6 home design trends that are here to stay

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Home Design Trends: A Dramatic Living Room by Designer Ashley Mizell / Photography by Jason Varney

Every year, a new batch of home design trends emerge, providing a constant stream of inspiring yet immersive style. To help you cut through the noise, we’ve identified six modern looks that are here to stay, from bold dark colors to statement kitchens.

1. The new neutrals

Forget the stark, sterile eggs. A palette of rich, earthy tones mixed with warm woods and natural textures is a soft and sophisticated style.

“Texture is a key part of making a neutral space feel layered. Think pleated lampshades, furniture in mixed materials, and floor coverings. I love mohair, natural linens, and antiques,” says Madeline House, founder of Northwest Philly, based in Northwest Philadelphia. Madeline Interior Decoration.

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Photography by Brian Wetzel

Shown above, Bryn Mawr Remote studio It has layers of cream bedroom essentials, including a custom woven fabric bed, rope-wrapped hanging balls from Cuff Studio, and linen curtains.

Photography by Jason Varney

In Wilmington Tudor, a Rittenhouse-based designer Ashley Mizell Dining room coved – ceiling included! – In a dark linen wallcovering by Philip Jeffries.

And for the Andorra living room, Madeline Interior Decoration She acquired an eclectic mix of furnishings, including a mid-century French lamp, an early 1900s birthing bench, and a hand-knotted wool rug:

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Photography by Brian Wetzel

Notice the subtle direction of the home’s design: A blend of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, the “Japanese” style—it emphasizes organic forms and simplicity—is a new way to embrace minimalism.


2. Statement Stone

Designers deploy stunning palettes with dramatic veining and stunning swirls of color for a stunning effect.

In the Moorestown kitchen of Christina Boschetti, co-founder of Weddell + BoschettiBlue Rome quartzite forms the island and sweeps the walls.

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Photography by Brian Wetzel

“If the kitchen is too bold, use an accent stone in the powder room. Often, we design custom integrated sinks to blend with bold wallpaper and fixtures,” says Boschetti.


3. Dramatic dining rooms

The dining rooms take center stage, filled with sweeping murals, topped with next-level lighting, and highlighted by funky architectural details.

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Photography by James Nathan Schroeder

In the Rittenhouse dining room (above)Designed by local companies Melissa + Miller Interiors And Jagger projectsCustom mirrored cabinets and a graphic rug add a playful feel to an opulent space.

Photo by Courtney Apple

Philly based Design statement She transformed the Bala Cynwyd space with a hand-painted custom mural and clever nods to tradition: high-backed Windsor chairs, a rich wood table, and a simple iron chandelier.

Photography by Brian Wetzel

a Remote studioThis Haverford-designed dining room exudes understated drama with an Apparatus light fixture, a Cotswolds-inspired wall mural by Susan Harter Muralpapers, and antique chairs upholstered in rich velvet.


4. Moody colors

After years of grey, darker colors—deep eggplant, rich forest green, and deep blue black—give walls a new look.

“When using dark colors, I like to paint all elements of the room, including the ceiling and decor. It’s also important to still have light elements in the space, like window treatments or furniture,” says Brittany Hakimfar, founder of Far Studio.

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Photography by Brian Wetzel

This living room from Far Studio is washed floor-to-ceiling in Sherwin-Williams’ Iron Ore, so that the artistic furnishings shine: sculptural side chairs, a bouclé ottoman, a curvy sofa upholstered in warm ocher velvet, and a bubble chandelier from Visual Comfort & Co. . And a coffee table made of wood and stone.


5. English country charm

The cozy alternative to modern charm: a warm, lively look with rustic materials, thoughtful collections, and lots of antiques.

“To keep the space from feeling like a time capsule, we like to pair vintage pieces with something bold and modern — a light fixture in mid-century shapes, or a piece upholstered in a modern plant,” says Nicole Cole, CEO and founder of the company. Athar House. When you embrace a little tension in design, your space can become beautiful in a completely unexpected way.

In an early 1900s Cole home, wood paneling in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter abuts a mural by artist Carla Weeks. A family heirloom wooden cabinet holds a Cole dish set.

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Photography by Rebecca McAlpine

The primary bedroom in this New Hope colonial designed by Vestige Home features Knoxville gray woodwork by Benjamin Moore, a four-poster wood bed, and terra cotta linens with a striped comforter.

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Photography by Rebecca McAlpine. Designed by Christy Hunter

On a New Jersey farm dating back to circa 1787, based in Bryn Mawr Michelle Gage She kept the original bathroom fixtures—a clawfoot tub and a stained glass door panel—while updating the space with a deep eggplant color and brass fixtures.

Photography by Brian Wetzel

Notice the subtle direction of the home’s design: edging is a simple way to layer patterns and add charm.


6. Colorful kitchens

Designers are leaving all-white kitchens behind for spaces that are elevated and imbued with character.

“We tend to keep the supporting elements more neutral, with tones of white, gray and black as well as wood. This keeps kitchens from feeling too crazy. It’s as much about the color of the cabinet as it is about the materials surrounding it,” says Michelle Gage, founder of the company. Michelle Gage Interiors.

Gage gave new life to a New Jersey kitchen with purple cabinets, a marble floor, Caeserstone quartz countertops, an oak island, and unpainted brass appliances.

Photography by Brian Wetzel

In Haddonfield Kitchen, (Re)work in architecture and design Offset the dark soapstone countertops with soft custom cabinetry (Benjamin Moore’s Croquet) and Pratt & Larson glazed ceramic tiles.

Photography by Rebecca McAlpine

And finally, Washington Square West Kitchen is next door Ashley Mizell It features bold blue and green cabinets, Calacatta gold countertops and backsplash, vintage pendant lights, and custom pieces by Philly artisans: Amuneal open shelving, and BDDW counter stools.

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Photography by Jason Varney

Published as “House Beautiful” in the October 2023 issue of the magazine Philadelphia magazine.

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