Royal Refresh: The Major Design Trend You Never Saw Coming
Our latest design crush feels particularly timely with Valentine's Day just around the corner. Indeed, it involves plush fabrics in rich hues, elaborate forms, romantic motifs, and a complex label: "the new traditionalist." Though seemingly an oxymoron, it isn't as complicated as it sounds. Adopting the styles from the European Baroque and Rococo periods and blending them with contemporary trends, new traditionalism is a timeless style everyone will appreciate.
We're not the only ones looking toward Marie Antoinette for décor inspiration this season, either. As interior designer Justin DiPiero of Homepolish tells MyDomaine, a ton of decorators are "going back to our roots, if you will"—oh, we will. And as far as trends to look out for, he assures that "we can see a reemergence of velvet tufting, Louis-inspired shaped, and jewel tones." See some visual displays of the coolest, most romantic trend of 2017 below.
Tufted Velvet Furniture
Geometric in shape but regal in material, tufted velvet chairs are a success story for décor tradition mixing. Not to mention the velvet fabric and plush cushions make this chair the most comfortable yet stylish living room staple.
Standout Jewel Tones
The brutalist decorative object as well as the concrete dresser contrast with the chair's traditional shape and glitzy gold trimmings. But the true standout feature is that gorgeous blue jewel tone—and you can never go wrong with an all-white backdrop.
This moodier take on the new traditionalist trend has just the right amount of edge to it. The bold materials and meticulous details are characteristics of the Baroque style, yet there's something about this corner that still feels so chic and du jour.
Marie Antoinette has undoubtedly inspired her fair share of fashion trends. Even though several centuries (and revolutions) have come and gone since her reign, she's still a fashion influencer today. One of the most persistent characteristics is the use of curves evoking luxury and all things fancy.