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People are embracing stronger, more
vibrant hues in their dwellings, as a way
to boost mood and energy.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact
on our relationship with our homes and
created an increased awareness of how
good interior design can improve our
quality of living. Our homes need to
function like never before,” Grunberger
adds. “And, with an upsurge in home
sales and renovations, design services
are in high demand.”
Folks are craving comfort. “Fabrics
are soft to the touch and full of texture
– boucles looped or curled yarns,
organic linens, cottons, velvets,” Grunberger
notes. “Wallpaper has never
been more popular: Grasscloths, wood
veneers, linen weaves, silks and vinyls
come in a full spectrum of colors and
add dimension and texture to a room.
Bold patterns and digital murals are
especially on trend and are a great way
to inject some personality to a space.”
She adds, “The latest trends are also
geared towards creating a cozy look
with curved furnishings, an emphasis
on natural materials, like rattan and
terrazzo, and light woods (especially
oak) for flooring/cabinetry. The gray
color story is fading in favor of browns;
warmer tones are replacing cooler
Blue (especially navy), remains a classic
favorite, while a richer, earthy palette is
gaining momentum – olive, cinnamon,
rust, butterscotch. Painted feature
walls in saturated colors can create a
stunning focal point.
(See pics) For a family in Great Neck,
Grunberger used cheerful colors
everywhere. The kitchen eat-in area
boasts colorful floral draperies with
coordinating artwork and accessories,
adding a whimsical touch. The living
room has a Ralph Lauren aesthetic with
a warm mix of colors. The golden woven
wallpaper is balanced by a traditional
Turkish rug in gold, olive, and red. The
red onyx fireplace is the perfect choice
for the deep wooden paneling and
echoes the colors in the silk draperies.
The plaid and paisley cushions add
visual interest and comfort.
In the teen’s bedroom, a chartreuse ceiling
balances out the somber gray wall,
hot pink vinyl headboard and colorful
wall art. In the second girl’s room, the
designer chose a metallic doggie wallpaper
– perfect for her animal-loving
client. Teal walls, a bright geometric
rug, patterned bedding and pillows,
and a refurbished mid-century modern
armchair in a houndstooth print with
colorful piping complete the look.
MORE UPLIFTING IDEAS
Also chosen as one of 15 Top Interior
Designers on Long Island, Amy Luria
of Luria Design & Style, in Port Washington
(luriadesign.com), says that
many clients are looking for interesting
textures, light, and lots of color.
In one kitchen project, she used unique
tile work on backsplashes and chose
white cabinets with paneling. And the
island was painted a refreshing blue.
“Lighting is a big thing now; people are
more aware of it, as it improves mood,”
Luria notes. “And art is big too. People
are hanging textured, 3-D mixed-media
artwork on their walls.”
Nowadays, even countertops can
feature a color. “I like Cambria a lot;
they’re coming out with exciting
quartz textures and colors,” she adds.
In another kitchen, Luria chose a
backsplash with Confetti tiles in a
Donald Altman, a psychotherapist, former
Buddhist monk and award-winning
author of The Mindfulness Code and
Simply Mindful, offers wellness tips for
working at home. He says, “Place your
workspace near a window or where you
can have a view of nature or the sky.”
“We need to center and calm ourselves
using the tools of our awareness and intentional
shaping of our environment.
If you work at home, you can create a
soothing environment that brings you
into the present moment, regulates your
emotions, and motivates you.”
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