After being in hiding with the coronavirus pandemic and home schooling I think it’s time for a post on where we are in the design world present day. We’ve all had an adjustment and hopefully everyone has slowed down to enjoy life a little more these days considering we were running 24/7 with schedules and life.
How has that affected Interior Design? We’ve all had an increased connection to our current living space. There is a lot of growth and celebration towards individuality and a more unique style. Comfort is now the center of Interior Design. We have been living in a muted world when it comes to Interior Design and you are seeing a more colorful approach and people being brave with bolder colors.
- Inspirational Palettes
Benjamin Moore revealed its Color of the Year 2021 as Aegean Teal 2136-40, a rich yet soothing hue, that offers versatility and casual elegance. Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore’s director of color marketing & development, describes the color and the full Color Trends 2021 palette as having “a welcoming, lived-in quality that celebrates the connections and real moments that take place within the home.” Leaning into the notion of the home as a haven, Aegean Teal is designed to radiate wellbeing and encourage people to settle in.
Overall, the Color Trends 2021 palette celebrates life’s simple pleasures—the faded rumple of linen sheets is reflected in Foggy Morning 2106-70, a soft blush, and the warm shade of Rosy Peach 2089-20 brings to mind perfectly ripe fruits perched on a sundrenched windowsill. “Amid uncertainty, people yearn for stability,” explains Magno. “The colors we surround ourselves with can have a powerful impact on our emotions and wellbeing.” The palette’s harmonious hues work together, and stand on their own, creating a sense of comfort through color.
Organic Shapes & Textures/Refined Curves
We’re seeing more layering of organic shapes, textures, and materials in all forms from bath mats, to candles and furniture. Upholstered pieces like sofa and accent chairs are being reimagined in asymmetrical, designs that feel inspired from the ’70s. This gives some play room when it comes to perspective and scale. How can you not have fun!
I am very much a huge fan of Leanne Ford. Her design styles is comfort, cozy and relaxed and can I say so damn stylish!! Her new collection with Crate and Barrel is simply beautiful and minimalistic and plays with all shapes and sizes. Everything she does is unique. She cuts down on clutter by keeping a consistent color story and the photo below shows that done perfectly.
A move away from whites & greys…Natural furniture materials & colors. Wicker & rattan furniture are big…
From home today everyone expects calm and relaxation, multiplied by comfort. Therefore, many people liked the neutral palette of natural shades. Colour can play a significant role in this – and with the calming, restorative and natural tones you can create spaces where occupants can reflect, recharge and recalibrate. Surround yourself with warm earthy tones, subtle greens, soft pinks and natural blue tones.
Final thoughts – If you are online searching for inspiration I’m going to encourage one thing. Go out and buy a magazine – yes an actual paper copy! Put your tablet down, stop scrolling, grab a glass of wine and read a magazine! Actually taking the time to sit down and flip through one is so relaxing! Social media etc is flooded with SO much! Present-day on my desk is the new issue of Domino, Architectural Digest, and Canadian House & Home. Next week’s advice – call a friend – not text! Ha! I’m ready for a landline – anyone else?