Playing with colours and patterns
While many designers are embracing calm and quiet, others are excited about the proliferation of imaginative, interesting patterns, shapes, and textures. It's a trend that allows personalities to shine.
"I think people are less afraid to use pattern in bigger spaces," says Los Angeles (LA) designer Amy Sklar. "Patterned tiles for kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms are going strong, and I've also been using patterned runners for stairways and hallways. It's a fun way to add a little personality without overwhelming the space."
LA designer Raun Thorp sees red coming back in new versions and applications.
Pantone's new palette has several vibrant hues, like Cherry Tomato, a zingy red; Meadowlark, a bracing yellow; and their colour of the year, Ultra Violet.
Floral and garden patterns are cropping up everywhere, especially exaggerated ones. "The wackier the better," says Thorp.