With television shows like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and MTV Cribs, everyday people have been getting glimpses into celebrities’ lives for many years now. Many would say that a major perk of watching celebrity reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians is to get a sneak peek of how fabulously wealthy people live.
However, plenty of professional interior designers don’t love celebrities’ home decor as much as a typical viewer would because these influential people can also impact interior trends. This is because many times celebrities focus on how to make a property look “cool” or “trendy” instead of inviting and comfortable. For example, Kim Kardashian-West has described her home as a “minimal monastery”.
While this might be unusual and unique for a few days or nights, would you want to live in a home, year after year, that had little to no color and few pieces of furniture? If you’ve ever wondered what are the top five features that interior experts hate to see in your home, then keep scrolling to find out!
This color scheme is particularly popular as it is a great way to showcase your home in an understated way. If your home is all one color however, it can be difficult to hide anything that is a bit worn or past its prime. You may want to blow by this trend if you have small children as it’s not very forgiving to spills or stains.
A monochrome color scheme can also make a house feel less homey and very sterile. Would you want to come home every day to a lab room? Not only that, having one color throughout a room or entire home can be incredibly boring. The best way to make a home feel loved and lived in is by adding texture, handmade items, and warm wood.
Another popular aesthetic that is very trendy at the moment is the use of industrial materials such as concrete, exposed bulbs, and unwrought metal. While this can be very cool for communal spaces such as cafes and retail stores, using Edison bulbs and concrete in your home can make it seem cold and harsh. If you are going to use industrial materials, be sure to balance it out with soft and rich fabrics and rugs. This will keep your room or home from looking like a building site.
The other popular trend that runs in direct contrast to minimalism is “maximalism”. This is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of muted tones and sparse furniture, maximalism encourages lots of color and patterns, as well as plentiful furniture. While objects can lend a room or home a sense of identity, it’s important to make sure that your home doesn’t become cluttered as well. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors or patterns you love, but having too many objects on your walls or shelves can make a home look messy instead of fun.
Many interior designers are happy to see that the trend for gray everywhere is starting to pass. Colors that are more saturated will make a home inviting, where grays can make a room look dull and dark instead of sleek and sophisticated. However, grays are a really good neutral color to build on. If you do want to use it, try to include more saturated hues and textures (like thick rugs and throws or curtains) as well to make a room “pop”.
Finally, accent walls are another interior trend that may be better off in commercial spaces than in your living room. In large open spaces, accent walls draw focus and subtly encourage people to meet together at a focal point in the room. This is great for office spaces and restaurants where space is sometimes too open to foster conversation, however, private residences don’t typically have this problem. In this case, an accent wall can be distracting to the flow of a home and be off-putting instead of inviting.
Whenever you’re thinking about designing the interior of your property, you should first and foremost think about how this space can best suit your lifestyle. You may consider many different features that attract home buyers for future sale, but if the house doesn’t work for you and your needs than it isn’t worth the money to install those features. Take a walk through your home and take notes about the light and shape of each room. You want the interior of your home to reflect your personality and what you value. Create a space that you enjoy coming home to every day and you can’t go wrong!
Written by: Alejandro Herrera