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What I'm Loving About Interior Trends Right Now

Since the pandemic hit there is something I have noticed about interior design "trends" that I am loving... 

There aren't any. 

Or, maybe, I should say there are so many that we can't call them "trends". 

Since people have been home, learning from their homes, experiencing them, updating them, etc, we seem to be embracing a "whatever works for you" type of interior design trend. 

Pre-pandemic, it was all white open spaces with California-casual furnishings that could be either more modern or more modern-farmhouse. But that was pretty much the end of Instagram and Pinterest trends. 

I am so happy to say that the last two years have allowed the industry and individuals to tap a bit more into their personal styles. 

I now see so many interesting things out there... 

Art Deco Comeback 

Ok, so the 80s/Art Deco thing was coming about before the pandemic, but those curved arms and arched furniture lines are still thriving and we've started seeing a lot of it getting combined with great, earthy palates and more organic textiles. 

Grand Millennial 

(I don't think you could come up with a better example than Heidi Caillier

Also an early start that got to thriving in the pandemic. The antithesis of the great, white, open space is the cozy, antique-studded, multi-patterned fabric drenched look. Its called "Grand Millennial" because it was a Millennial-driven trend to go back to those early 90s, grandma-looking covers of Better Homes and Gardens magazines (or is that just me?). It also can get very English snug (see Rita Konig for the best!) 

Modern Bohemian 

Ever-popular in Australia, I still see a lot of this getting infused in the states as well, though we see some earthier, less bright versions. Earthy, messy, inexpensive, infused with botanicals. It invokes warmth and creativity without feeling stuffy or luxurious. 

The New Traditional 

Similar to the Grand Millennial trend, here we see just more modern takes on traditional decor. But its still very traditional. The difference is we are seeing the clean lines and lack of stuffiness applied to traditional color palettes and furniture pieces. 

Super-earthy modern 

The class of designers who brought super-white shiplap are bringing in the earthy, casual browns now to round out their super-bright interiors. Its not as traditional looking as Grand Millennial or Traditional-leaning styles, but that same want of getting to a cozier interior is coming around. We see a lot of earthenware, rough wood, linen, etc, infused into this look. 

(To be fair, Amber Interiors has been doing this style for years!) 

Sticking to mid-century 

Since it regained popularity in the early 2000s, mid-century pieces haven't gone away. They've become the new neutral- the clean lines to rest of the entire palette on. But pre-pandemic they were having a moment of their own again, and more modern, mid-century interiors were popping up again (often in kitchens and baths) and we are still seeing it a lot! (And I still love it!) 

All of the above! 

One of the things I love about these styles that we are seeing is that they all work together and having an eclectic house is interesting and tells a story. So having a boucle, art-deco arm chair with oriental rug and mid-century lamp with a curved arm sofa and earthen-ware vase all works seamlessly (or can). 

But it also promotes this wonderful "if you love it, add it" thought process to design. 

Some of my favorites homes I've strolled into weren't made by designers but were a well-collected home, usually by some very cool couple in their 60s who had taken a great, older home, added some mid-century elements when they were young and then just added amazing pieces they saw value in over time. 

Point being, if you love something, make it work. But you should love whatever you add to your home. Not having all-encompassing trends means we can stick to our internal design compass and pick and chose what makes our homes OURS!


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