With the pandemic forcing people to return home, many have found themselves investing more time, energy and money in their home space than ever before. Home design and decor sets the stage for where we live, which is why the Herald spoke to Grand Forks-based Sterling Carpet One about the top trends the company is seeing in the home. interior decoration.
Paula Anderson took over Sterling Carpet One of Grand Forks in 2009 and serves as the company’s president. Under his leadership, the company expanded into lighting, custom furniture, siding and windows. He also added a full-service design team to coordinate interior and exterior projects. One of the team, interior designer Tara Stallard, spoke to the Herald about the top five home design trends Sterling Carpet One is seeing among Grand Forks homeowners.
The aesthetic of minimalism seems to reign supreme for most. One of the biggest emerging trends Stallard mentioned was the growing sense that “less is more in today’s design world.” Stallard took note that many seem interested in a “cleaner, streamlined feel” in their home. She said people are looking for “less clutter, less decoration and less activity” in order to create a more serene living space.
Many aspects of these minimalist homes are marked by clarity and intentionality. It’s about taking a refined and purposeful approach to home decorating. The rise of Marie Kondo, a Japanese consultant and author, can also be traced to many mainstream ideas about minimalism. Many of his books on organization, such as “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” have become bestsellers and have encouraged many to take a second look at the items in their homes and decide whether to they are really needed. With spring cleaning right behind us, many have already taken this approach and started to simplify their home space.
People now have more material possessions than ever before, but many find the clutter overwhelming. The LA Times reported that the average American household owns about 300,000 items. A Huffington Post study also found that 84% of Americans say they worry about their home being unorganized, and 55% of respondents say it’s a major cause of stress. The push towards simplicity could then stem from people’s dissatisfaction with the materialism and overconsumption that dominate people’s lives.
When the pandemic forced people in, many people wanted ways to bring the outdoors in.
It was Stallard’s job to find those ways.
“Bringing the outdoors in is a familiar concept in design, but we’re seeing it stronger than ever lately,” Stallard said.
One method she mentioned was to include “light wood tones including natural walnut, natural walnut, etc.” Whether through flooring, cabinetry, or detailing, Stallard recommends these woods to help “bring a feeling of ‘one with nature’ to your space.”
Another addition Stallard recommended was stone or concrete tiles and countertops to “anchor the elements around them.” Playing on eco-brutalism designs, these stone accents provide a neutral base to tie the design together. It allows for a cohesive and natural backdrop for the rest of the space, while maintaining its earthy inspiration.
Continuing the trend of “bringing the outdoors in,” Stallard said there is growing interest in incorporating live plants into the home. One explanation: it sits at the crossroads of the aforementioned trends of minimalism and earthy aesthetics.
Stallard said “adding greenery to your interior space can bring it to life and bring a pop of color in a still semi-neutral way.” It’s also a trend that can easily be adopted around the house.
According to Stallard, the greenery works by “creating a real breath of fresh air” for the space — and it’s not wrong. Not only do these plants have aesthetic value, but studies have shown that they improve living conditions. NASA studies have even indicated that plants can be used to reduce levels of indoor pollutants. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology also found that houseplants helped reduce emotional and physical stress. It’s no wonder people use live plants as a natural, even healthy, addition to their homes.
Stallard again continued the trend of minimalism by discussing paint shades. She mentioned the owners’ emphasis on neutral colors.
Stallard recommends “off-whites, warm grays, and taupes” for those who want to keep their space “fresh and natural.” She also recommended subtle greens for those looking to add a pop of color but still want a natural look.
All of these shades provide an easy base from which to decorate further, another common trend Stallard has observed.
Stallard continued the latest trend that “with all natural looks as a base, it’s important to always express your individual style and taste.” She says that to compensate for more simplistic backgrounds, people are selecting bolder, more expressive artwork for their homes. While some opt for bright, bold colors to grab attention, Stallard noted that others choose more abstract or eye-catching shapes.
While many consider art a luxury, recent years have paved the way for increased accessibility to art.
Art has the ability to truly complement the design of a home. Art is incredibly versatile as a decorating medium, with the ability to be highly tailored to everyone’s unique tastes and preferences. Stallard mentions that one can see this individualization “through vibrant works of art, a bold set of vases from a voyage across the seas or an antique piece of furniture from your grandmother.”
There are many ways to incorporate art into your home in different ways and for all budgets.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The author of this article, Gabrielle Linder, is a freelance writer from Grand Forks.