Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Designers predicted a move away from all-white and neutral color schemes and toward more color everywhere in the home. From paint to colored tile to bright textiles and wallpaper, the trend is colorful.
My take: TRUE
Those watching the design industry tell us that although the modern farmhouse wall look–with its signature shiplap–is not quite DOA, it is definitely being replaced by accent wall of other kinds (read more here), including picture frame molding, board and batten, and wallpaper.
My vote: TRUE
Those in the know say that while we may not need full home classrooms as in the pandemic, parents still would like a quiet place for kids to plug in and use wifi to complete their homework.
I say: TRUE
If my clients don’t have space for an entire separate homework room, they at least request a homework station away from the hubbub of family life for the kids to work on school assignments.
After all the craziness of the last couple years, designers forecasted a surge in “quiet, thoughtful” rooms designated for calming meditation.
My view: FALSE
Maybe in really high end homes this would be true, but most people don’t have the space or desire to dedicate a entire room for meditation. More likely on most folks’ wish list is a home gym, which is pretty simple to make happen. Then when the room is needed for something else, presto!
And finally, the word you’ve been waiting for on….
Designers have forecasted the demise of the open concept kitchen/family room that accommodates cooking, living, and entertaining in one big happy mix. This is because the pandemic apparently forced us all together and now we are wanting our separate spaces.
Word on the street: FALSE
ALL of my clients still want bright and airy kitchens that open into other living spaces. And especially if the design includes taking out walls and building a big island.
Sorry, forecasters, I’m not seeing this one.
What about you? Designers also predict, among other things, less minimalism and farmhouse decor, more organic and nature-inspired interiors, and even less black hardware. How do you vote? Share with me on social media!
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