The New Look: 7 Ways to Nail the Latest Interior Styles in Your Home

The New Look: 7 Ways to Nail the Latest Interior Styles in Your Home

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 26, 2016
(Image credit: Dimore Studio)

As a design blogger I'm always on the lookout for new trends, always trying to suss out which direction interior design will take next. Right now I feel that we're moving towards something a little more glamorous and refined, a sort of reaction to the intentionally run-down look of shabby chic. Here are a few things to look out for — and a few ways you can get what I'm calling the 'new look'.

More color.
The new look includes a lot more color, but in desaturated tones that read as moody and sophisticated. (The designers at Italian firm Dimore studio, who created the space above, have really mastered this.) You don't have to paint your walls or feel like you're living in a cave to get the look, either — a lot of the spaces below have lighter walls, with the color coming in the form of accents.

A kind of moderated minimalism.
What you see in a lot of these interiors is something like minimalism... mostly. Maybe I should call it simplicity, because while the overall look is a bit restrained and soothing, there's still a lot going on, in the form of textures, the aforementioned colors, and some very interesting shapes.

(Image credit: Houzz)

The mix of new and old.
Whether you're placing modern pieces in an older space, or vice versa, or just mixing one or two antique pieces into your IKEA collection, this is a great way to give a space depth and timelessness. I think this particular mix is a reaction to some of the uber-modern spaces we saw in the early 2000s, which now read a bit too sleek and cold, but also to the Bohemian extravagance that followed.

(Image credit: Yatzer)

Thin, delicate profiles.
I love the pieces in the hotel above, which almost seem to dance off the page. The elegant curves of the lounge chair even recall Art Nouveau, a movement whose artsy curves are a lovely antidote to too much modernism. Also in vogue: pieces with thin wire construction, like the chairs in the second image or the lamp below, which provide a nice contrast to chunkier furniture.

(Image credit: Planete Deco)

Just a little bit of texture.
A sort-of minimal space with just enough texture to warm things up — once again, a nice happy medium between uber-minimalism and Bohemian extravagance.

(Image credit: Share Design)

Matte black.
It could be argued that black never really goes out of style, but it is back in a big way, especially in matte shades, which read very modern. This is a great way to add a little sophistication to pretty much any room.

Interesting shapes.
Moderate minimalism, just enough texture, and colors that aren't too attention-getting mean that there's more energy to focus on the design of individual pieces. This is wonderful time for a single statement piece — like a Togo sofa or a Swan chair or just a cool lamp — to really shine.

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