Great design can not only create beauty and functionality in your home, but it can also capture emotion. It is an opportunity to showcase your personality and create a mood through style choices.
2020 has been a year for the books, and some of the design trends we’re seeing are the result of clients looking for and needing certainty in their lives in a time when there is still so much that is unknown. We’ve noticed that creating certainty has come in the form of embracing earth tones, using mixed metals as well as high contrasting designs and materials that offer a feeling of both warmth and charm.
These are the top five design trends we are falling in love with:
- Mixed Metals
There are many ways to mix metals. We love mixing metals with décor, but you can also mix metals with hardware and lighting. We typically choose up to three different metals for a space, and recommend choosing one dominant color and one accent color when choosing between warm (brass, gold, copper) and cool (aluminum, silver, stainless steel) colored metals. This rule of thumb will help to keep the room from looking too busy or overwhelming to the eye.
2. Natural Wood Accents
Nature-inspired décor is gaining popularity because society is gravitating towards the desire of living an eco-friendlier lifestyle. Using earthly elements in your home creates a sense of warmth and comfort. There are many ways to add these natural wooden accents to any room. Some of our favorites are wooden furniture, such as dining tables, console tables, chairs, and barstools. As for décor – in your kitchen, for example – you could add wooden cutting boards, decorative wooden vases, containers, and bowls. Even adding a woven rug in a wooden color like the picture below can help tie a space together from top to bottom.
3. Fiber Art / Macramé Tapestries
This summer you will notice more intricately woven tapestries and elaborately knotted macramé art pieces inside some of our favorite homes. These pieces are a unique way to add soft texture to a home. You can also find fiber art pieces with color that help to bring liveliness into any room. We recommend adding these pieces on the wall to help anchor furniture, such as console tables or even couches, depending on their size and scale.
4. Beehive / Cane or Vienna Straw
The earth trends continue with beehive chandeliers and cane and/or Vienna straw furniture. The beehive lamp in the below picture exudes a soft glow and an ambient warmth that brings balance into a room. These types of lamps look best in kitchens, breakfast nooks, and master bedrooms. The cane or Vienna straw material can be found in antique markets or retail chains, and pairs well with most furniture. In particular, the octagonal pattern of Vienna straw also helps to create visual interest in a room.
5. Soft Materials
One of our favorite summer trends is the use of soft fabrics. We’re seeing more shearling, soft-textured mohair, imperfect leathers, and warm fabrics being used in many spaces throughout the home. This is such a fun trend that can be used in décor such as rugs, cushions, throws, chairs, and so much more. Using these elements in any room will help add a sense of softness, comfort, and relaxation.
Tell us, which one is your favorite trend? Show us some photos of your favorite spaces that incorporate these recent designs! Or, tell us how you plan to use these trends in your home yet this summer.