Interior designer Bennett Leifer agrees, and often helps clients in New York City apartments create a proper mudroom.
“Matte is having a moment right now,” says Donna Garlough, Joss & Main’s style director. “Especially in white, black, chalky grays and pastels. It works because accents and lighting in a matte finish pair so naturally with some of the furniture trends we’re seeing.”
Then there’s the reclaimed wood wave, popularized by celebrity renovators Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Uppers” series. The couple frequently uses rough-hewn boards from old barns and farmhouses. Fans of their Waco, Texas, store Magnolia Market can buy T-shirts hash-tagged “shiplap.”
“I love using Lucite bar stools for spaces where the front of the bar is also a design feature,” she says.
“It makes perfect sense, style-wise,” says New York City designer Elaine Griffin. “We began seeing the rise of black appliances as sleek and stylish non-white alternatives to pricier stainless options at the new millennium, and black as the ‘new neutral’ wall color has been gaining popularity over the past decade.”
“The serenity of these colors provides a sense of calm to balance hectic lifestyles,” she says. “They celebrate natural materials as well as honed, soft and sheer finishes. These colors lend themselves well to both luxurious spaces and casual retreats. ”
“For me, quintessential ‘California Style’ is laidback, hip and happy. Our gorgeous natural light is the star, and we support it with breezy fabrics, natural textures and a relaxed vibe,” says Kim Myles, Los Angeles-based winner of HGTV’s “Design Star.”