Interior Design Trends

Interior design trends can be exciting and very attractive. Some tend to stick around, while others fade very quickly. Deciding on how to add a design trend to your home can be a difficult decision, especially if you’re doing a little more than adding some throw cushions to your sofa. Here is our decorators’ advice on what trends will last and how to apply each to your home.

Grey Colour Palettes

Grey has been a dominating neutral colour palette for a number of years now, and will continue to be popular in the coming years. The colour is being used in anything from flooring, to cabinetry, paint colour, and furniture. Greys in the same shade (think blue based greys versus yellow based) work well together, and support many different accent colours. The trick to using grey is to not use too much of it. In colour psychology, grey can be a soothing colour as it stays in the background, but can become draining over time as it doesn’t have much “personality”. Industrial spaces are typically grey as they are utilitarian spaces. The best way to use grey is to keep it as a background for other colour in the room. The picture below shows a warm wood floor contrasting against the neutral grey cabinetry.

Add a touch of natural wood warmth to contrast the neutral grey palette

Add a touch of natural wood warmth to contrast the neutral grey palette — houzz.com

Blue and yellow pop against the neutral grey backgrounds

Blue and yellow pop against the neutral grey backgrounds — houzz.com

The living room above is a great example of allowing the blue and yellow colours to really stand out against the neutral grey background.

Because of its neutrality and ease of use with other colours, grey will be a colour we will see in interiors for years to come.

Natural Materials

In this day of super fast technology and continuing disconnectedness, people are looking for ways to slow down and get back to the basics. When added to interiors, natural materials like wood, marble, stone, and linens help soothe and calm, and bring you back to our natural world.

Reclaimed wood can be used for a touch of texture and presonality

Reclaimed wood can be used for a touch of texture and personality — intercomapp.com

Woods like the picture above look beautiful contrasted against very modern pieces. The juxtaposition of old and new highlight the pieces individually, while maintaining a cohesive look.

Marble has been used more and more for counter tops, backsplashes, flooring and furniture. The classic look can go modern or traditional, making it a very flexible natural material to add to your interior.

Marble used in a modern kitchen

Marble used in a modern kitchen —  Houzz.com

A traditional style bathroom using marble

A traditional style bathroom using marble — Houzz.com

Adding natural material to your interior can be as easy as bringing in a plush wool area rug or natural cotton toss cushions. There are many DIY projects out there from installing reclaimed wood on an accent wall to making your own light fixtures from found materials.

Whatever your style, Alford’s can help guide you from top to bottom. Our designers are here to help with everything from flooring, to paint colour, to furnishing.

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