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2020 Interior Design Trends

by the Balance Design Team

As we embark on a new decade, the Balance Design team felt the pressure this year to determine the interior design trends that we believe were not only noteworthy but exciting as well.  Each member chose a trend that they were drawn to and eager to incorporate in their future designs.

Stephanie’s pick: Integrated Home Technology

Photo courtesy of Digital Trends

This trend may make you chuckle, but personally I have resisted technology since the age of the pager.  That being said, most high-end luxury designs will need to consider integrating technology into the home.  Some of my favorites are hidden speakers and lighting, automated window treatments, ambient lighting controlled by a wifi device, and sleek TV’s camouflaged as a piece of art (my personal favorite being the Samsung Frame TV).  The fact that our TV’s can not only entertain us but act as a realistic piece of art is brilliant!

Shelby’s Pick: Plaster Showers

Photo courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

As designers, we always encourage our clients to design for the age and architectural style of their home.  We try to stay ahead of the trends by pointing out interesting movements that we see in the design world that stand out to us.  Recently, I have been drawn to plaster showers.  I love a good tile pattern in the bath, but there is something to be said about this thousand year old technique that allows for a serene and grout-less look.  Plaster can be tinted to a hue of your liking and is actually quite sustainable.

Margo’s Pick: Animal Print Upholstered Furniture

Photo courtesy of Schumacher

Nothing adds a personal stamp on an otherwise traditional space like a stunning conversational piece. When used sparingly and purposefully on furnishings and home accents, animal prints can actually bring a heightened sense of vibrancy to any space. Historically, animal furs represented luxury and elegance. Today, we lust over lush, replica fabrics that showcase the same eye-catching, exotic beauty with a touch of whimsy.

Melody’s Pick: Textured Wallpaper

Photo courtesy of Maya Romanoff

Incorporating natural materials in new and innovative ways is a trend that we will also continue to see this year. I love how wood, stone and even shells are being integrated onto wall treatments in particular. This Maya Romanoff wallpaper utilizes natural capiz shells to create an otherworldly iridescence in the bath room. Beautiful!

As designers we have considered both the whimsical and the deliberate interior design trends for 2020.  We would love to get your feedback on these concepts!  Feel free to let us know your thoughts and willingness to incorporate any of these design trends into your home.  Happy 2020 friends!

Keep it Simple this Holiday

By Stephanie Andrews

This may be one of the shortest times between Thanksgiving (November 28th), Hanukkah (begins December 22nd) and Christmas (December 25th). We wanted to offer some great decor ideas to keep it simple, minimalist, yet still warm and cozy.  So if you want some low stress, easy yet elegant ideas, read on.

Apple Votive Holders

Photo Courtesy of womensday.com

In Georgia, we often have beautiful weather during the holidays, sometimes you can even eat outside! Even if you do not, these easy apple votives are perfect for a Thanksgiving table display.

 

Charcuterie Boards

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

Our own Shelby Adamson, is the queen of the charcuterie boards!  Start with an oversized cutting board and add meat, cheese, olives, nuts, and fruit for a beautiful, abundant Thanksgiving tray.

 

Large Glass Vessels

Photo Courtesy of Home Wow Decor

Clear vases and vessels can hold natural winter accessories and are a great way to start decorating early, without looking like too much holiday decoration.

 

Bring the Outdoors In

Photos Courtesy of Home Wow Decor, Instagram, and Ideacoration

Incorporating evergreens into your home creates a comfortable, easy going way to show your holiday spirit, and the smell amazing!

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.  Low stress elegance adds to the joy of the season.  You got this!

 

Highpoint Market Fall 2019

By Melody Richardson

The team at Balance Design is always looking for new sources of inspiration. This past week we took a trip up to High Point N.C. to see what is up and coming in the interior design world. We were able to find new vendors and visit our tried and true favorites.

Photo Courtesy of IMC High Point Market

While we were there, four trends really stuck out to us-

Light Wood Tones

We loved this sculptural side table from Rowe Furniture. The light tone of the wood along with the waterfall edge gave a fresh look to an otherwise simple design.

Rich Textural Materials

We were in awe of this gorgeous rattan chair and woven pendant from Selamat layered with their amazing art deco inspired wallpaper. Rattan is being used in a multitude of ways, it’s not just for outdoor use anymore!

Sustainable Materials

We were extremely excited to see a greater focus the use of sustainable materials. Vendors such as Greenington only use sustainably sourced materials like bamboo for all of their products. We can’t wait to incorporate these pieces into our designs!

Round Rugs

We loved this fresh take on a bedroom rug. The round shape brings a layer of visual interest to the design and is perfect for layering asymmetrically under a bed. There are so many ways to use this piece!

As designers we want to be able to source beautiful and sustainable pieces for our clients and High Point market gave us new ideas to do just that. With a plethora of inspiration fresh in our minds we are so excited to begin to use these gorgeous pieces in our own designs!

 

The Joy of Designing in a (Very) Small, Shared Space.

By: Danielle Clockel

Ah, New York: big city, small apartments. I moved to Brooklyn in July with my significant other, which meant combining two apartments’ worth of belongings into one little 450 square foot studio. By now we’ve all read the tips and tricks to overcoming small space challenges, but not enough is said about the fun of making it all work. Here’s what I enjoyed most about making our tiny apartment our authentic home.

Gaining big love for little plants. Tragically, I had to rehome several of my larger plants to friends before I made the move to Brooklyn, knowing I wouldn’t have the space for them. However, tending to my menagerie of petite plants (most hardy succulents) and seeing them thrive in their new environment has given me new appreciation for their special details — red edged leaves, propagation progress, and even some tiny new babies popping up from the mother plant. Additional benefit: they help hide some of the cords from my better half’s MANY electronic devices.

Creating a diverse color palette to invigorate the space. Blues, teals, reds, and purples speckle our tiny studio. Against crisp white walls, this bold scheme brings the apartment to life. He thought there was no way to mix floral print with a concert poster — he was wrong.

Creating vignettes to turn clutter into meaningful displays. One shelving unit for all my books and cameras meant each level needed to look good, and not like I had to cram it all in there. So I played around with stacking, grouping, and placement to turn each shelf into its own little display. Have a few of my treasures still somehow ended up on my partner’s own bookshelf? Maybe, maybe not.

I’ve lived in studio apartments for over half of my adult life, but our fifth floor charmer is definitely the smallest. It took even a seasoned pro such as myself a little time to figure out just how to bring two separate households of belongings together in a space the size of some people’s kitchens. But through it all, these were the parts of the process that brought me the most joy, and I believe they can inspire any size dwelling.

2019 Fall Design Trends

By Stephanie Andrews

We are so excited to be featured for the second time on New Home Source‘s post on design trends. As a  featured designer, Balance Design was asked to predict their favorite fall trends.

Here’s what we had to say:

International Inspiration

The Balance Design Team based out of Atlanta recommends getting inspired by ideas from around the globe.

Photo Courtesy of Elle Decor

Parisian Salon style is one a trend to look out for. Try combining a vintage rug with art nouveau rounded furnishings in jewel tones and black and white accents. Oh! Don’t forget the silk curtains – they are back!

 

Photo Courtesy of Freshome

Another trend is the simplicity of Japanese style. With Marie Kondo’s TV show helping us understand how to let extra items go unless they spark joy, we are attracted to her adorable persona as well as her message. Is it a trend if it is just sensible good advice? In an age of wanting to not feel anxious or overwhelmed, we think she is speaking directly to our industry, and perhaps humanity.”

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

Finally, we are very excited about cooler temps in sunny, hot Atlanta! The third trend we are watching this fall is using the spicy turmeric color. We are loving bright colors, and finding lots of ways to use them – upholstery, bedding, window treatments, and, of course, pillows. Whether these colors are in velvet, linens, leathers or sheers, they are mesmerizing.

To see the full article, head on over to New Home Source‘s blog to see what the other designers are predicting for this fall!