For the second half of this decade, there are several major design elements that seem to be here to stay - for a while, at least. Trends stay current for around 10 years and most of these looks have been gaining popularity for the past five years.
The younger set is definitely driving the most major of changes. Monochromatic, all white or beige interiors seem boring now – unless there are pops of colors around. Twenty and thirty and forty year olds want color and pattern and they favor more contemporary and mid century designs.
For those like me – older and more settled – bold color and pattern can be very scary. Anything other than white has definitely been against my aesthetic, but I have to say, I am find myself more and more attracted to both color and pattern.
In my own family room – I recently changed out my simple striped curtains for patterned ones and added pops of pink linen. I really would love to add a pink chintz or patterned fabric to the chairs. Perhaps this year?
Patterns on the curtains added a lot more movement and interest to the room. So do the pink linen pillows. I would rather they be pink velvet – I prefer velvet pillows. The two tall side chairs would be wonderful slipped in a pink chintz fabric. But – I will never change out solid slipcovers on the major seating. With dogs, slips are the only way for me – plus, I still prefer a lighter interior over a dark one.
Ginger Barber made some major changes herself. For years she has lived in cottages or Georgian styled houses, filled with antiques and a monochromatic scheme. She recently moved to a townhouse with a distinctive mid century vibe – including a wall of wonderfully contemporary windows. She mixed in her antiques with touches of surprises – like this very modern cone light fixture with a gold metal finish. Her new house shows a perfect way to combine a traditional interior with updates from this decade to keep it fresh and young. Something as simple as a new light fixture can update a design.
Shannon Bowers introduced bright yellow and pinks to this living room filled with white. The yellow and pink are picked up in the paintings. In this room filled with antiques - Bowers added a contemporary Mouille light fixture and modern art. This room is a wonderful mix of classic and modern and would be perfect for a young family or empty nesters. I love this so much!
Eleanor Cummings took yellow even further – mixing it with green and aqua. And she added a tufted sofa, another look that has really taken off.
Here is how to add color and still be classic. A pink and white ikat is mixed with tufted white and antiques are mixed with modern furniture. This look could be for young or older.
Blue is a hot color this year. While many of the blues are very bright, I prefer a softer shade. Here, blue velvet is mixed in through the pillows and the settee. Velvet is a trendy fabric this decade. And – did you know that cotton velvet can be placed in the washing machine???? Yes!!
Another trendy blue room – this room has so much “new” happening – wallpaper, dark painted walls, velvet, touches of gold metal, and tufting.
The biggest trend this decade is in lighting fixtures. The Sputnik is THE fixture to have. It’s everywhere now. Everywhere. And it instantly brings a trend factor to the room. Here, the trendy blue and the Sputnik make this room in style.
Lauren Liess – the popular interior designer and blogger – added this large Sputnik to her new living room. The oversized fixture is perfect for the room - it adds a youthful, contemporary touch to a room where texture is the main focus, along with the organic vibe Lauren is famous for.
This dining room mixes trendy velvet tufted furniture in pastel shades – along with a Sputnik. Pastel colors are another trend.
Here a mix of organic and contemporary features. Organic touches in a room – like this huge table continue to be popular.
A large Sputnik is mixed with classic looks in a traditional townhouse. The single large painting – is trendy.
A gorgeous crystal Sputnik – my favorite. The dark walls are a major trend, as is the patterned rug.
The Design Daredevil, Jessie Miller, created my favorite room in a One Room Challenge here. Created in just six weeks, this room is stunning. Stunning! It’s everything that the younger set is lusting after – and more. First, the dark, black walls. Black walls are everywhere right now – and this room shows you why. Again – the crystal Sputnik from Anteriors – gorgeous. Notice the classic medallion mixed with the contemporary fixture – ying and yang perfection!!! The fireplace is faux – a great idea to add architectural interest where there is none. Design Daredevil also added the molding. The bed? Another stunner. And gold – a big, big trend this decade.
Across the bed, she added a lone graphic painting mixed with trendy metals – golds and silvers with white ceramics. Trendy tufted leather settee. Fabulous room. No wonder designers are following Miller in droves. She’s one to watch.
The trend of dark rooms, black, blue, brown – started a while ago, but they have exploded recently. Aerin Lauder’s living room has been dark for years. A very popular interior, it probably was an inspiration for many of the dark interiors of today. Mix with the animal print and velvet pillows, it is gorgeous.
The bookcases were painted the same as the moldings in white – which brings relief to the dark room. Green velvet – another trend fabric - covers slipper chairs.
Dark lacquered walls with a contemporary fixture.
Dark walls, matte – with dark painted bookshelves. I think I like the bookshelves painted dark more than white
Across the room – another view. Here, the lone contemporary art work – in graphic black and white, another trend item.
Matte dark walls – with a wall of paintings. This Gallery Wall look is not new, but its popularity has grown even bigger.
A bedroom with dark walls – and white molding to pop a contrast. I love a dark bedroom.
Brooke Shields living room in NYC is also dark – and is also a mix of new and old.
Graphic painted floors are very trendy – here in black and white.
This black and white floor is a popular pattern. The room is a real mix – the floor, the antique styled chairs, the burled wood table, the modern light fixture – its young and fresh, but classic.
While a dusky maroon is Pantone’s color for 2015, mossy green seems more popular. It’s softer than black and brown and mixes nicely with blue.
Here, green walls and green velvet mixed with leopard – a very trendy look. And an oversized lone painting behind the sofa.
Dark walls, ethnic fabrics, mix of metals – but the biggest trend is the large tufted sofa. Tufted is back and huge this decade.
Katie Stassi Scott is a major talent. Major. I love what she did here – white walls, pink curtains, fabulous chandelier – and a large tufted red sofa. Love!
OK – Sally Wheat won the Paper City design contest with this remodel of her bedroom. When I saw it in person – my jaw dropped. The tufted bed is wonderful. But her patterned flame stitch carpet from Starke – in pastel grays and pinks - is WOW!!! GORGEOUS!!!!!! She showed me her choice before and I didn’t have the vision to see how fabulous it was going to be. O M G!!!!!! Well, no wonder she won First Place. I wasn’t surprised at all.
And in front of the window – she chose this pastel pink velvetmsofa with fabulous curves. Another WOW!!! The art work, the lamps, the table, the pillows. THAT RUG!!!!!!!!
More fabulous floors – Kelly Wearstler helped to inspire the trend. Statement marble = Kelly.
Trend alert – the mixing of metals. Gold and silver and brass and bronze – all together with a mix of stone. Gold accessories are huge now. And so young. Gold is back. Yikes!!!
Gold tables are trendy. Love this room with the mix of taupe and pink.
Bar carts – are hot.
Especially gold carts mixed with black and white graphic floors and art work.
Mixing gold with black and white.
And a very trendy room – a mix of contemporary and antiques. Black and white graphic rug with oversized black and white painting. Good for all ages – young and not so young!
Another room challenge is my favorite – in Farrow and Ball pink paint – stunning. Christine Dovey designed this room and you have to see the before:
BEFORE: yes. this is before!
The marble floor – graphic black and white. Gorgeous moldings, gold accents, antique sconces. The paint job is gorgeous.
The room was designed around the client’s vintage piano. Love the lamp and painting. Love this room!!
Christine is another huge talent and her designs are inspiring a host of young designers in Canada and in the U.S. Her popular kitchen is shown further down.
Is all white still trendy? Looking at Pam Pierce’s living room – yes! The mix of contemporary lamps and chairs and organic touches – tables and sconces. The iconic chairs. Yes and Yes.
Another all white – yes. Love this. The simple mix of the patterned fabric adds just a pop.
Add the Mouille and an antique bed with the French mattress all in white – yes. By Christine, again.
Oscar de la Renta and his first wife – decades ago. It looks like from today, doesn’t it? Trendy? This is so trendy for today, its hard to believe it’s almost 50 years old.
Wallpaper is a huge trend right now. And the handpainted choice is for those lucky enough to afford it.
Another take off on an iconic interior. Love this room. Both by Mark Sikes.
Miles Redd may have started the resurgence in wallpaper. He uses it all the time and he is someone that everyone watches. This delicate print mixed with chintz – in candy colors and tufted velvet was pinned over and over and seems to have inspired many.
The delicate, airy handpainted paper is being seen everywhere.
The younger set went for more contemporary designs. Tufted headboard and patterned carpet.
Katie Stassi Scott used Cole and Sons Magnolia here. The chandelier is to die for.
And here is Bailey McCarthy, another huge talent, blogger of Peppermint Bliss and owner of Biscuit. Her fans have followed her from Chicago to Austin to Houston to wherever she wants to go. Bailey uses classic fabrics in a new way – and her designs are wildly popular. An entry.
Bailey uses airy, floral wallpapers and fabrics. Her bedding at her store is wonderful.
Look at her dining room. I love the pink walls and the tufted velvet.
Christine Dovey and Bailey both used this same paper.
Here, another one week challenge room, seems inspired by Bailey. Love this!!!
Ruthie Sommers designed a house that used pink throughout and wonderful Cowtan and Tout’s Amelie.
The living room in Ruthie’s designed house is in browns and pinks and greens.
Here, lilacs and chintzes. This ultra feminine look seems fresh and young and is nice alternative to the dark rooms and statement marbles.
Rosa Beltran used pinks and pastels and the Anthropologie mural wallpaper that keeps popping up around the web.
Here the Visual Vamp Valorie Hart remodeled her bedroom using the same paper. I love what she did to her bedroom!
And across the bedroom – more of the fabulous wallpaper.
Changes in kitchens are in the metals – brass has made a HUGE comeback. It’s probably the trendiest trend around. Brass. Go figure. Suddenly nickel seems out of style. Sob. I should have just left my brass where it was. This trend from brass to nickel to brass came around so fast, and it’s such an expensive thing to change out hardware, it’s a real lesson. I’m just not sure what the lesson is though. In this kitchen – the designer used a mix of metals.
And stone sinks, usually in powder bathrooms, are another trend.
Christine, again, designed her kitchen with shiny brass. I think she started the trend. Everyone lusted after her kitchen.
Christine’s breakfast room.
Randall Powers kitchen. Dark, trendy green paint on the cabinets.
Green and gold and brass.
And here in Bailey’s own home – gorgeous brass and green cabinets. Another trend? The La Cornue which is now available at Williams Sonoma. See her pink dining room to the right.
Bailey also designed this fabulous kitchen with shiny brass.
Another trendy kitchen with the black and brass accents.
In bathrooms, stand alone tubs are seen more and more. At Velvet and Linen’s new house, they used unfinished brass hardware which will patina. So beautiful!
This bathroom in London is to die for. Trendy brass and white marble.
And the stand alone tub.
Here the Visual Vamp in her new bathroom with its tiny sink and brass fixtures.
This bathroom has all the trends, the beautiful tile, the brass, stand alone tub, and stone sink.
And for fun, teepees are the biggest trend ever.
Everyone has a teepee these days. From the Kardashians to my own great-niece who had a teepee First Birthday party theme.
OK – one more Bailey photo! Her nursery with its own teepee.
Not sure where the teepee trend started and not sure where a lot of trends started. But you can see how designers inspire other designers and a trend grows. Pinterest and Instagram is spreading designs so quickly which creates these trends. Today an unpublished designer can pin and IG her work and be followed and inspire others, whereas before only published designers were capable of that.
That’s why I showed so much of Bailey McCarthy. I see her inspiring so many others through her blog.
Trends are tricky though. It’s hard sometimes to not start over when your own beloved trend is now completely out of date. This is a new problem to our throwaway generation.
If you can figure out what to do with a houseful of out of style accessories, give me a call!!!