Interior Design Trends

Interior Design Trends

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Interior Design trending still include inspirations from nature, neutral tones, and muted earthy tones. New trends include the addition of pops of bright colors and wellness spaces with an indoor garden aesthetic. On the rise in popularity are multi-functional spaces, minimalist functional kitchens, smart home elements, and dedicated workspaces in the home. Making a comeback are rattans, bamboo, and wicker furnishings.

Smart Home Interior Design Trend
Smart Home Trend – State of the Art Smart Kitchen

Smart Home Interior Design Trends

The technology surrounding smart homes is growing at a fast pace, so much so that we cannot fully cover it here. New products are introduced weekly and sometimes daily. However, even if you are not building a new smart home from the ground up there are some very basic things you can add to your pre-existing home. Smart light switches, wireless video doorbells, a home security system with smart locks, thermostats, and even a wireless smoke alarm are totally doable.

Most of us already have a few smart technology helpers such as robotic vacuums. If you want to integrate several devices throughout your home you will need to decide what type of hub your smart home will utilize. A true state-of-the-art smart home will allow you to control everything with a finger touch or voice command. You may already be familiar with voice assistants such as Siri, Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One.

Some tried and true as well as up-and-coming smart house hubs are:

Smart Hubs unify your smart devices. There are upwards of 3,000 smart home devices. As mentioned before the subject of smart home technology, information and categories are vast and growing larger by the day. Start with the basics and add a few devices at a time. When you feel the need to have a central hub do your homework and educate yourself as to what is out there and what best fits your needs.

Many smart homes are being built from the ground up and this trend is also quickly gaining momentum. One day smart home technology will be considered essential. The emergence of newer technology will lead to core smart systems being built into homes that may have the capacity to gather intelligence to discover problems and optimize resources.

Benjamin Moore Color

Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year

“Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color, and coatings brand, has just revealed its Color of the Year 2021 as Aegean Teal 2136-40 – an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset. Rooted in the elegant, handspun textures of the home, the Color Trends 2021 palette comforts as it uplifts. Shown to the right it is used as a focus wall.”

Press Release: Montvale, NJ – October 14, 2020

As shown above, used as a focus wall, Aegean Teal, imparts a welcoming, friendly, transforming feel to an otherwise bland space. It complements and brings added depth to the warm rattan and wood finishes in the room. Aegean Teal is both modern and timeless. The visual impact of adding this focal wall in Aegean Teal is surprising and refreshing, giving the space new life.

Interior Design Trend Mood Board
Timeless Aegean Teal Mood Board

As represented in the above Aegean Teal Mood Board, no matter what your personal style this color of the year is versatile and brings freshness to today’s home design.

Pantone Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

Pantone Color of the Year

“Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions for the design community, today announced PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, as the Pantone® Color of the Year selection for 2021, two independent colors that come together to create an aspirational color pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day.”

Press Release: CARLSTADT, N.J – December 9, 2020

As shown above, the cabinets in Pantone color of the year Illuminating 13-0647 are the focal point of this minimalist kitchen. Bringing it all together is deep Pantone Ultimate Gray 17-5104 adding depth and finish to this interior space. Minimalist decor is still in style however the all-white trend is coming to an end.

Interior Design Trend Mood Board
Pantone Colors Mood Board

As we can see in the above mood board the color Illuminating is just that and can enhance your existing grey furnishings or wall colors. Dedicated home offices are quickly gaining popularity and Illuminating is an energy color working quite well with standard gray workspaces and furnishings. Including this color in unexpected whimsical ways brings a playful element to your design. Muted colors paired with the ultimate gray give an edge grounding your space while the color illuminating brings it to the next level.

Wellness Designs and Interior Garden Spaces

With the general current trends leaning toward Wellness designs in 2023, interior garden spaces are becoming more popular than ever. Nothing breathes life into your interior like healthy foliage can. Even if you do not have a green thumb there are many easy-to-grow varieties of indoor house plants.

Wellness Garden Aesthetic
Bring on the Green for an Indoor Wellness Garden Aesthetic

As in the Wellness Indoor Garden Mood Board above, bringing in just a few plants in your various rooms, coupled with other garden green elements gives your space a natural retreat vibe allowing it to breathe. Not only will it rejuvenate your space but will do the same for you. Green is associated with health and well-being, bringing harmony, peace, and prosperity to both your home and your psyche.

Pops of Color
Pops of Color, Interior Design Trend

Pops of Color, Interior Design Trend

Many interior design professionals state that pops of color are trending in home spaces. People have been confined to their homes due to the pandemic, therefore many are making changes to brighten their environments in their home spaces. Pops of color can bring visual interest and energy to a space that has grown tired and uninspiring.

Bright colors paired with muted backgrounds or layered pops of color used throughout your design that are outside the norm can bring surprising energy elevating your interior design to a new level. Start slow with accent furniture pieces, throw pillows, and other decor items, maybe a focal wall, or rugs as you only want enough color to spark interest and not overwhelm the senses.

Dedicated Home Office
Dedicated Home Offices

Dedicated Home Office, Interior Design Trend

In conclusion, both multi-functional spaces and dedicated home office spaces are on the rise. Trends show a defined workspace with lots of light and greenery is great for increasing productivity. Multi-functional spaces that can provide additional storage while serving as guest quarters, an underutilized room that can serve as closet space, and a dressing room. In addition, an outdoor space that can serve as an outdoor kitchen as well as, an entertaining area, is all on-trend this year. What will your next project be?

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What determines interior design trends?

Interior design trends are based on emerging consumer needs with regard to current economics, current events, perceived future events, influencers, and what people want their spaces to express, as forecast by experts in the design field.  

Kay Keeton, Ed.

Editor in Chief, Kay Keeton - Texas Lifestyle Expert. Kay is a designer turned author, marketer, storyteller, and influencer. A sixth-generation Texan, Kay is both an authority as well as being passionate about sharing her home state of Texas's diverse culture and lifestyle. Kay is a content writer and editor of content for various local and national online publications.

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