Eight Interior Design Trends Experts Predict
Will Live on For Years
By Sarah Lyon
NOT ALL DESIGN TRENDS ARE FLEETING
There are many key styles that experts predict will stand the test of time. If you love a nature-inspired look, mid-century modern furniture, or a touch of wall molding, you’re most definitely in luck—these are among eight of the design trends that professionals say are here to stay.
Biophilic Design Trends
Bring on the nature-inspired accents, says Samantha Tannehill of Sam Tannehill Designs. The designer believes that “biophilic design will not get old.”
As she explains: “It’s nature and nurture, plants and raw natural materials incorporated in your interiors bring life and energy and beauty.”
Plants can shine in a number of rooms throughout the home, from the kitchen to the living room window sill to the bathroom! Chrissy Jones of Twenty-Eighth Design Studio also anticipates natural-inspired looks sticking around.
“Natural materials such as wood and stone, and soothing color palettes such as soft blues and greens and muted earth tones will continue to be a staple in design,” she says.
If you’re looking for a simple yet impactful way to add character to your home, consider installing wall molding, which Corinne Vassallo of Corinne Victoria Design says is here to stay.
“A classical architectural application that adds depth, warmth, and a sense of history to most homes that are unfortunately built without much character and detailing in today’s cookie-cutter communities,” she says. Of course, you’ll want to keep your home’s architecture in mind when selecting a molding type, Vassallo notes, but there are many styles from which to choose. “Picture molding, wainscotting, beadboard, and similar embellishments will never go out of style,” Vassallo comments.
Mixing Old and New Furniture
Perhaps you own a few antique pieces that you’ll surely never part with but are also drawn to more contemporary styles. Well, you’re in luck, as mixing vintage and modern pieces has been and will continue to be en vogue, Vassallo says.
“You can’t go wrong if you have both sides of the style spectrum in your home,” she notes. “Upholster a traditional silhouette in a modern mohair or use an abstract sculptural coffee table amongst a contrasting traditional interior. As the pendulum swings, you always fall somewhere in between.”
Maybe you’re lucky enough to already have a black and white checkered kitchen in your home—or perhaps it’s on your list of features to add during a reno. “Black and white checkered have always been a classic floor pattern, but today we are seeing it with a modern twist,” Vassallo explains. You can even lay down a printed area rug to replicate this look. “Checkers are going nowhere,” the designer adds. “It’s a classic pattern that will always be around.”
Today’s consumers are thinking long-term when making their furniture purchases.
“What’s becoming more prevalent is the desire to invest in quality pieces like sofas, tables, and storage pieces that are functional, durable, and beautiful,” says Audrey Scheck of Audrey Scheck Design. “Quality pieces that will stand the test of time are being prioritized over disposable decor.”
Mid-Century Modern Style
Love all things MCM? Well, you’re in luck, because it is always going to be a mainstay, according to Suzan Wemlinger of Suzan J Designs.
“While maximalism is making waves right now, I think there will always be a desire for calm interiors, as they provide a respite from a hectic world,” she says. “The simple geometrical lines of the furnishings, along with the occasional soft curve on some of the pieces, offers that calming vibe—the style lacks the ornateness, or busy-ness, of more traditional furnishings.”
Curves and Arches
Curves and arches may seem like a relatively new concept, but they’ve actually been a part of architectural design for thousands of years, says Georgia Zikas of Georgia Zikas Design.
“While we’ve seen more of these elements in the past several years, we know they’ll stand the test of time due to their historical relevance,” she explains. “Curves and arches are shapes that humans can relate to, and that can make a space feel safe, welcoming, and soft—it’s like getting a hug!”