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Forecast: 2018 Interior Design Trends

By: The Balance Design Team

A brand new year means a fresh start for you and your home. We’re looking ahead to what we think (and hope) will pick up speed this year.

Oversized Florals

Big, bold blooms have long been on our radar and we love the drama that they bring to a room. The contrast of clean lines and florals in this dining room is GORGEOUS! This look can be applied to every type of room, giving a each space a touch of modern femininity that can be balanced out with more masculine finishes and furnishings.

Shadowy Paint Colors

Our designer Elisabeth has been looking at this photo every day this month as inspiration for her own home. She’s been really into all-white walls/trim/ceiling and how beautifully it adds cohesion to complex architectural geometries and celebrates art and rugs. She says, “Unbeknownst to me, however, this was not the popular opinion at our home so I had to recalibrate…I buckled and bold it is! We are considering Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore which despite the ‘gray’ in its name is really more of a dusty slate blue-green.” Also integral to this look is to paint the trim, or even the ceiling and floors the same vibrant color like shown here — something we have adorned in many of our client’s dining rooms and libraries. To 2018…let’s dare to bring in more saturated color!

Terra Cotta Floors

We like a floor with character: patina concrete, historic hardwoods, even cobbled stone or brick. Moving away from all sleek everything, we think things are gonna get a little rough around the edges this year in the best possible way. Not only are terra cotta brick floors rich in tradition and history, they’re also rich in color! That warm, earthy hue and textured surface gives a neutral modern room a needed cozy factor.

Natural Materials

This year we expect there to be a continued rising interest toward eco-consciousness and decorating with items that are made of sustainable materials and have an organic and minimalist feel to them. People care about where their furniture comes from and how it’s made. Wicker and rattan furniture with modern and curved edges creates a softness and a visual airiness to spaces. Plus, it’s durable enough to handle the wear and tear of family life.

A New Look at Repurposing

This doesn’t mean turning a pallet into a headboard, but instead utilizing vintage furniture in different ways for the home — a return to quality materials, thought out in new ways. This isn’t really a new idea or “trend” but we see it as a reinvigorated movement. What’s better than a beautiful textural dresser made into a functional bathroom vanity? Or a worn glass-enclosed bookcase used to store cookbooks in a kitchen? Whatever the piece or the need, we hope to see a significant move away from big box stores to pieces that tell a story.

And finally, @%# trends! Be authentic to yourself and if it happens that you love the latest color, hate floral wallpapers, or need to have terra cotta floors, then make it so! Design Pulp’s mission is to show you what we find and appreciate (or not!). Ultimately, only you will know if something appeals to you as a long lasting treasure or a one night stand. Even in our design studio we find that while some of us love one new thing, others feel less than enthusiastic about it. We can’t wait to see what you design this year!

A Simple Holiday Season

By: Stephanie Andrews

What a year it has been! We have so much to be thankful for: a thriving interior design business, a beautiful community, and some very special clients, friends and families. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to stay mindful of what is truly important this time of year. To us, holiday decorating means creating a space that is warm, inviting, and finds inspiration in the simple beauty of nature.

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Photo courtesy of The Kitchn.

Air plants and oranges. Simple, festive, easy.

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Photo courtesy of OMGLifestyle.

There’s something magical about the blooming of forced bulbs like amaryllis, paper whites, or tulips.

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Photo courtesy of Monika Hibbs.

A beautiful way to decorate the banister: delicate greenery, pinecones, and ribbon tied to the newels with floral wire.

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Photo courtesy of FamilyHoliday.net.

Don’t forget the fireplace! Seasonal fruit and pines create an organic and authentic ambiance.

We wish you the very best holiday season and thank you for an incredible year. Looking forward to a sumptuous (design- filled) New Year!

Obsession: Black and White Patterned Tile

By: Verena Dalati Salmé

Lately I’ve been really inspired by bold, patterned tile, which may or may not have anything to do with my upcoming trip to Mexico. The movement, the contrast, the amazing statement a wall of this beautiful tile makes–I love it all.

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The echo tile is the kind of tile that gets better the more you use it in one place. The Corazon restaurant in Portland has the right idea.

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It’s hard to go wrong with this classic pattern, so go ahead and fill a whole wall with it. Seriously, do it.

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Photography by Sharyn Cairns for Whiting Architects

Maybe you can’t decide which you like better: organic or geometric patterns. That’s okay, mix ’em up! The monochromatic aspect keeps the patchwork tile eclectic, not chaotic.

Black and white doesn’t have to be boring. Go big with patterns and make a statement!