The days of homogenized, antiseptic dwellings are behind us. Whether city or suburb, people are looking to live in alluring spaces within dynamically-designed residential properties. The last few years have seen aesthetic trends come and go in regard to condominium, cooperative and homeowners association living. We talked to several experts from different backgrounds and geographical locations to ascertain what they feel were the most influential ideas in the past decade or so, and what they predict will emerge as the defining motifs in the future.
While design trends can differ geographically based on factors like economical and material feasibility, there are certain concepts that capture the zeitgeist and have latecomers scrambling to catch up at any given time. Recent years have seen a semi-unconventional juxtaposition of both the modern and the earthy.
“The last decade really introduced the concept of reclaimed, natural material,” says Alice Williams of Alice Williams Interiors in Hanover, New Hampshire. “At first, they appeared only in small wooden pieces of furniture, but now we’re seeing them incorporated into lighting, wall coverings, flooring, and more. As the consumer becomes more educated in regard to the viability of this option, and millennials more inclined to purchase home goods, the use of these materials has gone from the fringes to the mainstream.”
In urban centers, a contemporary modern aesthetic has grown increasingly prevalent for interiors over the past few years. Susan Lauren, Principal of Lauren Interior Design in New York City, indicates that this may be due to the need to compete with newer high-rises being built in that of-the-now style. “Interiors in new construction are architecturally clean and minimal, and the fabrics tend to have more texture and less pattern,” she says. “Secondly, colors tend to be cooler than before. Tan and beige carpets were the rage a few years ago, but, today, clients prefer carpets with shades of gray.”
For her part, Jana Manning, Partner at Manning Design Group in Asbury Park, New Jersey, tries to steer clear of anything that she sees as “too fashion-y or potentially trendy.”