What is “New Nordic” Interior Design

Scandinavian decor is, without a doubt, one of the top decor styles at the moment. This style originated as a way to make Nordic homes feel bright and clean during dark winter days, but has now gained popularity in regions that see sun all year round. Now, as homeowners and designers begin to shift away from minimalism, a new twist on this design has emerged. Read on to learn how you can incorporate “New Nordic” style in your home.

One element of traditional Scandinavian home decor that is still used frequently in New Nordic design is raw, bleached hardwood or wood-look floors. The effect is bright and clean, and neutral enough for you to experiment with a wide range of colors (and even other decor styles as your preferences evolve).

In an effort to add a more personal touch to their decorating, designers are focused more on decluttering and opening up a space, rather than recreating the typical minimalist look of Scandinavian decor. You can do this in your own home by being selective in the accessories you choose for the room, whether it’s a few thoughtfully placed family heirlooms or trinkets, or a piece of art that you love.

One noticeable difference between “New Nordic” design and traditional Scandinavian design is the frequent use of color. While white is often the dominant color in Scandinavian design – and still heavily featured in this newer twist – bolder hues are also being used to liven up and add personality to a room. Pops of color, like red or blue, add dimension and keep the space from feeling flat.

Bold colors aren’t the only way to add dimension in a New Nordic design. Have fun with your home’s decor by mixing different subtle patterns and textures. Classic hardwood floors alongside more modern materials, like these clear acrylic chairs, gives this kitchen nook a contemporary look and creates the illusion of a more open space.

Comfort is key with New Nordic design. Plush, wall-to-wall carpet is guaranteed to warm up a room where traditional hardwood may have been featured. For extra comfort, consider adding soft textiles, like faux sheepskin or a cozy throw blanket, in unexpected places – like the kitchen or dining room.

Do you prefer New Nordic or Scandinavian design?

Maximalism in Home Decor

Minimalism has been hugely popular in the home when it comes to both design and organization. It’s long been touted that “less is more,” but when it comes to your décor, maximalism is giving minimalism a run for its money.

Maximalism focuses on incorporating unique colors, bold patterns, and all kinds of textures to create an over the top look. You might confuse this with eclectic style; however eclectic involves mixing styles, such as traditional, rustic, and modern all in one room.

When it comes to designing, there are no rules. Go ahead and mix any textures with any fabrics and patterns. However, we find that maximalism looks best if there is color coordination with your pieces. It’s important to connect the dots with your design.

Not sure where to start? Don’t be afraid to start small with this trend by adding unique lamps, colorful cushions and pillows, curated décor, and furniture with different textures. In time you can bring more colors and patterns to your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Maximalism is the perfect storyboard to share your life experiences. Are you known for wearing bright pink? Douse your room in the color. Always wearing cheetah print? Choose artifacts, an ottoman, or wallpaper in this print.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to rely on color in order to maximalize your space. If neutral tones are your style, then place the emphasis on mixing design styles of furniture, texture, patterns, and materials. Think wood with metals, contemporary with mid-century modern, velvet with fringe.

Have fun and personalize your space.

Our Top 2019 Bathroom Trends

This year the bathroom is getting a big makeover, as a handful of trends will be taking over this small, yet powerful room in your home. If your bathroom is in need of a refresh, follow along for the trends that we want to see in your bathroom this year!

Drama in a small space is a look that we love, and statement wallpaper in the bathroom will do just that. To make an impact, think bright, saturated colors and bold wallpapers. Have fun in this space; it’ll make it easier to wake up!

White and grey marble or marble-look quartz and porcelain will also be top materials for bathroom surfaces. This will give your bathroom a timeless look that is great for both a traditional or modern space.

You’ll also see an uptick in open-concept designs in the bathroom, allowing more natural light to shine through and more space to move around while you get ready for the day.

Bathrooms with a spa-like look and feel will also be popular this year, as more people want their bathroom to feel like a retreat so that they can relax and unwind from the day.

What trends are you looking forward to incorporating into your bathroom design?

The Popularity of Backsplashes in the Kitchen and Bathrooms

With the kitchen being a main focal point in the home, and the bathroom becoming a place to retreat for a relaxing, spa-like getaway, we are seeing people opt for these rooms to boast more personality, thanks in part to patterned backsplashes. Not just popular in the kitchen, we are seeing more backsplashes being incorporated in bathroom design as well, ranging from the sink to the shower.

A backsplash typically covers the area of the wall between the countertops and cabinets, protecting your walls from water damage resulting from accidental splashes. While its main purpose is functionality, more people are now choosing to add a backsplash solely for the design purpose, with its functionality being an added perk.

No matter what your style preference or color palette of your kitchen or bathrooms, there is sure to be a backsplash that will fit perfectly in your rooms overall design. From subway tiles and geometric shapes, to multi-colored tiles and solid colors, your options are endless.

A backsplash truly is the perfect backdrop for adding both color and texture to your space. If you’re looking to make a statement and add instant visual interest, a backsplash could very well be your best route. Not only that, but a backsplash is a great way to express yourself.

How are you decorating with backsplashes?

Crown-Molding and Wainscoting in Your Home

Crown-molding and wainscoting are classic décor staples that never go out of style. These design features can be integrated in almost any home, no matter your style. By bringing visual interest to your walls and ceiling, you can add a rich and elegant statement and really pull your space together.

Crown-molding is commonly used to highlight where your walls meet your ceiling, and draws your eye upward, creating the idea of more space, while also adding texture, character, and style. There are a variety of style options available to you, which means that the crown-molding in a traditional home will most likely be different than what you’ll see in a rustic home.

Wainscoting, on the other hand, is a decorative accent used on the lower portion of your walls. Originally used for additional insulation, it is now used as a means to add visual interest to your walls. Again, depending on your style, wainscoting can be as high as you want it to go. Entryways and staircases benefit greatly, as those spaces can sometimes lack fine detail, but you can really incorporate this into any room.

What’s your stance on crown-molding and wainscoting? Yes or no?

Diagonal Flooring Creates a Classic Statement

If you’re looking for a unique way to add contrast and texture to your floors without doing anything too drastic, consider diagonal flooring for your next flooring project. By simply changing the layout of your floors, you can completely revamp the look and feel of your room.

Diagonal floors are a great choice for someone who wants a bold statement in their home and one that will make their floors pop. A diagonal layout gives a modern touch to your home and can give it more of an upscale look than a traditional straight layout. This simple and sleek look adds visual interest to any space without having to commit to a pattern such as herringbone or chevron.

Diagonal flooring can be incorporated in any room where a hard surface is used, such as the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. From diagonal hardwood floors in your living room, to diagonal black and white tile in your bathroom, this is a look that won’t go out of style anytime soon.

Would you add diagonal flooring to your home?

Incorporating Fall Trends Into Your Home Decor

With the change of seasons comes the perfect opportunity to change up your home décor style. This fall bring some outdoor elements inside with everything from wreaths and darker color palettes, to oversized throws and other essentials. We’ll give you all the necessities to create the perfect fall oasis filled with comfort, style, and creativity.

Using the elements of nature as your inspiration, transform your home into a place of comfort and style. Fall colors can make your living spaces pop while delivering an overall sense of comfort. Remember to make changes as necessary, not all spaces or areas are meant to be changed seasonally.

Fall Wreaths

Welcome your guests into your home this fall with a beautiful wreath. You can take your wreath to the next level using dried branches, leaves, apples, succulents, corn husks, small pumpkins or any other fall décor. Deck out the front door, an empty nook, windows or a bare wall with a festive autumnal wreath.

Bring Outdoor Elements Inside

Add some fall flair to any living space by adding hints of outdoor elements. Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon outside looking for the perfect leaves and branches and then style them to fit in a simple vase. Strategically implement these outdoor elements to accessorize the living room, bedroom, kitchen or other rooms you see are the best fit.

Oversized Throws

Retreat to your couch this fall where that warm and fuzzy throw awaits. A throw will give your couch that style you’ve been looking for while keeping you warm in that fall weather. Find a throw that compliments the room, furniture, and paint whether it’s in your living room, bedroom, or a reading nook.

Darker Color Palette

As we move from warm summer weather to cooler fall and winter weather, we see a shift in color. A darker color palette will give your living space a sense of warmth, comfort and nostalgia during those colder months. Incorporating the current and popular colors of 2018 like purple, plum, burgundy, rich emerald and mustard can make your living spaces look cohesive.

What trend will you incorporate this fall?