The Year's Best Interior Trends
The end of the year is a time of reflection and celebration. What could be more apropos than waxing poetic over our very favorite décor moments. From grand gestures to subtle, stately details, these powerful design trends leave us wanting more. Keep scrolling to get inspired.
The limed oak effect pioneered by French interior designers Jean-Michel Frank and Austrian furniture maker Paul T. Frankl had its heyday in the Art Deco era. The high contrast effect has since been widely embraced, cutting a striking silhouette in even the most modern of spaces. San Francisco-based interior designer and creative director Ken Fulk of Ken Fulk Inc. is behind this stunning cérused wood paneled bar for private SF social club The Battery. The designer told us, he’s “drawn to the texture and movement” in the wood. We're loving the texture-rich look, steeped in raw elegance and rustic glamour.
If windows are the eyes of a room, why not deck them to the gills? Dramatic window treatments offer opportunities by the yard to experiment with color, patterns, and texture. Utilizing a bright pop of vibrant hue creates a focal point within a space, highlighting key architectural details and drawing the eye upward. Create a harmonious dialogue within the space by peppering in accessories in complementary shades throughout the room.
If you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, consider the drought-friendly, low maintenance indoor cactus your new favorite fixture. The southwestern design favorite made its way into a plethora of spaces, from chic Parisian living rooms to chilly Scandinavian lounges. Perennially chic and handsomely boho, the high practicality and sculptural silhouette of succulents fit in anywhere.
This year Pinterest was alight with kitchens and bathrooms aplenty, all adorned in Turkish and Persian rugs. The mix of passionate color and soulful pattern work is enough to bring a dose of high-spirited exoticism to even the most minimal of looks. We’re especially loving the look with an all-white kitchen.
The unfettered, laid-back sophistication of exposed wire lighting fixtures adds visual interest and sculptural dimension to the ceiling. Wires of this Flos Aim Multipoint Pendant light hang unapologetically center stage within a grandiose space. The focal point is the epitome of unaffected drama.
This year the yellow sofa made quite the splash in every shade of the sunny hue, from mustard to citron. Designer Colin Radcliffe chose a single effervescent yellow sofa as the singular color moment in this minimal-chic townhouse restoration. Energetic and unexpected, lemon-toned seating feels decadently happy.
Even without a dedicated library, we’re still more than willing to indulge in a practical and undeniably fun library ladder. Adding height and smartly layered dimension to any space, from highlighting kitchen cabinets to adorning a well-appointed closet, any excuse for a spin on one of these artfully crafted accents is cool with us.
When it comes to materiality, blue velvet has a certain je ne sais quoi. The ultra-plush, romantic and soulful fabric in deep azure hues provides a sublime muse. Sophisticated yet bold, velvet’s mercurial ability to feel both dramatic and subdued, traditional yet vivacious, is well worth celebrating. The regal statement-maker can't be tamed.
What was your favorite trend of the year? Tell us in the comments below.