I always look forward to this time of year, when the “colors of the year” and new design trends are revealed. This year, I’m excited about the adorned colors and lifestyle trends that are coming into homes as a result of the pandemic.
My favorite color of the year is Evergreen Fog SW9130 by Sherwin Williams. To quote their introduction of the new color: “Embrace a new beginning with a cool and soothing gray-green hue. In the quiet calm of a forest, the world finds continuous renewal. The hope of new life converges with the wisdom of the ages. In soft shades, there is meaning, a place to heal, a lasting peace.” I love Sherwin Williams’ colors and their color inspiration.
Some of my favorite design trends listed for this year were provided in a News Break post from DBF Interiors:
- Pet-friendly furniture. Many pets were adopted during the pandemic and as pets are a member of the family, we love to shower them with comfort and security. There are so many adorable pet sofas that are comfortable for your canine and will complement your furniture and décor. I attended an event in Scottsdale called Design for Dogs, where architects and designers designed elaborate pet houses for a good cause. Check out the Facings of America event at designfordogs.org.
- Home offices. Working from home is more common as a result of the pandemic.
Converting a walk-in closet or spare bedroom into an office is a good use of the space. Using the space of a kitchen nook is another excellent alternative. We added an area at the corner of our guest family room for my husband’s home office.
- Private space. With the stress of the daily life, having a quiet place to meditate or relax is essential to well-being. Think about being close to a window and having a comfortable area to sit or lay. I have a daily practice of mediation first thing in the morning, and I look onto my courtyard filled with flowering plants. It’s a great way to start the day.
- Patio or porch relaxation. Getting out into nature while reading, eating or talking on the phone is an enjoyable way to relax. Add some comfortable cushioned chairs, a table and potted flowers to your outdoor space.
- Warm colors. Colors with warm tones such as red, yellow and orange evoke a sense of inviting warmth. These colors make a space feel cozy and warm. As these colors can also create a sense of energy and passion, a little goes a long way.
- Open floor plans. Properly arranged and spaced furniture allows for the good Feng Shui energy to flow freely through the space. As a certified Feng Shui practitioner, I’m big on not having cluttered areas.
Diane’s Take: This is an exciting time to make sure your home provides the functionality you need. Consider incorporating nature’s colors—with maybe a pop of warmth—and creating areas for relaxation and well-being.