Trend Forecast: Bold Interiors

Don’t be shy! Bring more life into your home and let your personality shine through.

Each year we see some new and interesting ideas emerge on how to liven interior spaces and make them one of a kind. The year 2021 has brought us a bunch of bold trends to take your space to the next level whether that be through architectural details, finish materials, custom furniture, unique installation, or use of color.

Architectural details are often easier to incorporate into a newly built home but nothing is stopping us from a little demolition. A great way to make a statement in your home is to create a focal point through either a monumental staircase or a fireplace. In this first picture, you can see the incorporation of both these trends in a way that is simplistic yet breathtaking. The key to creating a beautiful staircase is to find a unique railing that creates interest. This in combination with a harmonious mix of different materials such as the wood and metal shown here is bound to step up your staircase. As you can see it doesn’t take much effort to transform a fireplace. Bringing the fireplace wall up to the ceiling with just a simple stone or tile not only emphasizes a focal point but opens up the space and makes it feel larger.

Looking for change on a smaller scale? Something a little bit easier to tweak are finish materials. Things like hardware, paneling, wallpapers, paint, and tile. We made a bold move in this new guest bathroom shower by using two minimalistic yet contrasting tiles. The first tile above is your classic linear subway tile in a gray tone while the one below is a freeform pebble-shaped tile in white. Notice how that clean division of the two tiles draws your eye, it’s quite intriguing.

Finding the right piece of furniture to fit your space, your needs, and your personality isn’t always easy. We suggest considering a custom-built piece especially in areas where you spend a lot of time. Incorporating a custom piece of furniture into your home definitely shouts bold and unique whether it be a part of your foyer, kitchen, or office. Take a look at how a small area can be utilized by transforming it into an efficient workspace with a custom built-in desk. A black and white color contrast created with a Caesarstone quartz countertop is what took this desk to a whole new level.

Ever scrolling through social media and discover a design idea that just seems unreal, making you question if it’s even possible? Well, this next photo evokes those same feelings when we look at it. We created a client’s dream kitchen just through a unique installation of their stovetop. This quartz countertop was specifically designed and cut so that the stovetop burners could fit in like a glove making it appear completely seamless. This along with many other new installation processes are turning traditional ideas into bold moments.

Possibly the easiest way to a bold interior is through the use of color. Everyone has a color they adore and it’s totally okay to make that a statement in your space. Maybe you decide to use variations of the same hue such as red accompanied by other warm colors and placed upon a neutral background. Check out “The Many Sides of Red” blog on our page for some detailed information on the color red and how to use it in your home. But you don’t have to just single out a color and stick with it. What we recently began to see this year is the use of different bright and funky colors like yellow, turquoise, pink, green, and blue used altogether within the same areas. This in combination with interesting fabric patterns and abstract artwork creates these striking yet fascinating interior moments that we are living for.

But hold on! Bold moments aren’t always about what can be seen or felt but also the atmosphere that is created. Experimenting with scent is a less thought of way to make a statement in your space. This refreshing trend is one that never goes out of style. Try creating a signature scent for your home by using a mixture of different essential oils in a diffuser. We’ve included a scent recipe below to try out. No doubt your guests will be asking about it when they walk through the door.

 

Diffuser Blend Recipe

3 drops- Lavender

2 drops- Bergamot

2 drops- Geranium

1 drop- Majoram

1 drop- Citrus Fresh

1 drop- Frankincense

 

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The Many Sides of Red

“There is a shade of red for every woman” -Audrey Hepburn

“Everything utilitarian needs a little red edge” – Reno Dakota

The Color Red

Red is a warm, primary color. It is a bold and symbolic hue that is often associated with strong emotion. Red grabs our attention, pulls us in, and makes us aware of its presence. It calls us to action and gets us motivated. If you are looking to create a cozy and intimate space, red is the way to go. This catching color reminds us of beautiful things in nature like sweet strawberries, delicate roses, falling autumn leaves, and calming sunsets. Let’s not forget red is also a symbolic color of our great country, representing hardiness and valor. The flat
lay below incorporates a mix of red, white, and blue, inspired by our beautiful star-spangled banner.

How Red Affects Mood & Behavior

Did you know that all colors have a different psychological effect on us? The human mind processes colors in diverse ways causing us to feel and act differently. Colors affect how we react to sounds, smells, taste, and time. Some colors can even help heal sick patients and aid in their recovery.

Red is often associated with love, danger, anger, excitement, fire, strength, confidence, and luxury.  In Chinese culture, red is very popular for weddings and acts as a symbol of happiness. Bright, warm colors like red are also quite prominent in the restaurant industry, a perfect choice to stimulate the appetite of consumers. If you think of it there are tons of fast-food places that use red, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chick-fil-A, Sonic, Pizza Hut, and Dairy Queen, just to name a few. The reason behind this is simple, red is bold, catches our attention, and somehow makes something in our brain say, “Hmm I could go for some food”. Not only does this hue cause change in mood and behavior but studies show that it can physically cause our body temperature to rise and make us feel warmer.

All these emotions and meanings behind just one color! Because red is so lively and simulating it should be used in moderation and with care. As designers, we take into consideration these effects that color has on the human mind to help us determine the best use and fit for each space. We suggest using red in entertainment spaces such as the living and dining rooms. Red is also a great choice for window treatments, pillows, and accent furniture. Here you can see how red steals the spotlight in a dining nook. The drapery, art piece, and accessory tray all pull red from the seating creating a fun layering effect that fills this small space with excitement.

This nightstand is a perfect example of using red on a piece of furniture to create a fun accent and carry it throughout the room within the artwork and area rug.

Colors That Pair Well with Red

There’s no doubt that red makes a statement on its own but that doesn’t mean you have to pair it with neutrals to make a space look great. Many times, red looks best when paired with colors that are just as vibrant and eye-catching. Check out the interesting mix of patterns in this photo! The scheme in this living area uses red in combination with blue, teal, and green making a space that is daring yet visually appealing to the eye.

Red’s complement is green and although most of us associate those colors with the holiday season they can be combined in a way that is not so literal by using variations of the hues. To avoid making your space look like a holiday party we recommend pairing it with a sage green or mint green. Other select colors that work well with red are teal, navy blue, peach, and yellow. If you choose to take the neutral route but still want to create a dramatic ambiance, use black, white, or gray or a combination of all three to really make the space pop. In this unique bedroom, we placed red accents on a neutral black and white background adding to the already existing moody vibe of the artwork.

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