This New Room Reflects Trends That Will Stay Stylish

Neutral Design Trends


We have seen a lighter and softer design trend in the past year. Customers want to update their spaces by using lighter colors and textures instead of rich deep colors. Grey is still popular, but it has a much softer and warmer cast.

While designing this room, the client knew she would paint the walls a light, warm grey. Her stone fireplace had light grey and warmer shades. The floor was also more grey than red or yellow, and it became our color palette for the spaces. If the floor had been an orange or red tone, I would have pulled those colors into the scheme.

“Everything is my favorite. The light color palette that we chose is so timeless and feels really cozy against the darker flooring and stone in the fireplace. It feels and looks so comfortable and inviting. Also, the unique features on the actual pieces we picked – such as the tufted ottoman, spools on the chairs, and even the lines of the couch give it interest and character.” —Home Owner

Softer shades are echoed in the rugs -textured rugs, tone-on-tone rugs, natural rugs -all working together to tie in the colors and add interest to the lighter color scheme. This year, we have seen fewer traditional oriental rugs and more rugs with a softer look, whether it’s a beige or grey-ish shade or a combination of both. Current popular rugs have a traditional design but in very soft muted colors.

Furniture also tends to be lighter and features different textures and smaller designs. Textured or patterned pillows and art add interest and color to these soft-toned rooms.

I love these new trends in design and how my client’s home turned out. The space is soft and comfortable, and I feel it will be current and stylish for a long time.


Wendy Flynn - Dream House

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