Whether you’re building a home or you just want to make a few updates to your existing interiors, there are plenty of new trends to consider this year. To help narrow it down some, Emily Hewett, senior interior designer and principal of A Well Dressed Home, dishes on her personal top five to keep you stylish and in-the-know.
Trend No. 1: Layers on layers
While it’s a departure from the clean, monochromatic neutral palette that has been popular for the last year, Hewett is loving the look of layered fabrics and textures. Whether it’s mixing a stripe with an animal print or matching a drapery fabric to a wallpaper, more is more. “I’m also seeing lots of fringe and tapes on the bottom of a sofa, on the bottom of chairs, or the leading edge of drapes,” she says. The look can also be considered a “granny chic” aesthetic — a style that you may have even seen in your grandparents’ homes. Think velvets mixed with fringe and herringbone patterns. “It’s coming back full circle,” Hewett says.
Trend No. 2: Bold use of color
If you’ve been considering introducing some saturated tones to your space, now is the time. “Try painting an entire room one color — the walls, the built-ins, the ceiling.” she says. “It’s a great way to inject color into a space.” She suggests starting with an office or powder bath. Paint can make a big impact in a smaller space and set the tone. The most popular hues for an all-over look? Blue. “I think a lot of people kind of lean towards blues because it can read like a neutral,” she says.
Trend No. 3: Warm woods
If your kitchen is ready for a facelift, consider adding a warm wood element to the trim, island or cabinets. “White oak gives a nice contrast to the all-white kitchens we’ve been seeing for a long time,” Hewett explains. But if you still love your pearly whites, no fear. “A white kitchen will always be in style,” she says. “It’s a classic design, but a hint of wood can help warm it up.”
Trend No. 4: Statement headboards
“Custom headboards can be made with different patterns and contrasting piping, but what we really love are the bold shapes and designs that can create a huge statement in a room,” Hewett says. Play with different tones and fabrics, or just go neutral and choose a curvy shape to create a focal point in the room. They’re fun for kids’ rooms, too.
Trend No. 5: Contrasting trim
Not quite ready for the commitment of covering an entire room in a bold color? (Refer to trend two.) Try a contrasting trim instead. “It’s a great way to add pops of color to a white wall or ceiling,” Hewett says. “It’s also a great way to break up wallpaper patterns while adding interest with color.”