One of the features in the January issue in Better Homes & Gardens is a focus on trends in home design, specifically looking at what is hot right now and also forecasting what’s coming next. I was asked by the editors to share my two cents on the topic this month, here what I think based on what’s trending in magazines and on Pinterest too.
Three Trends That Are Hot Right Now:
1. Plank Walls. Remember all of those wood paneled walls from the 1970s? They’re back! It’s a thought that makes many people cringe, but no need to fret! This time, they’ve been turned horizontally and given a coat of white paint. These large scale planks bring a cottage feel and fresh backdrop to any space from a bathroom to a kitchen nook to a family room.
2. Recycled & Repurposed Finds. One of the most environmentally friendly movements in recent years is the one which has folks reusing things from the past but in new and interesting ways. These green choices bring character indoors with one-of-a-kind goods that can be found at flea markets and antique fairs.
3. Globe Pendants. Lighting has come so far in recent years, and we can now find so many options for the modern glass globe pendants that you can drop down anywhere to instantly add contemporary flair. Where do you fancy them, above your kitchen island or your reading nook? Consider large scale versions or multiples in a dining space, office, or bedroom, they complement every style!
What’s Next? My three predictions!
1. Everyday Mixed Metals. Matchy matchy metals are now a thing of the past. Interior designers have been mixing metallic sheens with abandon for a few years and at last it’s a growing trend among homeowners as well as magazines and retailers continue to model the look. The rule is to not go overboard, two are ideal but keep your metal sheens to no more than three in a room. Take a cue from this stunning entry which features a gold leaf focal point mirror, a modern antique brass pendant, and brushed nickel hardware on the entry doors.
2. Messy Zig Zags. Graphic prints have been popular for a long while and chevron has reigned supreme for at least a year. We’ve seen chevron everywhere from wall treatments to fabrics, but thankfully there’s a new kid in town in the form of messy and more fluid zig zag patterns. Look for them to make it big on the design stage in 2013!
3. Mixed Materials. Another “mixing” trend! I love seeing so many people confidently blending rustic with sleek, or patina with polished, and breaking down any notion that spaces must stay true to a particular design style – staying true to your personal style is really what matters.
And now for a quick “Trend Q&A” between me and the BH&G Editors:
1. Trend I’d Lose : Taxidermy heads as focal points, they work in a mountain lodge but not in a city townhome. However, I do love the ceramic versions in the right spaces, even urban ones.
2. Blog I’m Loving: DustJacket Attic, Debra collects and features the best in interiors from around the world, and a little fashion and food inspiration as well.
3. Person I’m Following: Tobi Fairley, she’s a fabulous interior designer and inspirational life coach for others too.
4. Show I’m Watching: Downton Abbey – for the early 20th century interiors, the drama among the upstairs and downstairs residents, and the one liners of the Dowager Countess.
5. Store I’m Shopping: C Wonder – just a few boutiques scattered around the country, but always open online, C Wonder has some of the freshest dishes and accessories you can find for your bookshelf or tabletop.
6. Color I’m Coveting: Glossy navy with touches of raspberry and antique brass, the combination is so sophisticated and chic.
7. Accessories I’m Adding: Handmade bowls found on my recent travels – I like to buy something unique for my home when I adventure to a new place.
Here’s another interesting article I featured last week on Design Trends of 2012 including my thoughts and those of four fantastic design bloggers, be sure to weigh in with your insight.
What trends in design are you loving right now or incorporating into your home?