By Ryan Nix
So you’ve finally built your dream home. It’s got a vaulted foyer, floor-to-ceiling windows and cavernous walk-in closets that you could rent out as studio apartments. The floor plan is so open, there are literally no doors or dividing walls. You can even cook on your stovetop without ever leaving the living room sofa. However, what good is all this modern space if you don’t know how you’ll furnish it?
Many of you may be asking, “Why should I hire someone else to decorate my home?” For our more skeptical readers, Debi Davis, interior designer, says “A good decorator will help save you from owning rooms full of mistakes that result from random purchases. You need a plan for your rooms and where pieces can realistically fit or go, and not everyone has that kind of expertise.”
As for upcoming trends in interior design, Davis predicts a turn toward natural materials and colors, pointing specifically toward natural fibers like wicker, rattan and rope. She also sees warmer palettes coming into vogue, like dark leather and wood. Davis believes these elements are indicative of an increased interest in comfort over bare aesthetics. “The future of design is tied inextricably to comfort and practicality. With the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, you can’t afford to have a rug or couch that can’t handle spills or paw prints,” she says.
Troy Rhodes of Stone Works agrees with Davis’ divination. For Rhodes, this means utilizing natural materials in new and interesting ways. “Obviously open floor plans are immensely popular, and people are starting to want more out of the arched overhead spaces that are taking the place of dividing walls,” Rhodes says. On those soft transitions between living spaces, Rhodes is finding new ways to add decoration. “We’re actually making those two-foot overhead walls into accents, adding stone sheeting and patterning to add to the home’s decor,” he says.
However, potential amateur decorators should be wary of following single trends, which are as changeable as the wind. “Always remember a trend is a temporary direction. Design concentrates on a specific period of time, so remember to not overdo a certain trend when designing a new project,” says Davis. “I find that my clients are happier in the long run when I inject conventional designs with contemporary elements.”