What's Hot in Interior Design

The general public is always on the lookout for new interior design options, and they want a knowledgeable designer who can bring up-to-the minute ideas to the table. Interior design is all about staying current. Keeping up with the latest, hottest trends is what keeps an interior designer relevant - and in business.

Here is a look at the latest interior design trends

Recycling Pieces

The 21st century has brought environmental issues to the foreground, and the use of recycled pieces is becoming very trendy. Creative designers are taking old pieces and turning them into something new and different - such as taking an old sofa and making it into two chairs, or taking an old piece of wood and turning it into a trendy kitchen table.

Recycling itself is also hot in interior design. One of the newest trends involves taking old wallpaper and recycling it to make new pieces. Not only is this cheaper on the client, but this green project keeps old wallpaper and glue from getting lost in landfills.

Eclectic Antiques

A new trend in design is taking eclectic furniture pieces and antiques and letting them shine. There's an emphasis on antique pieces from the 1920s through the 1950s—as well as pieces made to look like the originals. The trend is leaning toward basic pieces that don't have a lot of decoration or accessories. The emphasis is on letting the furniture shine rather than the accessories. Mixing and matching pieces is very popular.

Open Spaces

The newest trend is going with the old motto that less is more. Interior designers are turning to wide empty spaces - which means higher ceilings, longer and wider rooms, and minimal furniture and decorations. Using smaller size furniture, but brighter fabrics and patterns, gives a nice overall look to a room without making it seem too large or out of proportion.


Black and white background colors, graphics, and designs are very trendy. Designers are using this palate on furniture, accessories, wallpaper, and even floors. These colors make accessories pop. Accessory shades of blue, green, and red are very hot and clients love the way their pillows, vases, and other accessories look when compared to a black and white background.


The popularity of metal is on the rise. Today's interior design trends are taking metal beyond the bathroom and kitchen and into the entire home. Stainless steel is turning up in living room, den, and bedroom furniture, while aluminum is popular in accessories like small decorative boxes, vases, frames, wall art, and more.

Trends come and trends go. Interior designers carefully follow the trends and they know what's new and popular - and what's on it's way out the door. However, successful interior designers understand that it's ultimately the client who determines what's hot and what's not.

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