I’ve been feeling very inspired from an interior point of view lately and wanted to share some things that have me really excited! Click through to read about 5 design elements I’d like to see more of in the coming year. There are some really fun ideas and inspiration packed into this short post…
#1 : WALLPAPERED CEILINGS
I did this in our color blocked hallway and I’ve been seeing some gorgeous spaces with wallpapered ceilings floating around Pinterest lately. I’ll definitely be installing more of this treatment to multiple spaces in our new house.
Too often, ceilings are ignored and it’s an opportunity and extra plane we should be paying more attention to. Whether you dress it up with paint (like my previous bathroom), pattern, or millwork (more on that later in the post), it can really elevate a room and make it more interesting.
#2 : ACTUAL COLOR
I preached about this in the 2019 predicted paint colors post and I stand behind my previous statement… I am 100% over boring white spaces and all things neutral. Let’s play with actual color, friends! It’s bold, beautiful, and a thousand times more unique than the same neutral space we’ve seen floating around the internet and social media a million times.
Stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to color can be challenging, but it’s usually always rewarding. I’m certainly planning to insert a LOT of color into our current home with each room we renovate.
#3 : LARGE SCALE LIGHT FIXTURES
This has been something I’ve had my eye on for awhile now, but I’ve noticed a growing trend in ceiling mounted light fixtures growing larger and larger… and I really like it. In this case, bigger is better. It certainly makes a statement, adds balance to a room, and almost takes on a three dimensional piece of art centering a space.
I also say bonus points should be awarded if you pair it with a sophisticated ceiling medallion… check out this roundup for lots of classic options!
#4 : TAILORED WINDOW TREATMENTS
In our previous home, the windows did NOT allow for drapery (curtain) panels and I was pretty bummed about it. Their scale, shape, and size made them ideal for roman shades, but in this house, I’m excited to have a mix of all different types of window treatments. Regardless of the window treatment style, I’m obsessed with tailored and structured window treatments. They’re timeless, elegant, and will never go out of style. A bold stripe on a roman shade (like above), a pinch pleat or euro pleat drapery application (like below), or a classic material perfectly installed instantly makes a room feel luxurious.
If you’re curious (or clueless) about making window treatment selections, this post shares a complete guide! Hopefully it makes the process less daunting.
#5 : MILLWORK
You know how I feel about millwork. Lots of people think of millwork and trim as an afterthought when renovating and it should really be one of the first things you plan. It’s part of the architecture and I’ll be the first to tell you- I’d rather splurge on millwork than accessories or other “post renovation” decor. It’s 100% worth the investment. In this house, there’s going to be much more millwork, and I’ll be doing tons of posts and tutorials about it… I’m pretty pumped to shed more light on that sometimes confusing topic. Hopefully it proves to be helpful! Stay tuned.
For even more inspiration, you can follow along on Pinterest. It’s hands down my favorite social media outlet and I spend more time in that space than any other (more than Instagram, Facebook, etc)… it just feels more productive and beneficial. It’s such a great resource and I feel like looking at my Pinterest boards is like peeking into my brain. Haha! But really.
What do you guys think about these 5 design elements I’d like to see more of this year? I wouldn’t call them “trends” because they’re not definitely not fads. As we wrap up the bathroom, my brain is already spinning with ideas and design plans for other spaces in the house! I can’t wait to share the finished reveal with you next week.
PeggiFebruary 28, 2019 at 4:49 am
Whoop! You know I am here for the color! I feel like you’ve been doing a lot of looking up since three of your elements are on the ceiling. I have wanted to paper a ceiling for a while, but my old house has very textured ceilings. I’ve just not been motivated to tackle the extra work of smoothing. I’d be interested in a post about choosing ceiling paper; directional or scenic patterns might seem weird overhead. Oh moulding. I feel like crown and panel moulding are part of grander, more traditional homes. Adding crown to an 80s tract home seems like trying to be something you’re not… I removed terribly done crown from the living room of my little Cape and breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe I’m just scarred by shoddy workmanship; your millwork always looks fab! Anyway, happy grout day! 🤞
SarahFebruary 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm
100%! I’m feeling color this year too, so hopefully I won’t disappoint you in that department :) We have textured ceilings too, so it’s definitely SO much more work to prep them for wallpaper. I feel your pain. I’m STILL tiling over here. I had hoped to be grouting, but fingers crossed that can happen tomorrow. Wish me luck. haha! xox
Julie SFebruary 28, 2019 at 9:39 am
I am with you and planning on most of these except maybe color (for my particular home). Our last house was more cottage-y and we had actual colors in the bathroom, living room, and master bedroom, but this house is open, flooded with light, contemporary in design, and soft whites are sooo good in most of the rooms. I wanted to do a deep color in the hall bathroom (currently in progress) but after holding up samples determined it was too dark for such a hard working space where visibility needs to be good. I’m still planning for a dark ceiling in there which is actually how I found your blog, yay!
SarahFebruary 28, 2019 at 1:29 pm
I totally get that! You have to be smart and design in a way that matches the exterior and home style- it sounds beautiful though. I’m really excited to hear about the ceiling :)
Wenda ScottFebruary 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm
I really enjoy your blog and your design style. I can’t wait to see your bathroom. I know you have many, many sources, but I thought I would just mention since I live in Salt Lake and you mentioned drapery. I have used Calico Corners for custom made drapes and have been pleased with them. Best Regards, W. Scott
SarahMarch 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm
Thank you so much Wenda! Really good to know- I’ve ordered from Calico online, but have never visited the Salt Lake store or order custom drapes- I’m so happy to know they do a good job. I’ll have to add that resource to my list :) Thanks again! xo
LexieMarch 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm
I would love to get back into Pinterest but I am absolutely inundated with ads. It is so, so, so obnoxious. I would consider using the site again if there were some way to streamline the algorithm so I could see what the people I follow actually post (I realize you have no power in that but maybe you have found a way to hack the system lol!).
SarahMarch 4, 2019 at 1:13 pm
Oh no, really?! Maybe I just tune them out? I haven’t noticed an abundance of ads. I feel like it does a much better job catering to the type of content I want to see as opposed to Instagram or Facebook. I wish I had a clever hack for you. Ha! xox
MeganMarch 4, 2019 at 7:49 am
I love the table you have in the first picture! Can you tell me where it is from?
SarahMarch 4, 2019 at 1:20 pm
Thanks Megan! That one came from HomeGoods :)