The world of interior design always follows certain trends. While it can be tempting to march to the beat of your own drum, there are trends worth following. Many interior designers love to incorporate the following four trends into their work.
Especially in rooms with clean lines and little use of color, texture can add a little something extra. If you have a large, white wall in a living room, for example, leaving it smooth can make the room look boring. Using a bit of plaster to add some texture, however, can give the wall more character and life. Similarly, natural wood grains can warm a room's appearance.
The goal is to embrace imperfections and accept time-tested materials for their slight flaws. Experiment with different textures. For example, maybe a leather couch can add texture in the middle of a living room.
Square archways, doorways, and windows represent the simplest forms of interior design. There is nothing wrong with these, but squares within squares can get redundant quickly. Adding a few curves will make a space inherently more interesting. Feel free to embrace this trend with curved furniture, sinks, countertops, and tables. Once more, this approach often works best to liven up rooms that employ fairly simple modernist or contemporary designs.
Many interior designers prefer to build visually consistent spaces for their clients. However, you can still produce a consistent look by taking the best elements of two different design approaches. Someone creating a contemporary space, for example, might grab patterns more commonly associated with traditional or Victorian designs. By deploying the patterns strategically, they can add color and form to relatively simple spaces.
You can experiment with this approach by using accent pieces and furnishings. A more visually complex rug or a lamp, for example, can add a different style to a modernist room. You can then keep adding elements from each style until you strike the right visual balance between the two styles.
Tones and Grades
Matching complementary tones of certain colors can help you develop a theme for a whole room. Light tan walls next to dark brown trim on the windows, for example, can provide a nice contrast without getting noisy.
Similarly, you can use several grades of a tone to add interest across a room. Perhaps you'll have a dark fireplace to serve as the room's focal point, light walls, and an in-between tone for the windows and trim. You can use a slightly different tone for the doors too.
To learn more about these design elements, contact an interior designer.