Hi friends! We're excited to kick off the first post of our newest blog series - The Row House Round-Up. Each week we'll create a quick post that lists five design examples that you can read in less than five minutes. My friend reminded me recently that no one has time to read much these days. As a new mom, I totally get that. Anyway, here we go!
Times, they are a changin' in the design industry as they do quite often. While some elements have had staying power for a while now, other new concepts are on the rise and they're winning our hearts and taking over our pin boards. We're starting to notice that most of these ideas were popular many years ago and that we're seeing a resurgence of them, but the way they're implemented is a little different. Here are some things we're loving:
1. Matching Wallpaper & Draperies (or upholstery) & Playful Wallpaper in General
... but not your grandma's wallpaper. Take a look at some of these examples. While some are bold and pack a big punch, others are soft and subtle. I love how the matching curtains help tie a room together and add a hint of unexpected uniformity!
2. Wood Cabinets
... but not the ones you remember from the late 90's and early 2000's. Wood cabinetry is back but think less cherry tones and more oak. Less saturated and more washed. Less glossy/smooth and definitely more matte/natural. Here are some of my favorites.
3. Warmer and More Muted Tones & Textures
Think warmer grays and subtle beige tones, antiqued plumbing fixtures, interior pavers, hand painted tile, pastels and other chalky colors (like putty white). I'm so excited about this and I appreciate how it somehow makes even a new home feel like it already has a story instead of feeling sterile or plain.
4. Chalky Blues & Saturated Greens with Matching Millwork
Adding on to item #3, even bold colors seem to be more muted with more depth. Green and blue have been popular for a long time but we're seeing new applications. I'm particularly fond of trim & millwork that matches the wall (and sometimes the ceiling, too). It adds depth and volume to the walls! (Side-note: never forget that your trim doesn't always have to be white. Don't get me wrong, white is classic, but there are so many options out there. I'll write a post one day on how to incorporate trim that isn't white). Anyway, here are some rooms that make me smile:
Plaster has obviously been around for, well, thousands of years. We know it's nothing new, but I'm a big fan of the way people are using it these days. When you hear plaster, you may be envisioning chunky texture on walls. We're talking more about the smooth, matte plaster in an ivory white finish. It adds so much dimension to walls without it looking like a cliche "wall texture." It is even beautiful for range hoods!
Thanks for reading! What trends are you loving these days? Tell us about them in the comments.