of art and treasured items.
“Gallery walls look best when done using coordinating frames,” said Miller. “I’d also recommend using a piece of original art as the focal point.”
Miller recommended incorporating shelving for pottery or sculptures to give depth and dimension to a gallery wall.
Sculptural sofas are a cozy spring trend.
According to Miller curved, sculptural sofas are popping up in living rooms and design magazines everywhere.
“The soft edges and deep seats of a curved sofa make it an inviting place to sit,” said Miller. “It exudes subtle sensuality and creates warmth on cold evenings.”
If you’re thinking about adding an eye-catching curved sofa to your living space, make sure the rest of your decor creates a sense of balance.
Large floor mosaics are out.
Large floor mosaics in place of tile in kitchens and bathrooms is a fading trend.
“Though we still love the look of a good mosaic used sparingly, large floors covered in busy mosaic tiles are out,” said Murphy.
Not only can elaborate sometimes mosaics look overdone, but also the grout lines are often tough to clean.
Shiplap is a tired design trend.
Shiplap has been a trendy design material for years, with nautical-inspired paneling used on everything from backsplashes to fireplaces.
“Texture on walls and ceilings is still great, but it’s time for a departure from the standard horizontal shiplap look this spring,” said Murphy.
Instead, you can decorate wooden walls with reeded panels or a board and batten design or even install shiplap vertically for a modernized look.
Cool tones are out, warmth is in.
Cool-gray and white hues are making way for cozier colors this spring.
“Gray and white with those cool purple and blue undertones are just over and done,” said Murphy. “We are ready for warmer looks.”
Murphy suggested swapping stark-white and gray colors for softer “greige” and wood tones.
The modern farmhouse look is dated.
You can say goodbye to sliding barn doors and furniture made from old pallets because the modern farmhouse has officially come and gone.
“It’s easy to fall out of love with a style when you see it everywhere daily,” said Miller. “Consumers have become bored of the modern farmhouse look because of a lack of originality.”
To keep rustic decor feeling authentic and modern, try using a few locally-sourced vintage or thrifted pieces.
Open-concept kitchens are falling out of favor.
Open-concept kitchens, which combine cooking areas with dining or living spaces, aren’t always ideal.
“The pandemic made us value having private, separate spaces in our homes,” said Miller “This means big kitchens with open layouts can be impractical.”
To break up a combined kitchen and living space, consider using moveable screen partitions or even adding a half-wall to create distinct boundaries.
Dining rooms are being repurposed.
With the rise of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people transformed their formal dining rooms into flexible living and working spaces.
“Dining rooms now see daily multifunctional use, and people are customizing them into flexible and adaptive spaces,” said Miller.
If you’re not ready to nix your dining room entirely, opt for a collapsible table that can be tucked away when not in use.
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