As we enter this new year, and we plan out our goals for the year, it’s hard to ignore home improvement. Over the years, home decor trends have drastically changed. Everyday I thank my luck for not participating in the shag carpet and neon colored wall trend. Because trends are constantly changing, you shouldn’t feel obligated to update your home on a whim, everytime you see something new within the home interior realm. But if you see a trend you love, you should run with it and have some fun.
I don’t know if we should classify smart homes as a trend, as it’s not exactly something that will be going out of style. They are definitely on the rise, and becoming more and more popular lately, though. With just a few simple devices and modifications, you can control everything in your home by either voice command or an app on your phone, from starting your coffee maker, to checking your morning commute, to unlocking your front door from across the house.
Shy away from dark colors
Out with the dark, in with the light. As far as color palettes go, you want to stick with mainly light colors. Light colors make a room appear to be larger than it is, as well as look less cluttered and allow more light to penetrate the room. If you have your heart set on dark colors, settle on one darkly colored accent wall, or a dark colored piece of furniture as an interest piece in a room, or even just a few dark pillows thrown onto your couch and chairs.
Sustainable materials, please
One of my personal favorite trends on the rise lately, is sustainability. People are becoming more and more aware of their impact on the earth, and switching to sustainably made products is a no-brainer. When selecting furniture, try checking out a thrift store first. You can always upcycle an old piece of furniture, and it’s better for the environment this way. Recycled and preloved products are always going to be better than anything else.
Even though the tiny home craze a few years ago has somewhat died off, the desire to live in smaller spaces hasn’t gone anywhere for many people. Whether out of necessity or not, there is a much larger market for furniture that serves multiple purposes. A coffee table with storage space. A murphy bed that can fold out of the way. Pull out couches. Storage space under beds, extra deep cabinetry, and essentially any other type of extra storage space that can save room, is important to consumers.
Blush is the new white
Blush is a neutral now, whether or not you like it. Us? We like it. Give us all the blush, please. Blush is such a delicate color, that adds a bit of interest to any normally monochromatic space. You can incorporate blush in so many different ways, but via accents is probably the most popular. Throw pillows, accent chairs, and textiles are perfect ways to add blush into your interior design.
All the florals
Florals in each and every form have saturated our home decor, and we are not mad about it. From fresh blooms to living walls to floral wallpaper, we want all of it. The great thing about florals is that they are so versatile. There is truly something for everyone. I would argue that almost all plants and greenery fall under this category as well. If you want a floating shelf or hanging planter filled with succulents, do it.
No matter the color scheme, minimalist design is here to stay. Let the pieces you have speak for themselves, and don’t over clutter. This is especially helpful if you rent and aren’t able to paint or remodel your space. Focus on simple designs that are removable, and celebrate the fact that less is more