Spring fills many of us with the desire to get rid of the heavy interior decoration and brighten up our spaces with goodness and light. While it’s tempting to have an “everything is fine” mentality after a season of buttoned-down living — literally and figuratively — there are some easy-to-follow interior design suggestions.
For a creative perspective, we spoke with Sandy Mahoney, an award-winning homebuilder and designer and founder of Create Home, a home furnishing store, design studio and home improvement showroom at Excelsior.
What interior styles and colors will be on board for spring and summer? “Overall, we’re seeing a desire for simplicity in the design and styling of the house,” Mahoney says. “With furniture, art and accessories, that often means fewer pieces, cleverly planned as a composition. Styles are often eclectic, with furniture that’s a bit contemporary, but with a juxtaposition of unexpected pieces, even from a different style, woven.
Mahoney recommends using different textures, which is right on trend. “The key is to combine these different pieces and textures while ensuring continuity. It’s easy to be messy – keep it simple,” she says.
By colors, are we going pastels or hitting a more vibrant tone? “We still see a lot of white and we love it,” Mahoney says. She points to one of Benjamin Moore’s picks of 2022, Steam. “It’s a nice soft white,” she says. Benjamin Moore’s spring 2022 color palette leans towards pastels. “I love that these are nature colors that have a soft chalky feel to them,” Mahoney says.
But at this time of year, many of us crave a bit of color with nature as our inspiration. “We also like green,” Mahoney says. “The greens really emerged a few years ago, and it continues to evolve. We don’t see this trend going away anytime soon. Here in Minnesota, with our gray winters, the green is so fresh and has such energy. While paint or other wall coverings can provide green tones, plant life can too. “Living plants transform spaces,” Mahoney says. “The pop of color and organic feel is so comfortable.”
The creation and use of multifunctional spaces is accelerating, according to Mahoney. “With the challenges we have faced since the pandemic, customers are reinventing bonus spaces, bedrooms and living spaces into flexible spaces and home offices,” she says.
The attention paid to spaces dedicated to well-being is also important for some owners. “Requests for wellness spaces are quite common these days, and we customize them,” Mahoney says. “After all, we all have different physical and spiritual needs. Rooms for yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, exercise, meditation and prayer become a design priority.
Customers are also looking for durable materials. “It’s about reducing negative impacts on the environment and focusing on health and comfort,” Mahoney says. “The goal of sustainability is for us to look for products that reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources and minimize waste. At Create Home, we often see it in flooring and countertop choices. »
What emerging trends in interior design and design is Mahoney embracing? “I love the juxtaposition of styles,” she says. “It’s so fun to see the variety of things customers pin and like… [and] find a way to weave their favorites into a composition of their own. Today’s trends allow such freedom to combine different styles, and I love the art of putting it all together.
For homeowners who want “quick fixes” this season, Mahoney offers her top five ideas for sprucing up a home for spring/summer.
- Try a fresh coat of paint.
- Establish an updated look with new carpeting.
- Prepare a kitchen refresh with new countertops.
- Projector styling with new lighting.
- Create a new vibe with new furniture in well-used spaces.
Create a Home, 312 Water Street, Excelsior; 612.597.8900; createhome.net