Hello! I really went back and forth on this one. Call me design-deep, but I don’t know if I believe in naming a style. It feels like the phrase “a pop of color”, like we need to subscribe to something then stick to a formula. This is exactly what I tell you not to do, and I won’t do. It isn’t fun, it isn’t representative of the people that live in the home, and it isn’t personal. All that being said, I obviously decided to move forward with this post because naming styles you like is helpful as we communicate about your space.
Today I’m going to talk about some trendy styles we are all hearing about. I am diving into this, rather than ignoring them based on the philosophical approach (this is as deep as I get) I noted above. Let’s be honest though, they are out there, we are all seeing them, so how about we talk about the lingo and some keys to each of these styles. There is nothing wrong with inspiration, just promise you won’t think you need to pick one and be it in every spot in your home!
1. Grandmillennial Glamour
I kind of love this one, I find of the trends this one is the closest to what I have just historically called “eclectic” in my own home. It’s a mix of traditional vintage and updated. Where I don’t follow this one, it’s generally a bit more feminine than my choices. So, I have some things that would be called industrial and dark academia too.
Floral Patterns and Chintz: Embrace the beauty of vintage floral patterns and chintz fabrics.
Antiques and Collectibles: Incorporate classic furniture pieces and unique collectibles.
Frills and Trimmings: Think ruffles, tassels, and fringe for that touch of elegance.
Mix with Modern: Pair grandmillennial elements with modern pieces for a fresh twist.
Statement Upholstery: Update your existing furniture with grandmillennial-inspired upholstery.
Gallery Wall of Family Heirlooms: Create a gallery wall featuring family photos and cherished heirlooms.
2. Dark Academia
This is the antithesis of the light bright neutrals we have been seeing dominate interior style the past 10 years. Dark Academia says it’s cool to be edgy, literary and have some candles lit.
Rich, Dark Colors: Opt for deep hues like burgundy, forest green, and navy blue.
Antique Furniture: Choose furniture with a vintage and scholarly vibe.
Bookshelves Galore: Create a library feel with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
Painted it Dark: Choose a dark color for a room or alcove.
Vintage Bookends: Add a touch of academia with vintage bookends on your shelves.
Velvet and Leather: Incorporate velvet and leather textures for that extra touch.
2. Minimalist Zen
Minimalist zen keeps us in those neutrals, but with a twist. That twist is keeping it minimalist. Less is more on this one, it leans more modern with a natural layer.
Neutral Palette: Stick to a soothing palette of whites, grays, and natural tones.
Clean Lines: Choose furniture with simple, clean lines and minimal ornamentation.
Natural Materials: Integrate elements like wood, stone, and plants for a serene vibe.
Declutter: Simplify your space by decluttering and keeping only essential items.
Indoor Plants: Bring in a variety of indoor plants for a touch of nature.
Neutral Textiles: Opt for neutral-colored textiles like cushions and throws.
3. Eclectic Bohemian Bliss
Time for a confession. Brace yourself. As designers many of us pride ourselves on designing and styling for all kinds of style preferences. Realistically, we are strong in our style, which means our clients style is our version of that style. My work always has a bit of my stamp on it. That is why it’s so important to really choose a designer wisely.
Boho is a style I don’t feel comfortable creating. I can absolutely do it, but I want to feel the soul of a room as I build it and man, I can’t get the soul on this one. So, when I talk to someone, and they are talking about Pampas grass and yarn wall hangings- I point them to another designer. We both want you to love your space and love the process. I can’t love Pampas grass. 😊
Mix of Patterns: Embrace a variety of patterns and textures in vibrant colors.
Global Influence: Integrate elements from different cultures and regions.
Layered Textiles: Pile on the rugs, cushions, and throws for a cozy, boho vibe.
Mismatched Furniture: Combine furniture pieces with different styles and histories.
DIY Art Wall: Create an art wall with a mix of DIY and collected pieces.
Colorful Throws and Cushions: Add pops of color with vibrant throws and cushions.
5. Industrial Chic
Industrial was HUGE a few years ago. It is still totally in and viable, I would say more as a mix, it is one to not go overboard with (probably like all of these, for that matter). I love it for its authenticity, warmth and visual interest.
Exposed Materials: Embrace exposed brick, concrete, and metal elements.
Utilitarian Furniture: Opt for furniture with a functional and straightforward design.
Neutral Color Palette: Stick to neutral colors with occasional industrial accents.
Metallic Accents: Incorporate metallic elements like pendant lights or wall art.
Open Shelving: Install open shelving for a utilitarian and practical look.
Industrial Art Pieces: Add industrial-themed artwork for a focal point.
There you have it, a quick tour of some of the design styles you are seeing online. I will again say mix and match elements from different style
s to create your own unique fusion and this is where the personal narrative happens.