Ready to bring a fresh look to your home? Suburban Life Magazine’s Elizabeth Harmon took some time to chat with Kristin Petro, owner of Kristin Petro Interiors Inc. in Elmhurst, about spring’s hottest design trends.
Elizabeth Harmon: What will be the most popular colors for 2014?
Kristin Petro: Moving into spring, the trends are for more corals and turquoise, but not the bright shades we’ve been seeing. These are deeper, more intense colors.
Harmon: What hard materials promise to be popular for furniture and surfaces?
Petro: Limestone, both natural and man-made, that has a soft milky look. We’re also seeing a trend toward wood countertops, especially walnut. It’s very durable, even around sinks and cooktops. Granite can be cold, but wood warms things up, and looks especially nice with white cabinets.
Harmon: What are the trends for fabrics?
Petro: Ikat patterns, which are global-inspired looks that have almost an African motif are popular for rugs and upholstery. It’s been around for a while, but still very much a go-to pattern. Geometrics, such as stripes and diamonds, are all nice accents that work well with softer solids. What’s also in style is mixed patterns and textures, such as dull or nubby fabrics with something with a high sheen. It gives a pretty, layered look with lots of interest.
Harmon: What looks and colors have run their course?
Petro: We’re seeing less of the chocolate brown and turquoise combination that used to be everywhere. Now, it’s more blues are now combined with taupe or gold. When dark brown is used it’s paired with neutrals for less of a contrast. What’s also less in style is mixed patterns, like geometrics with florals. In fact, don’t do much with florals at all.
Harmon: Design often recycles looks from the past. Is there a decade that’s especially trendy right now and how does this influence home décor?
Petro: The very clean lines of the 1960s mid-century modern look is still driving a lot of design. You look at pictures of rooms from the 1960s and the mid-century modern look is still current. There’s also interest in Art Deco and 1940s-inspired styles
Harmon: When considering new design, what are two of the most important considerations?
Petro: It can be overwhelming to think of redoing an entire house, so try doing something bold in one area, such as the entryway, or a blank wall that’s not being used. It’s a way to have a lot of impact without spending a lot of money.
Harmon: If a client could make one big change to their home, what should it be?
Petro: Change up the arrangement of furniture or even the function of a room. Focus on space planning, appropriate scale, efficient layout, and creating nice spaces. A pretty new coat of paint won’t do anything in a poorly-planned space. Some customers start by saying they want all new furniture, but just changing things around might be all that’s needed for them to be happy with what they have.
Harmon: How do you achieve continuity between newly decorated rooms and the rest of your home?
Petro: Colors or finishes are easy to transfer from room to room without spending a fortune. Take a swatch of fabric from the upholstery in your new room and use it when you shop for accessories for the old room.