Decorating your own home can feel like an overwhelming task. The key is to adopt several trends that suit your needs and style. You don’t need to follow everything to the dot! Today’s post curates some of the best pieces of advice from top interior designers to help everyone take charge of their own creative decorating decisions at home.
1. Play with Monochromatic Textures and Patterns
Patterns liven things up in the room. Keeping it monochrome makes the place feel harmonious and creates a soothing environment.
”Monochromatic textures and patterns are more and more finding a place in interiors. Pattern play between elements of a room adds drama and dimension to space. A juxtaposition of graphic forms can come together to tell one beautiful story,” says Kelly Wearstler.
Single cushion sofas can help make a small room feel bigger as compared to double or triple-cushioned sofas. The other bonus is it’s much more comfortable to nap on a single cushion. Getting rid of the gap or line separating two cushions also means you get to seat more people.
”We can see single-cushion sofas trending in 2018 due to their sleek and easy feel. The unfussy look totally encapsulates modern comfort,” says Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone of Consort.
3. Be Brave. More is More
We often feel lesser clutter will make a room feel luxurious. The opposite, when arranged and organized well, is true too.
”We will forever be inspired by Tony Duquette’s mantra that more is more—prints, patterns, tassels, bold colours, obscure art. These are the things that give the wow factor! It’s always good to throw in a sculpted chair or side table to keep a clean feel. When you buy pieces that speak to you and fill your home with things you love, your home will never go out of style,” says Emily Ward and Louisa Pierce of Pierce & Ward.
4. Bring Out The Antiques
To go down the green and eco-friendly approach, buy or reuse antiques. Antiques are generally built to last and they never go untrendy. Antiques such as antique chairs can be upgraded or given a fresh new lease of life via refinishing and reupholstering. A well-cared antique goes up in value too.
”This doesn’t feel like a trend because we’ve always worked tradition into our designs. We’re big believers in using pieces you love. We have many clients who are young and come to us with inherited pieces from family that we work into the mix. Reupholster a pair of antique chairs or a delicate French bench in a fun fabric, say a bright orange and white block print. Take it from serious antique to something that looks right at home with a clean-lined sofa, or in a spare modern entry.
A room that has a few beautiful old things can feel very layered and collected and very comfortable. We love online sites such as 1stdibs, because we can easily scour other parts of the country or world to find a special piece, and it definitely makes for a one-of-a-kind home,” says Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner Miller.
5. Welcome the Comeback of Colour
Without colours in life, life would be dull and boring. Colours can brighten up the mood and room immediately!
”Color gives you an opportunity to create vibrant and unexpected moments. Try playing with two bold shades together to create a fresh combination. A quick way to do that is to paint walls a bold hue, swap out pillows or change up a drape fabric,” says Kara Smith of SFA Design
6. Incorporate Parisian Art Deco
Parisians have always been looked up to as stylish and classy icons, whether it’s in fashion or the home and lifestyle. Start with some of their classic styles such as statement sculptural lighting and bold pops of colour among neutrals.
”Croissants, the Mona Lisa, Brigitte Bardot—the French really do timeless well, and yet are always setting the trends both in fashion and home. And while we don’t want to box up all French design into one single post or style, there seems to be a large Parisian Art Deco movement that we are loving, that has bled into the design world an ocean away,” says Emily Henderson.
7. Think of Hybrid Spaces
Everyone wants to maximize space if they can. In our fast-paced life, we want things to be efficient and a hybrid space can help with that. The designers from Nickey Kehoe explained as follows:
”More and more, our clients are looking to maximize space with dual-functioning rooms, and we think 2018 will see hybrid spaces becoming the new norm. The dining room, for instance, goes unused in most homes, as we find most people taking their meals in the kitchen. As the formal dining room falls into disuse, we’ve been encouraging transforming it into a dining room–library. A quiet sanctuary free from the distractions you might find in your media or family room. An unused dining table can be a perfect place to stack books you’re currently reading, and a sturdy étagère functions beautifully as a bookshelf/buffet. It’s a fantastic trade-off—after all, a good book is truly food for the soul,” says Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe.
8. Upgrade kid’s spaces
Kids have needs too! To encourage independence and self-sufficiency in younger children, make sure everything in their room are kid-friendly. Are the bookshelves at kid’s height so they can reach out for a book without adult help when they feel like reading? Are the chairs made for children or adults? A good children’s room gives them a sense of ownership, something that says “It’s my room.” Let them decorate the walls with some of their artworks too.
For the teens, individuality is important to them. They also need their own space to work on their own projects and pursue their interests. Head over to themed teen bedroom designs for some ideas.
”It’s amazing how a whimsical built-in bunk bed or a chic mix of patterns in a playroom can unlock the creative minds of children and parents alike. Our little ones need beautiful, thoughtful and stimulating design too!” says Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of Studio.Life.Style