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Hottest Home Design Trends Deliver New Takes on Old Classics

FITZROY sofa and Koi center table, prices upon request, by Brabbu Design Forces

The past 18 months have seen the majority of Arizonans spending more time than ever in their homes. Whether socializing, working or exercising, people have been evaluating how they live, work and play in their homes.

The 2021 Las Vegas Market, an interior design show dedicated to showcasing the hottest trends entering the market, revealed the heavy influence of function and comfort in living spaces from kitchens and living rooms to bedrooms and outdoor spaces. While form and function are the driving forces, the hottest home design trends are incorporating a new take on old classics.

Part of the resurgence can be attributed to the fact that several popular furniture patents from the 1950s and ’60s are now expiring and paving the way for a comeback in midcentury and Bauhaus-type styles. Against this backdrop, new spins on familiar classics are among the most in-demand trends hitting home interiors, including:

1. Matte Black

Bottom middle: Kravitz chandelier, $10,100, by DelightFULL

Matte black is one of the hottest decorating trends that are taking homes by storm. From photo frames and accessories to lamps and furniture, this unique finish offering a smooth and sleek surface accentuates minimalist design and brings sophistication into any home space. While the thought of using black transports some people into the 1970s when glaring high-gloss finishes were once all the rage, the look of matte furnishings is understated and refined, yet chic and can work with a variety of styles.

Highly flexible, matte black can be seamlessly incorporated into existing designs to refresh existing layouts through artwork, accessories, accent seating and lighting.

2. Curved Furniture and Light Wood

Curry three-piece angled sofa, $2,985, Copenhagen Imports

Harking back to the 1950s, the curved sofa and side chair is making a major comeback. Known for providing a more intimate and defined space, curved furniture is ideal for conversations and intimate gatherings, especially as life returns to a semblance of normalcy and people quench their thirst to reconnect. Curved, or conversational sofas as they’re known, tend to be functional works of art—sculpted, welcoming and attractive—and often acting as a main focal point within a room.

3. Organic Modern

Photo by Alyssa Strohmann via Unsplash

As Tuscan-inspired dark woods have been slowly exiting the design space, light woods and natural tones and textures made popular by the renowned Studio McGee are making a major mark in design circles. Homeowners are gravitating toward an airy, but cozy vibe that these lighter pieces deliver in full force. Additionally, many of these lighter, neutral hues provide the perfect pairing for a variety of color palettes.

4. Mixed Metals

Top right: Groove wall mixer tap; Bottom right: Symphony dressing table; Bottom left: Koi washbasin; Middle top: Koi bathtub. All by Maison Valentina

While some may think of a heavily industrial look when they think of mixed metals, the newest design trends are incorporating very aesthetically pleasing metal palettes that blend seamlessly into nearly any design. Pairing gold and silver or matte gold with Champagne gold are overwhelmingly available across fixtures, tables, art and lighting.

5. Rattan

Alondra chandelier, price upon request, Fig & Birch

Rattan furniture has become a versatile showstopper that has significantly evolved from the outdoor furniture reminiscent of the Golden Girls’ Florida lanai. The widely versatile trend can be seen everywhere from lighting and mirrors to chairs, headboards and pendant lighting. In fact, it can have a stunningly sophisticated look when combined into various shapes and forms. Its flexibility also can be leveraged when a design calls for a unique texture. The unmistakable rattan weave is also coming through in both rug and pillow patterns and textures, which is ideal for someone looking to subtly up-style their space with rattan.

Did You Know?

  • Americans keep their sofas for an average of eight years. This makes accessories and complementary furniture vital in breathing new life and functionality into an existing space.
  • Remember when we were layering bracelets or necklaces in different metals two years ago? It’s no accident that we’re now seeing mixed metals in home design styles. Women’s jewelry trends are often a precursor to revealing future popular home design trends.
  • The average wait time for furniture is currently 16-20 weeks due to the pandemic. Working with an interior designer may help you get your hands on more readily available pieces that fit into your style and budget.

Jackie Wright is owner and lead interior designer of Macy Lane Designs, a Scottsdale-based decorating, organizing and lifestyle design firm with a core focus on functionality and affordability by working with homeowners to transform their surroundings into spaces that will meet their needs for years to come. To learn more about Macy Lane Designs, visit macylanedesigns.com or connect on Facebook and Instagram

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