Hot Home Décor Trends

By Shayna Mace | Styling and Photography by Shanna Wolf

Laurie Lodholz, owner and president of Laurie Driscoll Interiors, assembled this mood board for a main bathroom that has
a “…traditional and elegant [look] … it’s a little unexpected with a whimsical feel,” she says.

Clockwise from top:

  • Kravet Performance Velvet in Chessford Berry, $119/yd.
  • Marazzi Castellina stone and metal Harlequin tile, $80/sq. ft.
  • Emser Tile in Sterlina White, $6/sq. ft., both from Nonn’s
  • Taj Mahal suede finish countertop, The Granite Shop
  • Lee Jofa Kalla fabric, $496/yd.
  • Thibaut Design Norway embroidered trim in Ocean, $140/yd.
  • Plato Woodwork, Inc. Essential White cabinet, Kitchen Ideas Center
  • Thibaut Design Rimba wallpaper in Spring, $134/roll
  • Top Knobs Sanctuary II Modern Metro Plus cabinet hardware, $9.27 each, Hardware Studio
  • Kravet Basics 35454-73 fabric, $169/yd.
  • Samuel & Sons Astrid Collection mini cord trim in Tea Rose

(Items upon request through Laurie Driscoll Interiors unless noted.)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Laurie Lodholz has owned Laurie Driscoll Interiors for 36 years, so she knows a thing or two about designing beautiful spaces. She shares three trends she’s loving right now.

A RETURN TO NATURAL

For years, painted cabinetry and trim was the norm in kitchens, bathrooms and elsewhere. Think: white trim or cream kitchen cabinets. Now, Lodholz is seeing a return to natural woods — specifically, white oak.

“Many people have oak in their homes with orange and yellow tones. [But] white oak can have a slightly brown or gray tone, which is really popular,” says Lodholz.

COLOR CUES

Lodholz explains that interior color palettes are moving away from heavily saturated tones to softer, less intense hues. Instead of a deep green, Lodholz might use Sherwin-Williams’ Dried Thyme, a grayed-out dark green.

Another favorite is Farrow & Ball’s Potted Shrimp, a soft flesh-tone neutral. She likes to use soft shades like these as substitutes for neutrals — instead of “builder-grade” gray, beige or taupe walls.

In general, Lodholz says “graying out” a saturated tone takes the color down a notch, which is popular in interiors right now.

“I’m not saying every color should be gray — we’re reducing the intensity. When you add gray to a shade, it becomes more of a neutral. When you add white (if you’re mixing colors) you get pastel. So gray makes [a color] softer.”

LET THERE BE LIGHT

“Light fixtures are the jewels of the home,” explains Lodholz. “If you’re doing a remodel or building a new home, interior and exterior light fixtures are just so prominent.”

Lodholz says you can spend $5,000 on a light fixture if you really want to — but you don’t have to — because there are so many affordable options these days. She likes to shop at Madison Lighting and Luce Lighting out of Milwaukee for clients.

SHOP THE LOOK

Complete the vision with these décor items, hand-picked by Lodholz.

Left to right:

  • Regina Andrews Charlotte semi-flush mount fixture, $563 *
  • Kate Spade New York Ellery Gros-Grain Bow small sconce, $519, visualcomfort.com
  • Pigeon and Poodle Callas collection bath accessories in gold/white, price upon request, madegoods.com

*Ceiling fixture and bath accessories only available through an interior designer.

 

 

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