Home design is a matter of taste, and trends. Let’s look at the long-standing trends and other emerging styles in the post-pandemic era.
Mid-Century Modern style experienced an extraordinarily popular resurgence over the last decade or more, but some interest may be waning in all-MCM spaces. Designers started warning that the look was fading as early as 2019, and definitely following the pandemic we’re seeing certain aspects wane and other trends emerge.
MCM refers to the period from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s. It has a nostalgic yet modern feel, and has something of a cult following. You may recognize the hallmarks of the mid-century style: spindle chairs, low-slung sofas, teak sideboards, bar carts.
Many home-dwellers still want to use mid-century accent pieces, but they’re not going for a 100%, all-vintage, mid-century “look” anymore. And of course, some say MCM isn’t a trend but a lifestyle.
The pandemic brought us up close and personal with all of our things, influences, and interests. Spaces had to serve multiple purposes. As a result, we’re seeing a growing interest in maximalism as opposed to the clean lines and open-plan spaces that characterize MCM design.
The opposite of Minimalism, Maximalism ushers in bold colors and mismatched, wacky objects and art. Vox calls it “overstuffed, garish, and glorious.”
The “Grandmillenial” look is exactly as it sounds. A kind of granny chic using all things old and feminine: wicker, chintz, needlepoint, florals, rattan. Materials tend to be scalloped, ruffled, or frilly.
If that makes you want to back away slowly, take heart that the style does edit a room to retain freshness rather than preciousness.
The Long 1980s
As we can see, all the post-pandemic aesthetics are trending toward warmer, more interesting pieces. Curves, florals, and pinks are everywhere, as are more chunky and poufy pieces.
While many aspects of 1980s design have long been considered done in objectively bad taste, innovative spirits are rooting out the best — and most outlandish — 1980s pieces to create a highly individualized and personal look and feel.
Those pioneers from the set of Designing Women would be proud.
If there’s one trend that experts agree on — it’s that they’re *so over* the all white designs. Design leaders say all-white rooms have been seriously “overplayed.” Perhaps that’s in part due to builder-grade materials and designs that feature white on white on white. Design industry leaders are saying “buh-bye” to whitewash and shiplap. There are other ways to achieve a clean yet warm and livable look.
However, if you love white, you do you, babe.
Which looks are you gravitating toward for this year and beyond? I’d love to know.