Whether you’re renovating, redecorating or simply obsessed with all things house and home, you’ll want to know about the next big things that Judd Lord, Delta Faucet’s Director of Industrial Design, is predicting for interior design.
People no longer want, say, a totally midcentury modern dining room. Instead, they’re combining older and modern styles. “You might see a sleek chair from Milan across from a Victorian sofa, and this mixing helps a space look fresher,” Lord says.
Polished chrome and stainless steel are giving way to what Lord calls “friendlier, more inviting” finishes: brushed nickel, rubbed brass and hammered bronze. Even in the bathroom, Lord says, that “insane new technology” means you can have tough ceramic floor tile that looks like wood.
It’s not enough to simply display them. Creative types are using antiques and found objects in unexpected ways, such as installing barn-door pulleys on shower doors, replacing glass with chicken wire in kitchen cabinets and mixing recessed river stones with traditional floor tiles.
Housing footprints have decreased as baby boomers trade McMansions for condos, so floor plans need to maximize every inch. The formal dining room is sometimes replaced with a multipurpose eating and living area that flows from the kitchen. In the bathroom, a floating vanity, a wall-hung toilet and a no-threshold shower can give the illusion of extra space. And forget the home office: Many homeowners are incorporating workstations right into their kitchen islands.
Thanks to breakthroughs like photo-canvas printing and the glut of DIY information online (you can color-block your own paintings!), it’s now possible to acquire large-scale pieces on a tight budget. As people worry less about creating a showplace and more about making a space feel inviting, they’re choosing to hang children’s watercolors alongside antique prints.