As you're no doubt aware, interior home design trends tend to wax and wane over time. What's fresh today will seem dated in just a few short years. That's why it's important to stay abreast of the latest home decoration trends. If you'd like to spruce up your abode this summer, you can't go wrong with any of the following interior design trends.
Easily one of the hottest new window treatments on the market, solar shades passively cool homes and reduce UV damage to interior upholstery. Solar shades are semi-transparent window covers that allow a moderate amount of light to enter a home. What's more, solar shades come in a variety of styles to accommodate the wants of a diverse array of homeowners.
Folding Interior Shutters
While they're commonly associated with older buildings, folding interior shutters can compliment a home of any age or style. The great thing about folding shutters is that they can be crafted from virtually every species of wood out there. This gives homeowners a lot of leeway when it comes to the look and feel that they'd like to achieve.
Light Wood Floors
Nowadays, many homeowners want wood flooring in light tones that deliver an airy feel to their living space. If you don't want to spring for expensive hardwood flooring, vinyl or laminate alternatives can replicate the effect at a fraction of the price. When paired with white walls and dark horizontal surfaces, light wood floors always create a welcoming atmosphere.
Mid-Century Modern Light Fixtures
An updated take on retro 1950s designs, mid-century modern light fixtures add a unique touch to any room. While you could opt for loud retro colors like turquoise and chartreuse, most mid-century modern fixtures boast muted shades of white or gray. Mid-century modern wall lights and pendants typically feature relatively simplistic designs with clean lines and subtle curves.
Open Shelving Arrangements
Open or "floating" shelves give homeowners plenty of options when it comes to organizing items in kitchens, family rooms and bedrooms. They're easy to install, don't typically cost a lot and come in a dizzying array of styles. Built-in open shelves are a great compromise between floating shelves and enclosed cabinets due to their aesthetic beauty and impressive durability.
It's no secret that houseplants liven up the decor by adding splashes of color while delivering a variety of health benefits to humans. Tropical houseplants are a hot draw at the moment due to their exotic looks and low maintenance requirements. Popular tropical houseplants include bromeliads, dumb cane, jungle cactus, kentia palm and schefflera to name just a few examples.
For the time being, light color tones on countertops are absolutely out as far as interior design trends go. Warm, dark hues that mimic the look of a stained walnut or chestnut wood are preferred if you want a nice contrast between countertops and light-colored floors. You can achieve a warm countertop look using everything from real wood to acrylic.
Colorful Patterned Rugs
Throw and area rugs in a single color that starkly contrast with the underlying flooring simply don't exude a lot of personality. Colorful rugs in a variety of patterns and styles allow homeowners to jazz the decor up a bit at a low price point. Avoiding loud patterns like zebra print is the key to achieving aesthetic perfection.
Beadboard Wall Paneling
One style that never goes out of style and continues to be a hot draw is beadboard. Beadboard looks just at home in a New England farmhouse or a lake cottage as it does in a prairie-style domicile. The best thing about beadboard is that it's easy to install thanks to the availability of engineered 4x8 MDF sheets.