Even after a pretty mild winter, there is no doubt that all of us are ready for spring to finally arrive. It’s the time of year for fresh starts; closet clean outs, new healthy recipes, fresh wardrobe updates and fun additions to home décor. We’ll be covering all of the above throughout spring, but to kick it off, we have the top design trends you’ll want to use to spruce up your home for the new season.
Donna Hall of Donna Mondi Interior Design, a high-end luxury design firm in Chicago, shared her design trends with us and also included ways to decorate with decadent colors and materials. If these color-rich and high luxury examples are any indication of what we can all add into our own homes, then there certainly is a lot to look forward to this spring.
DECADENCE IS EVERYWHERE:
For the past decade, the trend was to simplify and streamline. Furniture lines became straighter, color palettes went from warm to cool, and metals were all about silver. It’s not a coincidence that this happened during recessionary times where people were more reserved, cautious, and sensible. As the financial outlook became brighter, so did fashion and interior trends.
Let’s talk brass…gold tones are going strong and show no signs of weakening. Gold light fixtures, brass faucets, brushed gold cabinet hardware, and gilded details in furniture are the hot products at home furnishing markets across the world.
There is nothing more dramatic that high-gloss lacquer finishes. I would dip my entire house in lacquer if I could! You’ve seen the lacquered finishes on cocktail tables and decorative boxes but this is so much more than that. Entire rooms with lacquered walls or built-in cabinetry in both bold colors and black and white tones are so dramatic!
Never has antique furniture been so chic than now. But of course…with a twist. The combination of vintage furniture lines with luxe finishes and lively fabrics makes for an exciting dichotomy that is so appealing! Recently we took a client’s Rococo style bombe chests and had them refinished in a high gloss black finish that makes them look new and interesting. Another example you’ll see are carved French style chairs painted a bold color and upholstered in an embossed leather, bright mohair, or patent vinyl to make a big statement in a small way.
BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE:
Bringing black into the kitchen and/or dining room is a great way to add depth and drama. White kitchens have dominated the design scene and its time for them to step down and make room for some intensity.
Black cabinetry is timeless and can be used in so many combinations to create different moods. Looking for high contrast and still want a bright kitchen? Pair black cabinets with white quartz countertops and bright stainless steel backsplash. The light tops keep the room light and crisp.
More of a nostalgic soul? There’s nothing hotter right now than black marble with white veining. Natural wood toned cabinets, brass faucets and cabinet hardware, topped with mid-century modern pendants and you’ve got yourself a vintage inspired kitchen.
BARE IT ALL:
For wood flooring, walnut or white oak with either a natural finish or a light stain with just a touch of gray is the new trend. Make it a herringbone pattern and you get extra style points! If refinishing your wood floors is too daunting, you’re in luck. This same look can be added with a new console or cocktail table in the same type of finish.
Remodeling your kitchen? Try flat paneled cabinetry in a wood species like knotty alder or walnut with a natural finish. The wood adds such warmth while the door style keeps it contemporary.
A word or two about trends: Clients often ask me for designs that are “timeless.” There are elements in every space we design that will transition from trend to trend but the overall look we try to create likely has a 10-year shelf life. […] But, embrace the changes, add current trends into your home, and always be ready to tweak them as beautiful new things tempt and tease you. Life isn’t static. Your interiors shouldn’t be either.