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Interior Design Trends From Marble to Cork

Andrew has been an online writer for around three years. His articles often focus on home repair and DIY projects.




Marble is sweeping through the design world (not just interior design, but graphic design, fashion, print art, etc.). In fact, marble texture has found its way into almost every major category of aesthetic design.

As far as interior design goes, we're going to start seeing a lot more of this material at every level of the industry. From small country home kitchens to large corporate office buildings in New York, this texture of sweeping dark accents in clean white stone will become the neutral backdrop for many years to come.

Whether you're designing with deep jewel tones or going with a more elegant flare of black and white and deep red, marble lends the perfect contrast. We're going to see a lot more of it in kitchens and bathrooms in particular, paired with brass fixtures and matte black appliances or cabinetry.


Brass Fixtures

The year 2017 marked the great brass revival in interior design. It became the new "must-have" metal in every home.

The industrial look of metal is nothing new. We've seen a lot of iron and copper piping used where clean stainless steel or even plastic will do.

Especially in retail stores, restaurants, and coffeeshops, we've seen the rise of edison-bulb lights hung from dark ceilings, bare of tiles, letting the piping show. We see iron and copper piping used as lampstands or curtain rods.

But now, we'll start to see many more brass fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens and adorning doors and windows.


Natural Getaways

We're starting to see a lot more rooms that can only be described as "natural getaways." Sometimes they're the living room, but often it's a separate room entirely. Almost like a greenhouse added on to the house. Lots of glass, lots of green.

Instead of the large home theater, decked out with all the latest technology, people are creating spaces in their homes, free from man-made lights gadgets, where they can relax in a natural atmosphere without leaving their homes.

We're bringing the outdoors in, with raw, natural materials like wood, stone, raffia, and plant-life. Shades of dark green is trending as well as nature-inspired wallpaper.

We're seeing the industrial trend of raw, sturdy, manufactured materials blended with elements of nature and. We're pulling back the veil on clean, white, stainless steel, sterile home decor, and going back to the dirt and the leaves and the hard metals.

The succulent mania will only get worse, and we'll see more and more houseplants. Every home depot across the nation has entire nurseries full of outdoor and indoor plants. We see a lot of large glass windows or even entire walls that are transparent as to reveal the greenery outside, and we see a lot of indoor lilies, succulents, and cacti.


Vintage Adventure

Following right behind this reversion back to the less sterile, fabricated home, vintage furniture and accessories are still here to stay for a while. We're seeing old suitcases, repurposed as coffee tables or old maps and frames being used as living room and office decor. Old statues, maps, tools, clothing, clocks, etc. The adventurist spirit will still be in for a while.

However, more recently, it's become less about the DIY trend of repurposing for the sake of conservative pricing, but rather it's more about the authenticity and the historicity of it. With all the new historically based TV shows and the vintage style that hit the fashion world in the last decade, no one's ready to let vintage leave the house anytime soon.

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Cork is a fun new material we'll start seeing more of. And we're not just talking about old wine corks used to decorate offices and kitchens with little DIY projects—we're going to see entire walls covered in it!

During the DIY revolution, people discovered it would be fun and adventurous to cover doors and small walls with chalkboard paint, turning them into something more than just boundaries that separate rooms.

Well, they've gotten a little braver. Now we're experimenting with new materials to cover walls and doors, and cork is the one that seems to have pulled out in front of the other experiments.



Tile has always been used, and always will be. There are so many different kinds of tile and mock tile with so many different materials and they're so affordable; there's really no reason tile will be leaving the home.

Yes, we're still seeing that classic white rectangle pattern along the back of kitchen stoves. However, the latest trend has become shapes. Hexagons and diamonds. Geometric pieces that go beyond squares and rectangles yet fit together perfectly.

We're seeing a lot of very hard-substance tile. Like the marble for example—we're seeing hexagon-shaped marble tiles lining walls, or parts of walls and even floors, especially in restaurants.


Open Living

Gone are the days of oversized furniture. Instead of filling rooms with extravagant furnishings or trying to make large spaces feel cozier, spatial trends in interior design is moving towards more open living situations. We see rooms with lots of space and a few, tasteful, minimalist furnishings to make everything look clean and open and uncrowded.

We are starting to see very large rooms, that contain a kitchen area, dining room, living room, and upstairs staircase, all together in the same space with supporting beams rather than separating walls. Especially in the larger cities, people are enjoying homes that are more like giant lofts or warehouses that were converted into living spaces than carefully planned-out architectural puzzles.

Wide rooms and high ceilings with large windows to make the space as big as possible are architectural patterns that we'll see a lot more of this year. More glass, more ceiling, more room.



Uniqueness. The great irony of modern interior design, is that no one wants their home to simply look "in" or "fashionable" or "trendy."

People are becoming far less concerned with their homes looking rich and up-to-date, and more with it being unique and reflective of their owners.

Instead of homes being a front that is there to tell visitors that the owner is "just like everyone else," they're designed to be an extension of the owners personality, and show visitors "just who they are." It's not as if humanity is getting any less vain or self-conscious, it has simple become popular to be different. Difference is becoming celebrated, rather than scorned, and people have begun to adopt this concept in their homes.

We're going to start seeing a lot of themed rooms and quirky architectural designs, with odd placements and unique colors and center-piece items.


Smart Home Features

It doesn't matter how vintage, naturalist, or unique the design trends in our homes are moving, America is getting smarter and so are our homes.

Because of the major technological advancements over the past few years, made by companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple, we're starting to see smart-home features available at much more affordable pricing, so we're going to see them cropping up in more frequency.

Most home-owners can now afford a smart home climate system, where the temperature in each room can be controlled remotely from a smart phone or tablet. Sprinkler systems that are monitored from smart devices, as well as security systems that will text you an alert when something is off in your home.

Everything from locks to lighting can be controlled completely from a phone or even a watch, without the owner even being in the same country.

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