10 Experts Share Top Design Trends for Spring

Simplicity and livability are hot among homeowners this year.

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Courtesy of Jennifer Muirhead Interiors

“We’re definitely moving in the direction of collective comfort. There’s a strong desire for warm, cozy spaces layered with natural elements—linen, sisal, wood—that invite their inhabitants to sit and stay for a while.”
Jennifer Muirhead, Jennifer Muirhead Interiors, Morristown

“After spending more time at home, clients want to freshen up their interior spaces. Think clean white walls, light upholstery and occasionally a bold burst of color, particularly on built-ins.”
Callie Bruen Interiors, New Vernon

“So exciting to see rich colors and elegant surfaces trending again. I’m noticing more work rooted in the classics. Finishes such as crushed velvets that shimmer—and linen that dons a satin finish—are all making an appearance again.”
Judith Luke, Judith Luke Art & Interiors, Chatham

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Courtesy of Bogwater Jim Antique

“Realizing many people will continue working from home, I’m helping clients curate their home-office spaces. Pull in your favorite objects and books from your travels and clear clutter to create a space with things you love—be it your own home library or a little corner in your den.”
Brandon Matthews, Velez-Matthews Design, South Orange

“Traditional styles are being presented in a new way by combining abstract art with historic furniture, using unexpected colors, and seeking pattern where solids were once the mode.”
Karen Kihlstrom, Bogwater Jim Antiques, Lafayette

“2021 will see homeowners adding more color to their spaces with jewel-toned rugs, pillows and paint. Exterior spaces will continue to be important, with a greater investment in higher-end pieces for outdoor entertaining.”
Caitlin Rutkay, C.R. Interior Designs, Tewksbury

“The simplicity of Bauhaus-style design is being seamlessly blended with the elegance of classical architecture and bohemian lifestyle. Materials like bamboo and rattan are matched with tubular steel, leather and concrete, staged among vibrant assortments of flora.”
William Needham, Morristown Modern

“Our homes will continue to serve in a multifunctional capacity accommodating office space, classrooms and daily living. Multipurpose rooms, warm, earthy colors, durable fabrics, and the need for comfort are all here to stay in 2021.”
Susan Farcy Interior Design, Wyckoff

“Landscape design has shifted toward a modernist aesthetic that favors clean lines, plant massing and edited palettes, with a native-plant emphasis. There is a push for visual calm—pairing minimalism (with clear Asian/Scandinavian echoes) alongside artful, natural plant design.”
Lisa Mierop, Mierop Design, Montclair

“We’re seeing a focus on what we refer to as Danish hygge with our clients. Hygge, the feeling of wellness and contentment, is all about using clean lines, maximizing views, and really thinking about the usability of spaces to create cozy and comfortable homes that promote happiness.”
Sari Jepsen, Scandic Builders, Basking Ridge

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