5 Top Home Trends and How to Incorporate

If you’re looking to freshen up your space, Michelle Workman is the woman to call. With a keen eye for color she expertly mixes modern and vintage to create spaces that reflect each client’s personality. We sat down with her to learn the top 5 home trends this year and how you can easily incorporate them into your home (while still staying true to your taste).
 

1. Go Big or Go....Easter?

 Michelle Workman Interiors, michelleworkman.com

Michelle Workman Interiors, michelleworkman.com

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D Magazine, dmagazine.com

Color is coming back in a big way. The two prevailing trends are either “sexy and saturated” or “perfect pastels.” Darker colors include a green deeper than emerald, dark blue with a hint of green and fuschia. Pastel hues include hydrangea blue, periwinkle, mint, blush or pale pink and lilac. Color can be scary, but Workman encourages people to take the plunge. “If you really love a color you’re not going to get tired of it, even if it’s strong,” she says. “It’s really about decorating to your personality rather than your neighbors.”

How to Incorporate:
The easiest, least expensive route would be painting your walls for a fresh new look. You can also reupholster a major piece of furniture with color, such as a sofa for high impact. Choose a palette to work in (pastel or saturated) or choose a single color, such as blue and go for a high-low look.

 

2.    “Deco” the Halls

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left: rejuvenation.com; right: 1stdibs.com

This year brings a strong resurgence of Art Deco, a design and architecture style between the First and Second World Wars. Inspired by ancient Egyptians and Aztecs, the movement was actually a celebration of industry and modernity, with chrome and stainless steel applications used for the first time. Art Deco is known for its streamlined style and geometric shapes, as well as finishes like velvet and black and white checkerboard. 

How to Incorporate:
Workman suggests adding Art Deco flair with a coffee or side table. You could also choose a geometric mirror or velvet side chair. For more inspiration, see her “Art Deco” Pinterest board


3.    50 Shades of Cream

 Top and bottom: Michelle Workman Interiors, michelleworkman.com

Top and bottom: Michelle Workman Interiors, michelleworkman.com

Finally, gray is taking a backseat. The emerging neutral is cream, but the tone is anything but vanilla. Studies show cream to have a calming effect, and the shade du jour has a slightly pink undertone which makes every skin tone look great. 

How to incorporate:
"I would never recommend cream on upholstery - particularly people with kids - because of stains,” says Workman. “Instead think walls or curtains if you want something in fabric. It provides a gentle, soft backdrop for any color you want to do on furnishings.”


4.    Exotic Finishes

 Shagreen Tray, Aerin, NeimanMarcus.com

Shagreen Tray, Aerin, NeimanMarcus.com

 Zebrawood coffee table, GalahadFurniture, Etsy.com

Zebrawood coffee table, GalahadFurniture, Etsy.com

Shagreen (pronounced ‘chagrin’) – also known as sharkskin – is appearing on everything from side tables to consoles. Other exotics include parchment (originally goatskin), ostrich skin, tortoise shell and lesser known woods like zebrawood or burl.  

How to incorporate: 
“For maximum impact you could choose a desk wrapped in shagreen or parchment, or a coffee table in zebrawood,” suggests Workman. Smaller applications could include accent boxes, lamps or a tray for your coffee table. 


5.    Geometric

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Everything from fabric to furniture is getting a geometric makeover, but the biggest area for this trend is in lighting. “Adding modern pieces to your home give it a significant freshening, particularly if you have a more traditional space,” says Workman. “And you can mix styles now – there’s an overall relaxing of the rules. It creates a collected or curated look that’s very European.”

How to Incorporate:
Look for pieces that are faceted, particularly in lighting. Geometric fabrics mix well with everything, so consider mixing new accent pillows or a small piece like an upholstered bench in complimentary colors. 

 

Bottom line:
Don’t decorate your home according to trends. Workman suggests using them for inspiration, but cautions you to go with pieces and color choices that speak to you or are personally meaningful like a family heirloom.