Instead of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the pandemic became the biggest influencer on interior design trends that no one asked for. We do, after all, need a sanctuary to have the comfort we can’t find anywhere else right now—except in our own space. So, as we spend more time in our homes, redecorating is now suddenly everyone’s master class.
Revamping our homes is a blissful habit we learned, most probably, because of the need to calm our senses. And so, as I do my pretentious ritual of drinking any gluten-free drink every night in an attempt to fit in my newest activewear, it has become a habitual guilty pleasure as well to find any chic Netflix movie to keep my vibe up.
Here are my most fave interior trends, inspired by my favorite Netflix shows:
Refurbishing and Repurposing
One of my inspirations includes The Girls from Ipanema—a Netflix original in a 1950s Brazilian setup filled with good bossa music and a beautiful mid-century interior style.
The overall chic mood of this show explains the impulsive Missoni skirt added to this farfetched circa 2020 drama. Recreating a mid-century look is one of my fave interior notes since it puts emphasis on function and comfortability— qualities we need all year round.
Overhauling is very popular now, too, since fluffy and commanding big chairs are making a good comeback. According to the article, The Future of Design is Chubby, from The Strategist column in the New York Magazine, “there is anxiety about what the future holds, so having this cute, adorable anthropomorphic furniture in our homes gives us a sense of comfort. In times of economic and political turmoil, people turn to cute.”
The obvious increase in antique buying indicates one of the popular interior trends this year: vintage. Since people are now conscious to live with sustainability, second-hand buying has become more appealing for people who want to invest in things that last longer.
Everyone is suddenly into functionality and durability. Antique furniture pieces are quality pieces that are good investments and they can also be a nice heirloom to pass down in the future. Just like Lady Whisteldown’s scandalous gazette in the wildly popular Netflix and Shonda Rhimes original, let that Wedgwood pottery vase do the talking in your foyer.
As people are now leaning towards a more traditional approach when it comes to interior decor, they have discovered the power of antiquated pieces for interior design. Plus, it is accepted that a good number of today’s younger generation are living on their own, and a part of their furniture selection is directed towards familiarity from family or comfort in second-hand items. Vintage furniture can also add harmony with your classic accessories and can be mixed perfectly with new elements to create that nostalgia feel without being outdated.
Wallpapers and Patterns
We can take a cue from the “grandmillennial” style, which is on top of my list of favorite trends this year. Coined from the words ‘Grand’ (parents) and ‘Millennial,, it’s like the Dior S/S ’21 French Toile de Jouy pattern and the classic pastoral French lush tropical prints—traditional yet very distinct to be savvy. This reminds me to finally give an ode to their tita book tote—something granny, but both hype and dope.
This trend has been my little black dress (LBD) when it comes to decorating, especially since chinoiserie is enlisted from its vocabulary. And when I say chinoiserie, crazy rich Asian is a sure on-point manifestation. I always imagine making dim sum with the svelte Michelle Yeoh whenever I needed to practice making Chinese buns for my 6-year-old son.
Getting invited to her beautiful mansion, seeing the luscious wallpaper prints, potting that Tan Hua flower, and waiting for it to bloom with Amah…well if you still don’t get it, watch the show to understand my fascination.
Being in the “Age of Anxiety,” taking care of your mind and body is a non-negotiable. Part of calibrating our goal to achieve healing in this time of pandemic is incorporating the concept of Biophilia into our homes. According to the Webster Merriam Dictionary, it is a “hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature: a desire or tendency to commune with nature”. It is simply wellness interpreted through architectural or interior design—bringing the outdoor inside, having more light and air, incorporating natural elements to satisfy our senses.
Surely, as inviting as it sounds, this trend is just exactly what we need to bring back our pizzaz.
What’s not to like about the show Bling Empire? Inarguably, it is a guilty pleasure. One of my favorite characters on the Netflix reality show is Ana Shay, who owns a lavish mansion—culturing full meditation and a retreat to anyone’s eyes. With its airy large windows showcasing the greenery outside and a beautiful geometric wood parquet flooring that creates a connection to every part of the house, the desire to achieve this style is prominent in our country because of its luxe tropical vibe.
Mixing natural wood elements and monochrome hues will definitely give that hotel-ish vibe we’re missing from our travels before—especially by bringing the outdoor inside and incorporating ample lighting to enhance natural light. Less is definitely more for this trend. Style that little window of your apartment, dazzle it with a nice curtain and have picturesque scenery outside. Not only that you can enjoy your newfound solace, but it will also definitely save a lot from your next electric bill.
Talk about saving Mother Nature, woman.
Happy Colors Everywhere
Continuing the trend of optimistic and bright colors from 2020 to 2021—to encourage happy hormones—is perhaps one sure trend that ticks the boxes of what we need after all the craziness outside. Bringing vibrance to your home is something to look forward to at the end of the day. Just like what Carrie Bradshaw did after the “the Big breakup” (pun intended), her blue apartment agrees with her thoughts of bringing back the Manolos.
I’ve been a forever fangirl of Sarah Jessica Parker and her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw. In fact, my love for fashion started with her. I even copied all the outfits from seasons 1 to 6—down to the “Carrie nameplate necklace” she goes with. I mean what’s wrong with you if you don’t know Carrie?
When the movie came out, the only distraction I had from keeping tabs on all her clothes is the way that her new apartment looked after it was redecorated. The stunning bright blue walls evidently exuded the whole New York contemporary feel. Similarly, you too can transform your own place by painting it with a color that can inspire you.
In doubt on which color to choose? Pick the wildest color from your wardrobe, since this will define your aesthetic. Plus, you can never go wrong with your sense of style. Navigate your senses and be bold enough to change that nude wall to reignite that spark in your home.
As we spend more time in our homes, we focus on things that really matter. We fancy those objects that inspire, kitchen wall paint that nourishes your soul, a couch soft enough to bring comfort, and a place to be normal. And as I wait for the next season of Bridgerton—with great enthusiasm to see the Duke of Hastings—I couldn’t help but wonder: whats is it like to have a grand home with all your stylish things around, but not having your second round of margarita on the rocks?
I love decorating in the way I would dress myself; inspired, chic, and all-around me. I live to be a living work of art. Looking at art is supposed to move you, inspire you, and change you—the same goes for your own space.
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