Cohesion and balance are arguably the most important ingredients to creating picture-perfect, livable interiors. Regardless of personal taste, it's all about striking the balance between maximalism and minimalism, sophistication and coziness, and creativity and timelessness. The key? Pay close attention to texture. And while this golden rule may certainly apply to more than one interior design style, we decided to pick a few concrete décor tips that also happen to be on-trend to exemplify the beauty of working with different textures. Jennifer Wallenstein of Homepolish tells MyDomaine that we should expect the unexpected when it comes to material mixing. Specifically, she calls out brass, cement, and wood.
"Instead of seeing brass and gold with lots of white and in spaces that feel very modern-boho, I think we're going to see it used in ways that feel a little grittier," Wallenstein explained. Think moody matte black hues and industrial cement materials with organic, rustic wood beams and glammed-out metallic accents. The end result is an intriguing balance of warmth and austerity. To get in on this year's coolest décor trend while also getting your daily dose of design inspiration, scroll through the nine images below of every room in the house.
An Au-Naturel Bathroom
Encased in a smooth wooden shell, this bathtub is understated and refined without being overly formal. Though the cement floors and backsplash introduce a touch of formality, the organic shapes and general color scheme are soft and serene. There's also something distinctly delicate about the painting and black wire stool. Each piece in this room works to highlight the natural beauty of the sunlight pouring through the window.
A Bold and Graceful Corner
You know a house is actually a home when every single corner is lovingly decorated and styled. With thick brush strokes of paint on the black hardwood floors and a gold-frame club chair, this room is a glam yet understated and graceful work of art. We particularly love the way the drapes fall from the ceiling, exuding an ethereal presence. The stone side tables not only create an interesting contrast of asymmetry stacked together, but they also add an edge to the room.
A Tactile Living Room
A slick leather couch like this one can be hard to pull off, but when styled as immaculately as it is in this photo, it looks incredibly tempting. The intensity of the cement floors and black couch are softened up by the rustic exposed wood beam and column. Plus, the large windows and crisp white walls expand the room so it doesn't feel too moody.
A Minimal Dining Room
Here's proof that a lack of color is anything but boring. The dining table is simple yet elegant in silhouette, and it seamlessly blends into the floors, which amplifies the entire space. This allows our eyes to focus on the artful pendant light with gold notes, which is accented by the metallic cabinet in the back of the dining room. Plus, a canvas like this one will allow you to get creative with florals and plating, which you can switch out seasonally.
A Chic Dressing Room
We'd definitely like to slide onto one of those handsome leather poufs to do our morning routines in style. Popularized during the Art Deco period, we're big fans of burl wood furniture, especially when it's mixed in with more modern pieces like the above. The built-in drawers boast a ton of interesting texture as well as a welcoming hue while the fabric walls and scattered sconces introduce just the right amount of innovation and sophistication.
A Bare but Bold Sanctuary
Who knew that such a simple design with bare materials like wood and concrete could also exude so much serenity and comfort? This sanctuary promotes calm and relaxation while the architectural bones make it truly unique and elegant. Plus, since the room captures such easy poise, you can really appreciate those pristine white sheets. If only we could curl up with a good book to read under that metal table lamp.
A Witty and Whimsical Nook
Though there aren't any cement features in this room, it has a similar feel to the others because of the texture play and brass, brown and gray hues. The structural design of the black floor lamp along with the deep black hardwood floors and brass cabinet are broken up by the organic shapes and colors of the woven rocking chair and shearling throw pillow. Plus, a pop of hot pink can make just about any space feel more vibrant and alive. This gray rug does an exceptional job of creating depth and unity.
A Personality-Packed Bedroom
This bedroom has a little bit of everything in it, from the surf-lodge vibes of the wooden bed frame to the urban feel of the cement floors and bohemian feel to the bedding and low-slung chair.
The Architectural Staircase
Well, hello, gorgeous stairway to interior design heaven. This little corner doesn't take up much space, but it offers plenty of intrigue and creativity. The floating wood stairs, brass light fixtures, and cement fire pit are architecturally innovative and will introduce a unique touch on their own that they don't need much else. So keep things simple by throwing in a side chair for a pop of color.
Would you try this edgy décor? Let us know what you think and how you'd incorporate this style in your own home in the comment section below.