Despite the fact that there isn't a seasonal shift in the air, the staleness of certain décor trends is palpable. Blame it on the perpetually gray skies, the less-than-ideal chilly temps, and numerous other abysmal winter weather conditions, but we're dreaming of a change of scenery. Simply put, we're not waiting until the first day of spring to embrace fresh color trends, adopt new textures, and transform our spaces.
In search of inspired trends to try right now, we asked eight interior designers to weigh in with their expert-approved recommendations for February. From saturated and moody colors to statement light fixtures, these are the trends the pros are embracing next month (and the ones they're leaving behind). If you're curious to know which trends to try (and which to skip) this winter, simply keep scrolling.
Trend to Skip: All-White
Trend to Shop: Saturated and Moody Colors
"This year we designed a green kitchen for the Portland Fixer Upper, and the saturated moody tone was so pretty," Los Angeles–based interior designer Emily Henderson told MyDomaine. "I loved creating something that was different from a lot of the all-white kitchens that we have been seeing all over Pinterest. Don't get me wrong, I love a bright white space more than anyone, but that moody tone really made me want to spend a lot of time in that kitchen. If an all green kitchen isn't for you, then think about bringing the trend in through a few accessories or textiles in your room."
Trend to Skip: Edison Bulbs
Trend to Shop: Statement Lighting
"We've all done it, and heck I even have some lights with them in it—but one trend that I am getting ready to say goodbye to is the Edison bulb," says Brady Tolbert, the creative director of Emily Henderson. "In the right context, it definitely can work (when dimmed), but rather than using a light kit and Edison bulb as a light source, instead look into a plug-in wall sconce that is a statement piece. I love the Italian- and French-inspired designs that speak for themselves and add not only another source of light to your room but an architectural and graphic feature. Bonus points if you find something vintage."
Trend to Skip: Being Afraid of Color
"Incorporating color doesn't always equate to adding bold or bright elements," explains Los Angeles–based interior designer Stefani Stein. "Tints and tones can add subtle depth to a space."
Trend to Shop: Wallpaper
"Wallpaper has always a favorite of mine for adding layers and visual interest, without clutter, especially in a smaller space," says Stein. "On this front, florals are definitely back—not sure that they were ever gone—but, I'm gravitating toward motifs with a modern take on the classic floral."
Trend to Skip: Bright, Overly Yellow Brass
"Every time I use am sourcing brass—whether it be hardware, lighting, or even a coffee table tray—I look for a well-patinaed /weathered brass," explains Joyce Downing Pickens of JDP Interiors. "The bright modern hues are harsh, and a modern trend is on the outs while the Old World look is in. A well-worn brass can instantly elevate a room and make it look more expensive while a bright brass can do the exact opposite."
Trend to Shop: Dark and Moody
"I have been seeing a major shift in the world of interior design away from the light and bright toward the more dark and moody," says Pickens. "I'm incredibly excited about this change as I feel we have all done the light and bright (especially those of us living in southern California), and there's something to be said about this new look that allows for a more layered, interesting space that opens the door for unique creative possibilities. Nervous to commit to the whole house? Start with an office, guest, or powder room!"
Trend to Skip: Chopped Pillows
Trend to Shop: Beautiful Planters
"The trend I will always continue to shop is beautiful planters with gorgeous houseplants," says Homepolish designer Mandy Cheng. "They warm up any space and make it so much more inviting. Everyone loves a bouncy leaf. Hanging plants will always be a staple for me because they bring your eye up."
Trend to Skip: Pampas Grass
"I get it, they make a naturally bohemian statement inexpensively," says Natalie Myers, the founder of Veneer Designs. "I have seen them used for styling in every possible environment imaginable lately. It feels oversaturated, and I'm ready to see a new unexpected floral accent in events and interiors."
Trend to Shop: Mural Wallpaper
"What designer doesn't enjoy playing with scale? My latest love is mural wallpaper that makes a dramatic and elegant focal point instead of smaller-scale patterns," says Myers. "There are too many good products right now on the marketplace, and I'm looking for the next client willing to take a rewarding risk by going big. I am obsessed with natural landscapes in monochrome like these examples: Tres Tintas by Rebel Walls, Polermo from Pattern Collective, Susan Harter Pastoral for an office, dining room, or bedroom."
Trend to Skip: Primary Colors
"Recently, we've seen more use of primary colors, and I think it's a trend I'll skip," explains Shea McGee of Studio McGee. "I might use the colors separately, but I don't think I'll do an entire room based off the color palette."
Trend to Shop: Maximalism Meets Minimalism
"I'm looking forward to the maximalism meets minimalist trend in 2019," says McGee. "I love seeing traditional elements paired with large dramatic statements like curved furniture or an oversize pendant. It's full and streamlined without feeling cluttered. I'm excited to see more of it in the New Year!"
Trend to Skip: Brass Finishes
"I'm tired of seeing the brass finishes that have dominated my Pinterest and Instagram feeds for the past few years," confesses Emma Beryl. "I love a touch of brass when layered with other metals, but I'm ready for matching-brass-everything to share the spotlight with more classic finishes like polished nickel or chrome."
Trend to Shop: Handmade and Vintage
"A friend recently introduced me to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi," explains Beryl. "Wabi-sabi teaches us to accept and embrace imperfections. I love the idea of an imperfect handmade or vintage piece of furniture or art piece because it feels more storied and soulful."
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