After two years of enduring the pandemic there has been a mass amount of change in all aspects of our lives, but also design wise. Have you noticed that over the course of the past couple of years interior design trends have leaned towards providing comfort, ease, and familiarity? This makes sense when thinking about the grand scheme of events that have happened- the confusion, and chaos in all our lives have left us craving spaces that provide relief and relaxation to combat the added stressors that we have been facing. We have noticed three prime examples of design trends that have been in the making and are currently favorable- you’ve probably seen these around! We will be walking you through all three trends: traditional style, muted color tones, and texture over pattern. We hope you enjoy these insights and perhaps apply some of these tips into your space!
Traditional interior design has historical roots in Europe from the 18th to the 19th century, however that doesn’t mean that the style can’t vary with the times. Nowadays there are certain modern elements that are often mixed with the traditional style, such as a large kitchen island, or pairing with contemporary pieces. This type of style is timeless, comfortable, and is put together without feeling over the top. There are a few key aspects that traditional design usually entails, one of which is symmetry- this can be easily altered in a home by changing the furniture around and making sure that the room has the appropriate flow and function is also critical as well. Generally, the color palette involves an array of neutrals, but there can be pops of subdued tones, which leaves the space feeling sophisticated yet comfortable. This type of style is best utilized with warm, rich wood tones throughout the space, and this can be within the furniture or the flooring. Do you have certain traditional elements in your home?
2. Muted Colors
Muted tones refer to all colors that have a low saturation, and this is created by adding a small amount of black, gray, or white to a pre-existing tone. The color saturation refers to the brightness or intensity of a hue, so colors that are highly saturated are very vibrant, lower saturated colors are more subdued. Having muted colors and tones in a space can have a variety of beneficial possibilities, but the key component that muted tones have are evoking the feeling of comfort in a space. Lately, these types of tones have been the go-to for a modern and minimalist look because they provide a harmonious blend of colors that encourage the viewer to come closer and take a second look. Since the global pandemic, which resulted in lockdowns and overall throwing everyone into a state of chaos and confusion this led to more people gravitating towards calmer palettes. The softer tones are easy on the eyes, but also provide a feeling of safety and reassurance.
3. Texture over pattern
Is texture and pattern different?- Yes! These are two different components in the interior design world. Pattern can be created by using textures. Pattern refers usually to motifs and visual designs (fabrics or wallpaper), while texture is more about the feel and the physical quality of something. Within interior design, texture is used all throughout a space to create more dimension, and interest- otherwise without much texture the space will feel flat. Using textures in a space is best when you are mixing materials and layering them- this helps bring additional depth and this can also have a huge impact on the overall look and feel. One example of a type of texture that can evoke a certain mood is something rough and grainy like reclaimed wood will bring a rustic and cozy feeling in a space, while smooth and shiny finishes such as glass will have a more contemporary look and feel.
The use of textures can bring warmth to any space and one great way to do this is by selecting the appropriate rug. The right rug can instantly bring a welcoming feeling into a room, while also adding some extra color! Other ways to layer textures in your home is by bringing in more home accessories and this could include mirrors, vases, and sculptures. Be sure to not fill the space with too many ornaments- be mindful of the number of accessories in each space. Plants and flowers are a fantastic way to bring more texture and life to a room! When selecting the right plants and flowers try to choose ones that have similar textures that are already in your space. Lastly, layering contrasting fabrics is an extremely helpful way to bring added comfort and textural interest! This can be done by having a large knit throw that is paired next to a leather pillow. This type of contrast adds balance to a room and brings a welcoming tone to the overall space. In what ways could you add more texture in your home?
This blog was written by Stephanie Davis, who is an interior Designer at Atelier Drome that is motivated by sustainability, and works to design in a way that is both human-centered and environmentally-conscious. Growing up in Austin, Stephanie’s natural talent for combining color and pattern was fostered by her grandmother’s skill in Southern traditional-style decorating. While pursuing her BFA in Interior Architecture and Design at The George Washington University, Stephanie discovered that her interest lay beyond decorating, in the sweet spot between architecture and interiors. She was inspired by the attention to sustainability and history she experienced during study trips to Copenhagen, Denmark and London, England, and filtered these experiences into her holistic and intersectional approach to design.
Stephanie is sensitive to the occupant’s experience, and works to communicate feeling through the spaces she designs. She pulls her inspiration from an eclectic range of sources, historic and contemporary, and loves to meld disparate elements within a space to support a singular conceptual vision. Interested in both the macro and micro scale, Stephanie enjoys finding the perfect details that impart the personality of the client, and sees design as “a way for people to express themselves through their surroundings.” To learn more about Stephanie take a look at her bio!