If you just KonMaried your living room to adhere to the chic, stripped-down style that is so en vogue, I have some bad news for your: Minimalism is out. In fact, many of the design trends that have been so explosive in recent years are starting to fade away. Including mid-century modern furniture, statement upholstery and eclecticism. Thus, if you are looking for a new style to guide your living room design, consider the following rising trends, instead:
Minimalism is about getting rid of unnecessary design features and components, leaving only what is essential for function and style in a room. Fortunately, maximalism isn’t the exact opposite of minimalism — it isn’t about transforming your living space into a hoarder’s paradise. Instead, maximalism is defined by these four design elements:
Brave color : You can finally break free of the neutral chains and experiment with bright, bold color in your living room design. Palettes should be vibrant and potentially even clashing.
Busy patterns : Patterns increase the sense of activity in the room, so the more you rely on big, bold and repetitive patterns, the better. You want the space to be loud and eclectic.
Layered texture : You want the surfaces of your room to beg to be touched. You can create texture by layering colors and patterns as well as by using a variety of fabrics.
Central motif : Maximalism isn’t about chaos; all the color, pattern and texture should point to a central theme that keeps them cohesive and stylish. You can drive your motif home by repeating similar colors, patterns and textures throughout the features of your room.
An easy way to achieve a maximalist aesthetic is to supersize certain elements of your room. Even if your living space is small, large artwork on the walls, an oversized rug or a chandelier are unobtrusive ways to maximize your design.
Humans came from nature, but we have spent much of the last few millennia trying to distance our societies from it. Not anymore; this year, you should try to bring nature back to your civilized spaces by integrating natural elements into your living room design.
The trend of biophilia sees the heavy use of natural materials, like unpainted wood and stone. Additionally, it incorporates natural resources like plenty of daylight through large, open windows and running water in features like fountains. As much as possible, you should try to hide your high tech, perhaps using a Jersey TV mounting service to help you stash your gadgets up high, and hide unsightly chords inside a cabinet or behind large indoor plants. Additionally, you should try to decorate with hand-crafted and custom artwork, which also gets you away from machines and closer to nature.
For years, a masculine aesthetic has dominated design, but finally, the era of feminine style seems to be dawning. It’s important to note at the outset that gender is a construct; humans arbitrarily ascribe “male” and “female” to different colors and styles, resulting in design that is seen as “masculine” or feminine” for no inherent reason whatsoever. For decades, anything to do with femininity has been seen as less-than-ideal, but as the world has begun to question the concept of gender. The previously abhorred feminine design is beginning to see a new, gender-neutral light.
In truth, gendered design as a whole seems to be waning, meaning you can leave your insecurities about making a too-girly or too-macho living room in the past. By opting to fill your living room with traditionally feminine tones like dusty pink and taupe. You are deconstructing the idea of pink as a girl’s color and taking advantage of a fresh and beautiful style.
Trends move in and out of style so quickly that if you blink, you could miss them. While you shouldn’t ignore design trends completely, it isn’t a good idea to rely on them entirely to decorate your space — especially an incredibly important and visible space like your living room. Instead, you should focus your efforts on building a design that you like, and only then should you integrate trendy elements that will catch guests’ attention. In this way, you can avoid the need to totally revamp your living room. Every six months and you can enjoy your design more in the moment, too boot.