10 Home Decorating Trends


When I see some repeating interior design trends while working with my clients, I begin to take notice. In my interior design practice, I work with clients in a wide range of lifestyles, locale and age. But strong home decorating trends transcend client profile. Here are a few trends worth a look.

LIGHTING IS BIG. Chandeliers are everywhere. Not just over a dining table but over the bed, in the master bathroom, a walk-in closet and the kitchen. There are pendants in multiples of odd numbers like 3, 5, 7 and the heights are staggered. There are even various sizes and different shapes in the same fixture grouping.

WALLCOVERING: GRASSCLOTH OR FAUX GRASSCLOTH. Texture is taking over walls. The classic texture of grasscloth is the ideal background for a picture gallery and artwork.

WOOD PANELING RETURNS. But never like your suburban basement variety. Check out the patterns, designs and styles of wood veneers. A good source for ideas is Houzz.

RECLINERS. Yes, I said recliners. Not old-school style. New recliners are designed to not look like a recliner but an up-to-date lounge chair. And the variety of styles and fabric is unlimited to coordinate with any décor.

HOME OFFICE. One of the biggest changes is there’s not always a need for the space required by a former home office. Living in a paperless society and using smaller laptop equipment, a lounge chair with side table may suffice the home office needs of even the busiest of executives.

HARD SURFACE FLOOR OPTIONS. The development of porcelain tiles in rectangular shapes and texture to look like wood or stone gives more options to use these not only in the kitchen but living room, dining area and even the bedroom.

WHITE KITCHEN APPLIANCES. Always a great option with white kitchen cabinets but looks new with brown espresso wood or light natural wood cabinets too.

WHITE WALLS. The light, crisp, neutral background of white walls is always a perfect background for any color scheme.

COLOR POP. Trailing along the white walls theme, color pops in a room décor can be important. Even with a neutral or tone-on-tone color scheme, remember the necessary accessories to layer your color scheme by using artwork, throw pillows, area rugs, vases.

PATTERN. Modern, updated geometric and organic shapes are being used for drapery, slipcovers, bedding, pillows and area rugs.


About Karen Carpino

Karen Carpino is an interior designer and founder of Chicago-based Karen Carpino Design. A professionally registered interior designer with over 25 years of experience, Ms. Carpino's clientele includes both residential and commercial projects. She brings you techniques, trends and tips in “Style At Home.”