Being stuck inside has made people re-think what they want their interior decor to look and feel like. Design trends are all over the place. The one thing that is guaranteed is change is coming.
We've found there is no shortage of design styles in today's homes. The modern farmhouse or a version of it has been popular for sometime now. If you love the modern farmhouse style, don't worry, it is still going strong. However, we're seeing a movement to more interesting, nostalgic and relaxing trends.
What do you do if the modern farmhouse everyone has worked effortlessly to achieve is not your style? One emerging trend is a modern look with clean lines and spaces. And, you don't have to be a minimalist to live with a modern look.
I found the article below that gives many examples of how to decorate and still enjoy comfort, relaxation, clean spaces and a style that works.
Here are some things I've observed from showing homes and reading about design styles.
1) White walls are coming back. Not stark white but crisp light or warm comfortable white. Colors such as Valspar Bistro White Benjamin Moore's Atrium White Behr Smoky White SW Sanctuary or Sherwin Williams City Loft.
2) It isn't all about the white walls. The gray colors still have a strong following. SW Agreeable Gray and SW Repose Gray is still a popular choice. However, light hues of blues, yellows and even pink are forging their way into homes. SW Mountain Air is a popular pale blue that depending on the lighting may look white, light blue or even gray. Yellows are poping up to go with the gray wall trend and Benjamin Moore has a popular line of yellow to choose from. Pink hues or taupe with pink undertones made the list such as Benjamin Moore First Light.
3) Accent Walls and Bright Bold Colors make a splash. If you're brave enough, you may want to try some of these colors. Benjamin Moore's Aegean Teal is a gorgeous teal. If only I could find a place for it with my current color scheme. Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a neutral color that can pair with many color schemes. It is gorgeous in bathrooms and even on cabinets. SW Navel is still a hot color. Bright greens, yellows, and dramatic blacks are also forging their way into today's homes.
4) Wallpaper is back! You heard me right. And it's not your mamma's wallpaper. Gorgeous textures and colors are popping up in homes as accent walls and even covering full rooms. If you want something fun then go for it. Just remember, what goes up must come down. Those of us who've had to remove wallpaper or pay to have it removed may still be filling the pain of those past choices. However, I suspect that won't stop most people. If you still have wallpaper from the 90s understand it is not the same. Go ahead and remove, replace, or paint if you plan to sell your home.
5) Emerald Green accents are very favored from velvet sofas and chairs to decor pieces. We just can't take our eyes off them.
6) Indoor plants are very desirable, real and artificial. Many decorating pieces show artificial trees such as this fiddle leaf fig tree.
7) Oversized light fixtures that are open (see-through/transparent) are finding their place for a dramatic touch.
8) Builders tell me the white Kitchen cabinet is still the primary choice. White kitchen cabinets are a classic. However, I do see people refinishing their old cabinets with shades of gray, blue, or green. What I'm reading is green cabinets will be in our future.
9) What's in? Due to the pandemic think relaxed and comfortable. Granny-chic, grandmillennial, nostalgia, and vintage are a few buzz words you're going to hear and see over the next year. Rattan and cane furniture is making a comeback. Natural and sustainable fabrics and accents are becoming popular. Plush furniture is catching the eye of homeowners. Extended all year outdoor living spaces are still very popular during the pandemic.
10) What's out? Barn doors are being replace with other fashionable options. All what bathrooms are being replaced with warm natural colors. Homebuyers would rather have partially open floor plans vs. the completely open floor plans from the past two years. Some are saying Shiplap is falling out of fashion. I think it will continue to hold a place in the homes of people who love it. Some are painting it with updated colors.
The most important thing is to remember, love where you live. You can always change it if is outdated or overly personalized when is time to move.