The Year's Best Interior Trends

It was a good year for interiors. Always avoiding being categorized, our eyes were drawn to a mashup of diverse looks and styles. From the dark, culty look of Neo Modern to the colourful worn textiles of the New Southwest, and the calming palette of Gustavian Romance, we found ourselves drawn to a multitude of time periods, textures, and materials. We honed in on the trends that were really speaking to us and continually offering fresh inspiration, and are recapping them for your viewing pleasure.


We love the sense of adventure, travel, and humour this style injects into a space. Creatively displayed collections, vintage finds, and contrasting textures lend a layered and relaxed vibe to any abode. In other words: it's not for the perfectionist. Frayed edges, watermarks, and patinated metals do well in these rooms.

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Patchwork Kilim Rug, $599, The Loaded Trunk Glass Domes, $16 -$200, Evolution Bender Floor Lamp, $822, Royal Design


Characterised by a darker palette punctuated with neon and a mix of materials, this edgy style nods to midcentury modern, but also references the future with sleek shapes, surrealist elements, and geometric forms.

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Agnes Candelabra, $3000, Matter Untitled #7 by Jeremy Gesualdo, from $60, Eye Buy Art Fornasetti Appetizer Set, $240, Barney's New York


An updated take on a classic desert-inspired look, the key here is "new." Howling wolves and potted cacti take a backseat to updated iconography and fresh takes on traditional colour schemes. Neons, succulents, and sleek lines combine to offer a stylish and upscale interpretation of one of this country's defining interior styles.

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Pink Flamingo Rug, from $120, Lulu & Georgia Arrows, $95, Fredericks & Mae Southwest Contemporary Sham, $86, Pendleton


More is most definitely more here. From bold, saturated colours (don't stop at just one) to statement lighting and the most luxurious materials, this style is all about opulence in its most literal form. Oversized furniture and gilded finishes mingle with marble and gemstones to host a party for the senses.

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Cool Marble Pillow, $56, Zazzle Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair, Price Upon Request, 1stdibs Bolo Coffee Table, $358, Pure Home


Sophisticated and understated, but far from boring, it's actually easy to embrace the dark side of the all-black trend without ending up with a cave-like dwelling. The key is using a mix of textures, and paying attention to lines and shapes to provide visual interest in this mainly monochromatic look. Inject small doses of contrast with bold brass finishes and a restrained use of white.

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Stelton Time Clock, $139, Horne Eidolon Pendant, $560, Metropolitan Decor Portrait Black Platter, $35, CB2


The chicest way to mix styles and time periods, this trend hones in on the elaborate ornamentation of classic French architecture and updates the look with flashes of polished metals, sleek furnishings, and statement chandeliers. White walls and detailed mouldings contrast with unexpected, modern elements to bring out the best in both.

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 Chelsea House Ornate Framed Mirror, $412, Capitol Lighting  Murphy Sofa, $1399, Room & Board Parker Chandelier, Price Upon Request, Matthew Studios


A style rooted in the 18th century, but fully at home in today's interior world, the pale softness of this Swedish-inspired look is a fresh take on shabby chic. Carved woods, nubby linens, and romantic lighting provide a sophisticated and serene environment. Avoid a total time-warp with a sprinkling of darker woods and clean lines.

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Gustavian Grey Dining Table, $1574, Kathy Kuo Home Capital Pillow, $36, Zara Home Zentique Louis Settee, $1582, Amazon

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