The year has started off with a kick and with it the design industry is buzzing with new trends and expected changes of what is to become the norm. Before you toss what may be considered "out" just think, it may come back in another five years. Welcome to the world of design, whether its fashion or interiors its a finicky industry that loves to drive markets wild and with it a design aficionados.
It is possible to create a tailored personal style that is actually timeless and transcends trends, it may simply take some editing and honing of your style. It is natural for personal styles to evolve, but to avoid momentary trends, best to invest in pieces that will never go out of style.
With global markets becoming more aware of limited resources, trends need to heed to these realities. This awareness will be echoed throughout all industries and in what we will find highlighted for 2017.
There will be a move towards pieces that are made by craftsman and not by machines. The need for a more tactical reality is a common thread that will be found this year. Think real wood versus particleboard. Instead of a quick trip to Ikea, venture to antique, vintage, thriftand of course flea markets. Your pieces will be better crafted, will hold up better over time and best of all will not fall apart within a couple of years.
Clients are seeking furniture that are built-to-last, pieces that can become heirlooms and eventually passed on. Designers are seeing a trend, among parents, purchasing furniture that can seamlessly transition through the life of their child. Beautiful, well built furniture has that ability. The era of disposable furniture is passé.
With the rise in craftsmanship, we are seeing more men and women specializing on a trade and re-surging skill sets. Whether it is furniture, lighting, fiber or woodwork, it is an ode to an era that is experiencing a renaissance. These makers are reminding design-centric clients that it is worth investing in something once.
Don’t have the budget to splurge on a sustainably made sofa? Fret not, with the rise in a re-selling economy, its much simpler to get what you are looking for a fraction of the cost. Use local resources available, you may surprise yourself! This may not be so easy for everyone and that is where the experts come in. You can hire most designers for a consultation, hourly (with a minimum) or for a complete home redesign.
We are not entering a minimalist space-age, we are entering a time in design history where well edited interiors are becoming more appealing than the overly decorated ones. Perhaps you have been collecting art, fabrics or sculptures that you like to display, this is an opportunity to highlight certain pieces and rotate them. Think of your home like a gallery. It allows you the opportunity to truly appreciate each piece for its beauty. After a season or two, switch things around. You never get tired of your décor, instead it offers you the opportunity to get creative with how you mount and display your wares.
We are seeing more unique, one-of-kind decorations seen placed on mantels and coffee tables. This trend is moving in the direction of more personalized design and less staging. Mix materials and eras, don't feel the need to stick to one style.
Consider the object that you want to display and create a vignette. Artfully arrange objects of interest to you. The more of yourself that you can express, the more your house will begin to feel like a home. If you are interested in creating a montage on a wall, lay out the pieces you are interested, in hanging, and arrange them on the floor. Have a sense of balance and scale and edit, edit edit. As mentioned before, best to rotate art than over-crowd.
Resist the temptation to use books or magazines, as a form of décor. If they are neatly placed on a bookshelf, that is ideal, but toss the need to place them on any empty surface. The design industry has been seeing this trend for over two decades and frankly it is not only outdated but also lacks creativity. I am bibliophile and a magazine junky and believe that books belong in a bibliotheque. If books are in use, naturally it makes sense for them to be out. But stacks upon stacks of books and magazines for the sake of décor, is out.
Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the use of metals. We are seeing them in lighting, furniture, and accessories as well as highlighted inlaid in wood and stone.
Metals are being used unconventionally and there is an increase in using upcycled metals as a form or art and décor.
This year, we are seeing brass and gold taking center stage with a dance between using high and low metals. We are seeing steel with brass, copper with aluminum, gold with scrap metal creating stunning juxtapositions.
Scouring your local scrap yard or re-use store may become your new favorite haunt. You will be surprised what gets discarded and if you use a different lens, you will be able to see things through a new perspective. Unexpected décor that is tastefully chosen and arranged usually beings delight and excellent conversation pieces!
Disposable decor went out with last year’s garbage, no pun intended! There is no place for items in the home that are poorly made and are just plain tacky. You can easily decipher these items, simply by their craftsmanship. I am also not referring to needing to purchase expensive items … the cost of something does not entail their actual worth. As mentioned previously, you can purchase treasures that are beautifully made for a fraction of the cost at estate sales, vintage stores and the like. Your creativity and ingenuity comes into play here, because everything is game! For years I had a rusted, bent horseshoe with nails coming out of it that I found somewhere, while hiking. I loved it and kept it on my coffee table for many years ... therefore, if you love it, that is all that matters!
Bypass items made of plastic and any other material that will not withstand the test of time. Opt for pieces that may have had a different initial intention. I often find beautiful pieces at a salvage yard that were made for a totally different purpose … and yet, I find beauty in that piece and choose to use it as décor.
This year we will be seeing a lot of patina, mixed genres and an overlay of texture, floral and curves. Think art nouveau. This ode to a by-gone era is a resurgence we are seeing in the sustainability movement. There is a move to go beyond consumerism and fades to something more substantial and timeless. Yes, you are able to create a modern home that stands the test of time - just think MidCentury Modern!