Let’s talk about Natural, Neutrals and Nature.
Good Morning dear friends.
Today I want to delve into a subject I mostly try to stay away from which is trends in decorating our homes.
Because I am certainly not an expert and well,… I decorate with what I like and trends tend to…well trend into something else.
Years ago, when we moved into our home here in Florida, we were thrilled with the Spanish Colonial Architecture of the house.
Our home in Kansas City was more of a Mediterranean or Mission Revival and our existing furniture blended beautifully in our new home.
Fast forward to “the trends” of this new year which is suggesting more natural, neutral and nature inspired homes.
Trends are okay but are open to not only interpretation, but can be influenced by one’s location or where you live.
Example: Here in Florida, the “trend” is toward the Spanish influence, hence all the stucco homes among the palm trees look.
Our stucco home in Kansas City was certainly not the norm, as stucco structures are few and far between among the sticks and stones and bricks of the midwest.
Which, by the way was why I loved that particular home.
The block we lived on in KC was not a cookie cutter block although many of the houses were in the natural colors of nature.
The tans, rusts and moss greens.
After moving to Florida, if one drove down ANY street, one could see the Tropical/Spanish influences of beige, terracotta and and a few pastels of the Key West type look.
This year it appears the trend is homes that are in the earthy colors.
In our current home, I love our barrel shaped terracotta roof tiles, and they complimented the warm, creamy beige on the exterior walls with darker earthy accents on the arched windows and doors.
Inside our home, the darker cabinets and busy, busy granite made the home seem darker, but the cabinet tops kept true to the Spanish Architecture.
Current designers are suggesting home owners think about changing kitchen cabinets to warmer neutrals.
As many of you know, for several years, many designers and home owners were following the trend of the all-white Kitchens, which fit right in with the country farmhouse look that has been very popular the last ten years or so.
I will admit that white cabinets do not really go out of style as they will always be popular.
There is something about the clean look of white cabinets.
Personally, I like the softer cream colored cabinets teamed with the nature inspired warm neutrals, which is what I have had in my kitchen for the last 6 or 7 years.
I like to use natural accents such as wood cutting boards, old beige crocks filled with wood utensils, vintage Spanish basket covered bottles and a few sage green plants in the window.
I believe my love of Spanish architecture came when living in New Mexico for all those years.
I have many Native American baskets and vases that I bring out for a few months and then I move them to another room in my home as I like to keep these pieces close.
I really appreciate artifacts and items that have sentimental value including turquoise and silver jewelry.
Basically, the trend for 2024 seems to be earthy tones, while also adding in a bit of greenery.
Sort of like bringing the outdoors inside.
And that suits me just fine as I have been doing that for several years now.
Perhaps you have too.
Speaking of outdoors, we have had to re-surface our pool and courtyard…some due to wear and tear and a lot to do with Hurricane Ian.
I have to admit I was tempted (for about 10 minutes) to completely eliminate the oranges, rust and browns of the pavers in the courtyard and the waterfall.
I did pick a lighter color for the courtyard pavers which consists of a tan-ish paver with sea shells and other natural materials embedded.
Eco-friendly we could call it.
So if you have decided this new year means a change in your old decor….stop and think about what you like and what you treasure….what you might change and what you might leave “as is.”
Let your heart decide what is trending in your own home.
You and your family live with it on a day to day basis.
And next year, someone will tell us of a new trend.
Have a Blessed and Wonderful week.
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” Psalm 5:11