Darker Hues and more dramatic colors
There is a trend moving away from the stark white interiors that have dominated the design market the last number of years. A darker, moodier vibe is coming our way.
We can envision this trend in our projects using colors that are cozy, warm and possess an understated bit of drama. Adding greige tones and darker shades to some rooms adds that bit of excitement for clients that want a bit more color than the lovely, bright whites that we often use. I don’t think the whites will go away like trends do. They are still classic, clean and perfect for the right client. But I see the darker tones adding another color palette for our clients that don’t want white.
A beautiful rendition of this trend by Bobo Intriguing Objects at the Las Vegas Market
Patterned Flooring and Bolder Color
Patterned floors are going to continue to be a trend in 2018, and we believe a strong one at that. Cement tiles, handmade terracotta, darker hues and strong colors that add contrast to traditional, classic patterns such as herringbone, hex and simple brick patterns add interest and texture to a surface that can take more drama. We are using this in both dramatic and subtle ways and often with tone on tone in other areas to play it up. We love this continuing trend.
Black and white marble, artfully curated
Natural Wood Elements
We are seeing this trend show itself in wide plank wood flooring, rustic mantles, cerused cabinets and furnishings. It adds a simple, elegant and down-to-earth quality, works with almost any style, is durable and can be dressed up or down depending on the client.
Combinations of natural wood, displayed at the Park Hill showroom
Indoor/Outdoor Living Elements
A continuing trend, in our wine country location is connecting indoor/outdoor spaces. We are seeing this done with kitchen pass-throughs, larger full wall doors, thoughtful space planning and easy access from living to outdoor rooms to name a few. Here in Northern California, with our mild weather, it is a smart way to add square footage to your living space without adding to the footprint.
An outdoor shower at a project completed by Tama Bell Design
Wallpaper is making a “come back” even this far North! We are seeing simple, elegant, textural wallpaper in bathrooms, behind cabinet doors and in bedrooms to add a layer of detail and warmth. We are also seeing wallpaper with big personality being used as way to add drama and create a sense of specialness to a space. I think this returning trend is just beginning to gain some traction.
Blue Ocean Traders wallpaper and Creative Coop cabinet with wallpaper liner
Today’s traditional is a mix of references from the past, which adds a layer of classic elements, mixed with a fresh, chic, more modern vibe. We love taking traditional European lines in upholstery and case goods and mixing them with modern side tables, lighting or art. It’s all about pairing the old with the new and mixing styles to add layers, interest, and character with a high level of detail.
Palecek Stools combining mid century with today and an Alder & Tweed chair with traditional lines and a moody, more contemporary feeling upholstery fabric with a men’s wear feel
Mixed Metals and Metallic Finishes
Metals can add warmth and a brightness to a space. We love mixing metals to make a space feel more curated over time, more interesting, and more complicated. Think about adding different metals for fixtures, lighting, hardware and furniture and using it in smart combinations to balance out other elements in the space.
An example of mixing antique brass and satin nickel hardware and fixtures in a master bath project by Tama Bell Design
Stay tuned for our next blog about our recent trip to the Las Vegas Market. It is a good companion piece to thinking about trends and direction for this coming year. We will be sharing some new favorite pieces, talking about what we saw and loved, and revealing a celebrity sighting that made both Lauren and I pretty giddy! Until next time…