Recently I was going through my stash of design magazines from previous years. Sometimes you just have to clean out the old. But I always give them one last look and save the articles of interest to my “tear sheet files.” I have done this type of idea saving for years, and what makes it really interesting for someone in the design filed is to compare how things have changed. For instance, I have noticed that our current trends are for light-filled spaces. Gone are the days of heavy draperies crowding small windows and blocking the light. We used to call this “layering the windows”. I love natural light in every room. All of the window coverings I design these days maximize the natural light. In this photo (taken from Pinterest), there is something very beautiful about how the light floods the room! Note the lack of window coverings on the large picture windows.
These days, our houses fulfill the need for more “open” interior space, more so than residential interiors of 10 years past. The heavy decorated look has given way to a much more relaxed interior. That’s a good thing; it means that the residents of the home can live in a less formal, multifunctional space which fits today’s busy lifestyles. Some of today’s looks that help to lighten a room are the use of fewer patterns and lighter-color background fabrics. We’re craving relaxed textures and more unique one-of-a-kind accent pieces. Table runners that were used to protect the wood surface have been stripped away, with the beauty of the wood left to make the room’s statement.
The three rooms featured here coincidentally all have white walls and neutral pallets, but currently we have seen a color explosion happening in paint, and bold wall color has become the basis for planning a room. 1o years ago we may have been timid to use chocolate brown on the walls or bold black, but that’s what’s so great about design that is constantly changing, evolving and moving in new directions.
All photos courtesy of Pinterest and House Beautiful magazine.