10 home decor trends taking off now
As you know in fashion, one day you’re in. And the next day you’re out,” says host Heidi Klum when she opens every episode of “Project Runway.” Home-décor trends may not be as fleeting, but like apparel fashions, they do come and go.
Here, according to Lehigh Valley-area interior designers, are 10 trends they are seeing and expect will be big in the coming year:
1. White Kitchens
“We are still seeing a rise in white kitchens,” says Shoshanna Gosselin of Love Your Home in Emmaus. “A lot of people are still doing that.”
What’s white in the kitchen? Countertops (quartz), cabinets, and walls, she says.
2. Painted furniture
“We’re seeing a lot of that, too,” Gosselin says. “It’s because we have all this white going on. It gives things a pop of color.”
3. Mixing metals and finishes
Gone are the boring days where lighting and hardware finishes matched throughout a space, says Lia Papasimakis Fraccaro of House Splendid in Emmaus. “Nowadays, we’re seeing an exciting blend of not only materials, but finishes within those materials as well.”
Gold and brass also are “back in demand in the kitchen and in bath fixtures,” says Gail Dunn of GailGray Home Furnishings and Design in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. High Point Market, the premier trade show for the furniture industry, “was dripping with brass chandeliers, accessories, furniture, etc.,” she says.
Old-school thinking is that all the metals in a room must be the same. “Today, we think differently, mixing and matching to heighten a room’s appeal,” says Lori Scheirer-Roth, interior designer at Ebert Furniture Gallery in South Whitehall Township. “Chrome and silver are no longer favorites; golds, copper, and black are dominating hardware and lighting choices.”
4. New metal
White plaster, a new metal finish, is making its debut on light fixtures and lamps, Papasimakis Fraccaro says. “It is an unexpected and eye-catching addition that can easily be added to any decor.”
Texture is coming in, in a huge way, Scheirer-Roth says. Examples include “pillows … covered in fur, wool, silk, etc. Ottomans sporting hides.” Heavy weaves and leathers also promise to be popular, she adds.
Expect another texture — vinyl grasscloth wallpaper — to be big as well, Gosselin says.
The straight lines of mid-century modern rooms also are being given new life by adding curves, says Scheirer-Roth. “These can be found on table bases, chair arms and accent pieces.”
Floral accents in bright colors will complete this new curvy look. “A farmhouse decor gets a new twist by adding a gold light fixture and colorful, accent upholstered pieces,” she says.
7. Vinyl floor cloths
Floor cloths are making a huge comeback, and vinyl ones are all the rage, says Papasimakis Fraccaro. “They’re perfect for anyplace you need something low profile but highly durable — in an entryway, around an island, beneath an eating area, a laundry room, or even a playroom. Their non-slip surface makes them great for outdoor use, as well.”
They’re offered in a wonderful array of patterns and sizes — every style from vintage to classic to funky. A big benefit: They allow you to display a little pop of color and personality anywhere in your home, she says.
8. Organic materials
Think cork is just for Post-its and thumbtacks? Think again. “Cork is making a comeback — on everything from walls to flooring to furniture,” Papasimakis Fraccaro says. Other organic materials that will be big: Shells and mother-of-pearl. “They’re popping up on side tables, mirrors, lamps, and the like,” she says.
9. Custom furniture
“I’m definitely seeing more custom furniture,” Gosselin says. Thanks to social media, homeowners are able to see more of what’s out there, and they want to have something that’s well made and preferably made locally, she says.
Also popular, according to Gosselin: Turning reclaimed pieces of wood and metal into furnishings. Especially appealing are reclaimed pieces that have some meaning, such as wood from a nearby abandoned railroad trestle that has been turned into a fireplace mantel or bookshelf.
10. Outdoor fabrics indoors
Outdoor fabrics are moving inside. “Over the past few years, we have received outdoor fabric samples from our upholstery vendors, and they’re growing by leaps and bounds,” says Scheirer-Roth. “They’re easy to clean, durable and fade resistant, but unlike the outdoor fabrics in the past, they’ve become soft to the touch.”
Now, here are Three home-décor trends the designers believe are on their way out:
Furniture in the bedroom, living room and dining room all had to match. Not anymore, Gosselin says. “People are getting rid of all the matching stuff.” For instance, the trend is to buy a dining-room table and chairs that totally don’t match. “The hutch has become an item that people can take or leave these days,” she adds.
The new “in” look, Papasimakis Fraccaro agrees, is to mix things up. That goes for everything, including metals as well as furnishings, she says.
As televisions have gotten bigger with flat screens, TV armoires don’t work, Dunn says, adding that any heavy, bulky, dark wood furniture is out. Scheirer-Roth agrees. “Furniture, as well, has become clean, fresh, with a less-is-more approach,” she says.
Heavy window treatments; overstuffed furniture
Big, heavy drapes and window treatments are out. Instead, you’re seeing more drapery panels — roman shades with clean, straight lines, Scheirer-Roth says. Likewise, “upholstered pieces have become smaller and more manageable — very few overstuffed, wrinkled looks are out there now,” she says.
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