Trends for interior design come and go, but there are several trends that tend to stand the test of time while evolving to continue to be fresh, interesting, and functional. A few of these trends include: using eco-friendly materials, lighting, windows, and open floor plans.
The trend to use eco-friendly materials looks like it will continue from now and well into the future. Everyone needs to take responsibility, which means using ethically produced products wherever and whenever possible, in addition, to using sustainable or recyclable materials, when searching to find the right materials for your interior home design projects, you will come across terms like functionality and innovation – terms that are a part of a design philosophy that originated in Germany years ago. German modernism and international style have spread modernist ideas around the world and into nearly all areas of everyday life. To make this trend continue to be contemporary, combine eco-friendly with cool, also known as retro-styling, such as using a box sofa that is combined with wood.
Lighting and lighting effects have had a massive impression this year. The trend is big and beautiful as shades and pendants come super-sized. Organizers of the Annual International Furnishings Show sent five design experts to Russia to discuss the latest trends in interior design. During a two day brainstorming session, the team examined colors, patterns, shapes and materials influential in furniture and lighting. They broke down the current market into four categories:
- Outside In – Bringing the natural environment inside.
- Neo Nature – Organic forms, especially those derived using the latest technology.
- Design School – The explosion of design and “anything goes” attitude.
- Priceless – Where design meets art – limited edition works by signature designers with hefty price tags.
Large windows are essential for bringing the outside in. The desire to bring nature into homes has been apparent with the explosion of outdoor rooms as well as the installation of over-sized large windows. Designers will demonstrate the expansion from outdoor rooms to indoor changes that will bring the natural environments indoors. This is true of color selection as well. Blue Iris is the color that will carry trends, according to Pantone, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly paint. Blue Iris is billed as a combination of the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple. Other colors that designers will be using in addition to Blue Iris this year are medium hues of blue, red, magenta, greens and tans. All of these colors reflect light as light enters spaces with large windows.
Open Floor Plans
Although not a favorite of everyone, building and renovating interiors of homes continues to be focusing on the open floor plan. For example, the open floor plan enables you to cook for friends and family while being able to participate in their company as they sit in open and adjoining spaces, such as in the kitchen and living room. Open space plans also allow you to enjoy the space separately with some people watching TV while others gather to chat.
Interior trends for homes can change with the wind and with the whims of interior designers. The above trends of using eco-friendly materials, attractive lighting, large windows, and open floor plans are expected to continue well into the future, giving you and your family a great space to live in for years to come.