Each year we seek to better ourselves, making New Year’s resolutions and other commitments, yet many of these promises often fade by spring. While resolutions come and go, make improvements in the one place that lasts – the home.
The nation’s leading name in custom window fashions, Hunter Douglas, asked five of America’s hottest, up-and-coming interior designers from across the country, what design trends are sure to be big this year.
Here are five trends that can be easily integrated into a space:
“Virtually all of my clients are asking for hand-crafted, organic and artisanal pieces or items that look handmade,” says Brad Ford of Brad Ford ID in New York.
For the upcoming year, add a natural touch to a space by incorporating materials such as wire-brushed wood items that add an element of texture along with others that have a rough-hewn or finish-less design. Try an end or coffee table of salvaged wood, a distressed leather reading chair or a dining table made of reclaimed floorboard. These rugged elements help make a room feel comfortable and warm.
Above: A Manhattan apartment designed by Brad Ford ID with a textured wooden chair and table
A Lighter Space
As people are opting to live in scaled down, more energy-efficient homes, clean, well-lit spaces, designed without a lot of fuss are on the rise.
“My interiors soothe you when you walk into a space, I don’t like overwhelming, crowded rooms but ones that feel open and inviting,” says Courtney Fohrman of Fohrman Interiors in Chicago.
To accomplish the look, swap out large bookshelves for wall-mounted shelves, opt for tailored furniture over clunky items and welcome natural light in. To illuminate the space, consider using Silhouette® window shadings with the Signature S-Vane™ from Hunter Douglas. This innovative window treatment combines sheer fabric facings with soft fabric vanes suspended between them. The sheers diffuse incoming light – taking the edge off of harsh shadows – and provide a soft-focus view of the exterior while casting a warm glow of light across the room. The vanes tilt for precise light control and complete privacy when closed, and offer superior UV protection even when in the open position.
Above: To create a fashionable, lighter space, try Hunter Douglas Silhouette® window shadings
Color authority Pantone recently named Tangerine Tango, a red-hot orange, the color of 2012. Another color that is showing up everywhere is any shade of purple. To be hip to the bold hues, introduce them to your décor with interchangeable accessories.
“There is a trend going toward bright colors,” according to Ron Marvin of Ron Marvin Design in New York. “While neutrals will always be popular, there is now an emerging use of color as less people are scared of it today.”
Incorporate on-trend orange or purple in a vase, stool, art or pillow cover. Marvin continues, “Update a monochromatic look with little pops here and there, consistently placing them around the space. Think of a room as a woman getting dressed, she always puts on her red lipstick for a finished look.”
Above: Pops of “Tangerine Tango” in a living room designed by Ron Marvin Design
Interesting Investment Pieces
“We’re seeing story-driven design on the rise,” says Delta Wright of Curated in Los Angeles and New York. “Our clients want items in their interiors that reflect what’s important to them and what story they want their space to communicate. Due to the economy, people are investing more and more in fewer things and letting those speak for the space.”
Place a few accessories in your home that make a big statement. Add captivating yet still classic art and antiques that can last for generations. Whether searching on 1stdibs.com, the online marketplace for antique, mid-century modern furniture and more, or going through your local antiques dealer, add an element of pedigree to your décor. Before purchasing, research your specific area of interest and consult with other collectors or dealers in that specialty. Additionally, look for top-quality items that appreciate in value regardless of market conditions.
To guarantee that your big purchase will be a lasting one, use window treatments that offer UV protection without compromising light or your view. These include Silhouette® window shadings and Hunter Douglas Pirouette® window shadings. Pirouette shadings resemble the classic look of a hobbled Roman shade but with 21st-century light control options. Adjustable fabric vanes are attached to a single sheer backing that offers UV protection without blocking the light or view.
Top: Add striking art and antiques, such as in the space shown here designed by Curated of Los Angeles and Chicago; Bottom: For UV protection without losing natural light or your view, opt for Pirouette® window shadings or similar Hunter Douglas designs
“Everyone is trying to be more eco-responsible and live more sustainably,” says Marvin. “While recently working on a nursery, the homeowners were concerned about what fabrics were being used, wanting to avoid any that emit potentially harmful gases. Thankfully, there are now many eco-friendly lines to choose from.”
Upgrade your home in the one place where you spend most of your time, the bedroom. Consider eco-friendly, 100 percent bamboo bedding available from many manufacturers that is both ‘green’ and naturally anti-microbial, making it resistant to dust mites and other irritants. In addition, look for non-toxic, zero-volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints that don’t emit toxins. At the window, try Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas that are not only energy-efficient, but also come in fabrics that contain recycled materials. Like the majority of Hunter Douglas window fashions, these shades have passed rigorous standards and are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Certified® to assure that they are an environmentally friendly addition to the home and are also certified by GREENGUARD for Children & Schools.
Above: Eco-friendly elements are a rising and lasting trend. Try Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades that are energy-efficient and available in fabrics that contain recycled materials.
Incorporate these trends from five rising interior designers for an eye-catching space that is on-trend this year and designed to last into the future.
Thanks to Hunter Douglas for providing these awesome design tips. Hunter Douglas, Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.