If there’s anything we’ve learned recently, it’s that we should place a premium on designing welcoming and friendly interiors for guests and visitors to our homes. It’s hard to overvalue the design of a house, especially when trends are always changing and on the move.
But what are the first steps you need to take to ensure that your home is ready to compete with buyers who appreciate a truly fashionable and inviting interior? Read on for more tips to convert a home from an everyday property to a stand-out star in your neighborhood.
Blend the old and the new
Luckily, it doesn’t take much to transform a one-tone dining room into a symphony of styles that your guests can’t wait to enjoy. Add a touch of marble to a kitchen alongside your newest stand mixer, or surround a colorful abstract art piece in an antique stucco frame. Bring out your retro rug and coffee table from the garage, but this time, use the space to center new art books, a retractable reading lamp, or a minimalist wall hanging. The combinations are nearly endless!
Explore unique lighting
Try adding a touch of art nouveau chic to your den with eccentric floral reliefs, or experiment with the Bauhaus style with colored lamps, early 20th-century glass fixtures, or loud geometric forms. Lighting doesn’t have to be bold either. Test out more muted lighting options with fixtures made of stone or other organic materials to tone down the ambient lighting to a level that suits your needs. Don’t forget the frosted glass and antique accents--these century-old colorways and textures are as cool now as they were in the Jazz age.
Bring green inside
Taking a cue from both Southern European interior design, Eastern tones, and Asian innovation, green interior colors are all the rage right now. Studies have shown the health benefits that come from adding green to your home. This color promotes emotional health, eases seasonal affective disorder, and can even lift the negative side effects of depression and anxiety.
Painting walls in cool green hues are easy on the eyes, especially in low-light conditions during winter or in darker areas of the home. Go back to nature, but this time do it from the comfort of a veranda patterned in green wall hangings, a floral wall or curtain, or by potting ferns and annual plants around the parts of the home that you frequent for relaxation and calm.
Curves are back
This means it may be time to swap out the stark black and white straight-back sitting chairs of yesteryear with plush lounge recliners and more forgiving sofas that enable homeowners to rest and entertain guests from the hip of a chaise longue or semi-circular coffee tables. Arched geometries in your cabinets, ceilings, and windows could be another place to experiment with more relaxed, inviting shapes as well.
Add metallic and jewel-toned furniture
Designers have been spreading the word about the benefits of adding metallic and bold colorations to home interiors for upwards of ten years, and the style has finally caught on—in a big way. Steel, diamond, silver, and gold colorways are some of the most fashionable textures on the market, especially when it comes to accent pieces like throw pillows, dining chairs, coffee tables, and organic accent pieces.
The metallic style is rooted in Art Deco, popular over a hundred years ago when the iron and steel figures of the golden age of New York and Paris rose in popularity. Today, metal and jewel-encrusted couches, cookware, wall hangings, and bedding patterns are attracting worldwide attention, and it doesn’t take much to add a touch of this iridescent and geometric style to your favorite communal spaces.
Spend time on the floor
Try old-school materials in stone and clay
Molded table forms, sculptural tables and seating arrangements, indirect lighting, and the organic shapes of the human body are the most influential ways that this ancient style is driving interior design both forward and backward in time. Rough-hewn bowls, unfinished wood floors, fired clay, and fresh earth colors appear in some of the most popular homes, from Vancouver to Beijing and Los Angeles to London.
Get seriously sustainable
Living sustainably can sometimes be a daunting task for homeowners. Yet a recent study shows that over 62% of homeowners are still committed to upgrading their properties to help out with environmental issues. Decades ago, adding solar panels or ambient lighting to your favorite rooms meant installing bulky appliances and machines that were distracting eyesores. Today’s designers are exploring more minimal and softer methods to make your homework for you. Smart home technologies like regulating thermostats and energy-efficient windows are only getting more and more simple to add to your home.
Mix and match colors
Whether it’s testing out a moody combination of jewel hues, blended colorations, or deep and dark accents, the way is open for you to explore new backdrops that speak to your own style.
Try velvet textures, coral and bright yellow golds, shiny palettes, or even rustic browns and bold wood colors to liven up those corners of the home that may have gone overlooked for years.
You can make the classical your own by painting antique furniture in verdant greens or trading out gold fixtures with reclaimed marble. But don’t overlook the carpet, wall fixtures, or shelving—even in the details, adding a classical touch is all about less is more.