The latest in design trends


Goodbye white! Bold colors are in!

People are spending more time than ever in their homes. The emergence and popularity of remote work is keeping some at home for even their working hours. When schools close temporarily, the home becomes the classroom for children. More and more people are opting to order in rather than eat out, turning their own dining rooms into personal restaurants.

That’s why home design is more important than ever: people are greatly influenced by an environment. The colors of the wall can influence moods, furniture can give the appearance of a more spacious room, and lights can bring warmth and welcome. Often, one can’t appreciate good design until they suffer living in badly designed homes. Instead of experiencing the positive influences, they only know the flip side of the coin.

Here’s a list of trends that are in and out:

Design Trends In:

Vintage pieces are being used more.
  • Sculptural architecture, sculptural lighting, sculptural furniture: all of it is on trend. This is your chance to display unique shapes all throughout your home. In fact, worldwide travel begins opening again; take this opportunity to display some of your finds from international vacations. Display Roman sculptured candle holders from Italy, a Buddhist lantern from Japan, or any number of international sculptures. You’ll be trending while also sparking conversations about your recent travels.
  • Along those same lines, Italian plaster is also in. Today, it is possible to paint your home with the same stucco-like texture that is present all over ancient Italian architecture. This look can come in all sorts of colors, so if you’d like to stick to white walls over a loud color, you’ll still be on trend.
  • Don’t throw out your antiques either because they’re in too. “The ‘new style’ is called ‘grand millennial,’” interior designer Rachel Driggs explains. “Classic interiors with unique pieces you could only find in your grandma’s house. It’s amazing!” Finally, a sustainable practice of reusing vintage furniture is popular again.
  • Dual purpose rooms are also on the rise. With many working remotely, no one will blink an eye at a work desk in the living room. Now that we’re spending more time than ever at home, it is very popular to use every amount of space available for many purposes.
  • Trendy homes are opting for shades of brown over most other colors. It’s a part of the overall trend of nature-inspired decor. Don’t be afraid of leafy wallpaper, textured rugs, or earthy tones because they’re all in. The more your home reflects a jungle escape, the trendier it can be.
  • Since sharp, 90-degree angles aren’t often found in nature, soft, round, and curved shapes are in. You can implement a rounded arch in a doorway or around a fireplace. The right kind of furniture can also achieve this look.
  • If these trends so far seem boring, no need to fear. It is also on trend to mix in bold colors and unique materials. Leather, as it often is, remains on trend. Get creative in mixing nature-inspired textures with other fabrics and materials.
  • Finally, up-and-coming artwork is increasingly more popular than its well-known counterparts. Often, new art can start new, exciting conversations when displayed for the first time in a home. Here at Connection Publishing, we hold an art and photography contest between local artists every year, and it’s a great place to find up-and-coming talent. I’ve purchased some pieces from previous winners myself, and no matter where I bring them, they remind me of home. They also open the door to conversations with my house guests about Utah culture and history.

Design Trends Out:

White everything is no longer trending!
  • When it comes to framing art and photos, ornate, weighty frames are out. It’s a money-saving trend because, as you’re purchasing art or print, you can have a bigger budget for the art itself and buy a simple frame. Maybe you’ll even find you can fit more on your walls with lighter frames.
  • To the relief of many, the trend of all white everything is no longer trending. “It has been really popular, but it seems like people are tiring of the all-white everything,” Rachel says. That adds up to less time spent cleaning a bright, white space.
  • Just like round shapes are in, sharp edges are out. Particularly, boxy sofas are no longer popular. You can replace them with structural seating, like discussed above.
  • The super minimalistic look is on its way out.
  • With it, go open floor plans. Like we’ve discussed, rooms are better when used in dual-purpose ways. You’ll still be on trend if your rooms are slightly more crowded rather than open and bare. With so many people working from home, many people have realized that they don’t want anything in their home that doesn’t serve a specific purpose. Useless chachkas will clutter your already semi-crowded dual-purpose rooms. Things that add beauty or function are still in but beware of the line between useful and useless.
  • Speaking of useless, chef’s kitchens are no longer trending. We’re often ordering in and eating together at the same time nowadays, so there’s no use for an industrial-looking kitchen over the function of a kitchen that allows for gatherings. Make sure you have room for your family and friends before pursuing a kitchen makeover.

This article might have encouraged you to donate some home decor, but remember, a lot of these pieces can also be purchased at the same donation center you visit. Maybe you could even swap some pieces with your friends and family. There’s no need to break the bank to stay on trend.

If you try any of these trends, take pictures and send them to us via our website! They just might be featured in our issue next year.

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