Another year is coming to an end. With the New Year, come new and refreshing interior design themes that we will witness. This year couldn’t improve in showcasing some of the most breathtaking, awe-inspiring interior design trends that won our hearts. Right from trending color palettes to popular tiles designs, we saw how tables have turned. We saw a lot of different and unique ways in which tiles were put to use in homes and commercial spaces, thus enhancing not only the look of the spaces but also adding to the versatility of tiles. Let us take a look at some of the most sought-after designs that were reining the interior design space this year.
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Design Themes for your living spaces
Bohemian design theme
A super popular and seemingly eternal design, bohemian design is one that knows no bounds. It is a celebration of freedom, of having to do whatever you feel like in creating an ambience that is cozy and laid back. There is no specific structure that bohemian design follows. Think of carefree patterns and designs with relaxing textures and playful colors. The core of a bohemian aesthetic is that it is bespoke to one’s choice and preference and it is a relaxed design style. It is about expressing your individual style in your homes.
Thanks to the pandemic, we have started to cherish human life a lot more than before now. Work from home life compelled us to create an all-inclusive atmosphere where staying indoors was made comfortably tolerable. It became necessary to bring the outdoors indoors to be able to make peace with living inside the four walls of our homes. This is when biophilic design came to life and became the most followed design practice since 2020. Plants have a calming effect on the body and mind whilst also adding a refreshing vibe in your homes. Not to mention the improvement in air quality that they bring about.
Modern homes are ones that have clean, elegant and sophisticated designs. Today, contemporary style of design is highly acclaimed due to the space constraints that city folks have to face. This leads to having designs that look great without having to occupy too much space. Sleep furniture, updated lighting, muted color palette are some ways in which you can achieve a contemporary design in your spaces.
‘Less is more’ is a philosophy that is also being practiced in a lot of homes today, not just in life but in interior design as well. Minimalist homes are those that exude warm sophistication. By this, we mean light yellows, beige and off whites and undertones of tan and cream. Unlike contemporary homes where grey is a dominant favourite, we will see more walnut and oak wood designs to make the homes warm and cozy in an elegant fashion. Multifunctional furniture and furnishings, handmade or upcycled decor are some of the highlights in a home that is minimalist.
Here is where the phrase ‘The more, the merrier’ will come to life. As the name suggests, a maximalist home is one that dares to go all out. Be prepared to see them go big on pattern and textures. Rich, dark tones, pop of colors, distinctive feature walls, geometrically patterned walls; layered rugs are some of the distinct hints of a maximalist home. Maximalist is not just a home decor idea; it is a lifestyle that reflects in your spaces too. The tricky part about a maximalist home is that it could possibly be overboard and can look overwhelming. As inclusive as a maximalist home can get, it is important to always be aware that you are not filling your space up with too much decor.
There are quite a lot of admirers of this theme. It is that theme which adds character, charm and soul to a modern life and modern living. You will see a lot of unfinished, unkempt looking furniture in such homes, which is so not because the budgets crashed, but because that is how a rustic home looks! Barely painted furniture, brick walls that appear to be left as is, reclaimed wood used somewhere is typically what a rustic home looks like. These homes are often seen in earthy warm tones, dominantly in browns and tan.
Modern homes that crave serenity and tranquility, this is what you’re looking for! Pastel design trending themes seem to have climbed the ladder of the most popular design this year faster than we expected. This theme revolves around having a dreamy, calm palette. Speaking of colors, anything that is in the lightest, powdered shade is what will work for pastel homes. Incorporate decor that is rather muted and neutral in order to be in tandem with the color.
There may be a thin line between contemporary and modern designs. But here is the subtle difference. In a modern looking home, the spaces are meant to be seen. Every room in a modern home needs to be efficient and functional. The space needs to exude a hint of luxe with its glossy furniture and reflective, fancy decor. Even the technology and appliances that are incorporated in these homes are ones that are updated.
Again, here is another one that is in congruence with rustic-styled designs. To define it, vintage is all about embracing heritage. Old fashioned, nostalgic, and repurposed are a few words that resonate with a vintage design. You will see a lot of antique and retro pieces, grandma’s cutlery, grandpa’s old chair, ornate chandeliers, vintage pendulum clocks, and embroidered upholstery in these homes.
This is a style that may seem to exist only in our family homes that are striving to keep their heritage and culture alive. A feature wall with local artwork, handicrafts, figures of deities, archaic color palette that looks like a spiritual place is what traditional homes would look like. There may be a lot of natural elements that we may see in homes that have a traditional design. Pictures with birds and animals, old age mortar and pestle, and simply designed rooms are what would define a traditional home.
Now that we have the most trending designs explained in detail here, it will help you decide which one for you is. In the end, this is a choice that is personal to each individual. If you still find yourself lost in the woods, seek help from an expert to help you sort your design and make a dreamy home for yourself.
Mahima Rawat works with the content team at Orientbell Tiles, where she creates interesting lifestyle pieces on home and interior design. She loves presenting options to her readers so they can make the right choices when it comes to their home interiors. Flooring and tiles are her favourite topics. Besides interior design, she also loves to travel, play badminton and listen to music.