After a great meeting with the team at Iowa Stone Supply, LWD was informed of Home Show Expo in Des Moines. After a great review from ISS, our interests were piqued. So, a week later we headed west, as so many Americans have before us, in search of adventur(ous design). The pun couldn’t be helped, but I think that will be the last one.

Consider this: design is subjective, and there aren’t necessarily right or wrong answers. There are obvious faux pas, but ultimately, what “looks good” only matters to the inhabitants of the space. Trends are guidelines, and not rules to live by. Design, and for that matter, society, is fluid. All of this is not to say that trends are irrelevant, because they certainly are not. Trends are indicative of who we are in culturally, socially, or emotionally as a society, at any given time.

We noticed that in almost every interior, there was a high degree of contrast between crisp whites and darker tones, or even black. This is a noticeable departure from the greys we have been seeing for the past several years. Light, raw hardwood finishes on the floors meet crisp white walls, and black window trim. Contrast can either create drama in a space, or it can add a classic element, depending on the rest of the design.

Another trend- lines, lines, lines. Between strong sightlines and even the resurgence of multi-levels, we saw major emphasis on either horizontal or vertical lines, bringing tranquility or strength respectively. So often, design gets boiled down to color or pattern. However, we saw a tendency toward playing with the ceiling height and slope, the geometry of the windows, and the continuation of floor finishes onto the walls.

There was a healthy mix of classic and modern within each home. Even on the more traditional end of the spectrum, we saw a reimagining maximalist for a broader audience. Namely, we saw highly customized spaces with immaculate attention to detail. Every aspect of a design should be considered, because spaces are inductive and holistic, not fragmented. The intricacy commonly attributed to traditional design has begun trickle down into other design aesthetics.

Speaking of modern interiors, we saw warmth in the palette! For too long now, the cold, sterile, and aloof reigned as what we considered to be a “modern” interior. No longer. By mixing metals, including lots of woods, and carefully mixing in lovely saturated colors, we see a shift to a modern space that’s actually livable. Thus, the common misconception that they are cold concrete, metal and glass fortresses was shattered. Okay, THAT will be the last pun.

Keep in mind, there are endless debates about the nuances trends, and there isn’t a determined right or wrong. Just like the design, it’s fluid.

Keep curating, keep designing,
The LWD Team