The Latest Design Trends to Follow at Home
Interior design is a fluid field that encompasses all tastes, budgets and circumstances. There’s an aesthetic that’ll suit any home, whether it’s a cozy cottage, a super-modern apartment or a luxury villa. You don’t need to remodel your home to keep in touch: the right elements in the right places can be just as effective as a suite of new modern furniture. Spice up your home with what’s in style this year and check out these hot new trends.
This is an aesthetic that will never be ‘out’ – rather it develops according to the latest tastes and technology at the time. Ultra-modern homes contain furniture with sleek, curving profiles in black or white, abstract artworks with bold touches of warm colors, and the latest gadgets. Vamp up your living room with statement pieces that will stand front and center, like an Italian Kartell armchair, which is as much as an art piece as it is furniture. Use color sparingly, and it will stand out more in a monochromatic palette. Because this is a movement that has been evolving over decades, you can find retro designer pieces to use alongside current statement buys at a fraction of the price.
This cozy aesthetic borrows heavily from the Danes, and is particularly popular in rustic or colonial homes in rural areas. Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-guh’, if you were wondering) is all about creating warm, comfortable spaces for friends and family to snuggle close in and while away the long winter nights. It’s easy to copy this look at home – look for chunky knit throw rugs and charming crocheted cushion covers in old thrift stores, drape an animal skin close to the fire and set candles down on end tables and mantelpieces.
What’s the natural response to a design craze that’s all about clean lines, soft colors and minimal furnishing? Maximalism, apparently. It’s the latest craze to sweep the country, and designers predict it’s going to be around for a long time. Maximalism focuses on pairing colors, textures and patterns that match and clash at the same time, and the phrase ‘less is more’ doesn’t apply. If you’ve got boxes of old knick-knacks or dusty side tables hidden up in the attic, now is the perfect time to bring them out of hibernation. Pick a central color to base your palette around, and then fill your home with plants, bowls, books, curtains, cushions, artwork and any other accessories that speak to your chosen palette and own personal style.
If you are looking to redecorate, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this is a home for you and your family, and your own taste and sense of style should come first. Instead of copying the latest design mags to keep current, think about what best suits your own lifestyle – do you like a sleek, minimalist home, or rooms full of trinkets and curios? Do you live in a chilly northern state or a sun-drenched beach? Make your chosen aesthetic work around your life, not the other way around.