While home décor isn’t as cyclical as fashion, new trends do pop up every year or so. Stunning colors, clever use of space, elegant furnishings, and sustainability are rising in key cities across the globe. Whether you’re renovating your home or simply looking for a way to spice up your living space, we’ve put together some of this year’s top interior design trends for you to try.
As climate change becomes more drastic, more people are looking towards more sustainable solutions, not excluding interior design choices. Energy consumption is one of the major contributors to climate change, according to a sustainability report by United Nations. So it’s only natural that natural lighting has become significantly more popular. Think wide windows and high ceilings where light can easily pour in. Natural light is especially popular with traditional Japanese interior designs, since it’s something that promotes “contact with the elements” (in line with their nature-oriented culture). It’s also one of the best ways to make homes appear more vibrant.
Lately, interior design has been less about perfect, spotless surfaces. Inspired by the buildings and houses from the Industrial Revolution, homes are now embracing “imperfections” in design. Concrete walls, exposed pipes, and beams, traditionally hidden from sight, are artful accents and decorative statements now. See the industrial-chic appeal in Bristol-based designer Hamilton Litestat’s bold metal wirings.
However, when dealing with exposed pipes and ductwork, always consult with professionals to ensure your house stays safe and functional at all times. If you’re not careful, HomeServe warns that burst pipes can be very costly and hard to manage. This is especially true if you live in a very old house. So, if you’re looking to channel an industrial-style design, make sure to only pick good quality materials that won’t cost you in the long run. Design should never compromise safety.
Scandinavian-inspired interior designs are all the rage right now. And what better way to do that than by adding some velvet furnishings? In a surprising twist from its old-fashioned days, velvet is now seen as luxurious and comforting. This multi-dimensional fabric adds a layer of depth to an otherwise neutral design. However, staying true to the Scandinavian style, you may want to choose light colors and simple textures.
The French Countryside style has always evoked a sense of familiarity for locals and travelers alike, mostly thanks to it’s warm, comfortable, and timeless-looking kitchens. Marble is a tried and tested material that adds luxury and beauty wherever and wherever you put it. However, it’s an especially popular choice for kitchen countertops. For a bit more modern flair, you can opt for hues like pure white and pale pink. Plus, with a variety of veining patterns, it gives every stone its own unique look.
We saw the resurgence of dome or mushroom lamps back in 2017, and this particular trend seems to have picked up some steam again. One company that can be credited for its resurgence is New York-based biomaterials company Ecovative Design, who sold grow-your-own kits used to mold lamps. The kit contains corn stalk, hemp, and a healthy amount of mycelium cells (the root structure of mushrooms) which, when combined, grows into a lamp-like structure within eight days. It’s a cute and eco-friendly way to light up your room.
This year is turning out to be an exciting year for interior design. And there’s no better time than now to step outside your comfort zone and breathe new life into your home with these trends.