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Analysis Reveals Interior Design Trends on Instagram

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Type the hashtag #interiordesign into your Instagram search box and you’ll get over 14 million posts in return. But who are these design-obsessed homebodies? Where are they? And how can you make Instagram pics of your space more popular? This, and much more, is revealed in a new report by online home store Wayfair, which analyzed 75,000 #interiordesign posts from the U.S. and Canada. Some of the findings will surprise you; the rest are just plain fun for stats fanatics.

Who Posts The Most?

New York, New York. Yes, the Empire State is king among those who post about interior design, with a whopping 288.9 pics per 100,000 residents. Second and third place were taken by our neighbors to the North in Ontario and British Columbia (who knew Canadians were so stylish?) with California and Nevada claiming fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Most Common Design Styles

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Everything old is new again…or so it seems from the most frequently featured style in #interiordesign posts on Instagram: vintage! What is vintage exactly? One definition from Apartment Therapy narrows it down to: “Something that is too old to be considered ‘used’ but not as old as Grandma.” The reasons behind its ubiquitous nature? Cost-effectiveness and the repurposing culture.

In second place is mid-century modern, that post-World War II style known for clean lines, minimalism, and functionality that you’d immediately recognize from the sets of Mad Men or (if you’re old enough to get the reference) The Brady Bunch.

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Contemporary (what’s popular right now) comes in third, followed by rustic (wood, wood, and more wood) in fourth. Abstract (if you don’t know what you’re looking at, you’ve probably found it) lands in fifth place. 

Given that New York is home to so many old factories and buildings, you’d think industrial style would’ve ranked higher; alas, it took sixth place. Retro, natural, and bohemian follow, with French finishing off the top ten design styles.

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Oddly enough, just because a style predominates the hashtags doesn’t mean it tallies mad “likes” from the masses. The most liked style is contemporary, with an average of 142 likes per post; we’ll take a wild guess and say it’s because of its familiarity and versatility. Bohemian style (identifiable for its multi-colored palette, mismatched patterns, and free spirit aesthetic) garners an average of 117 likes per post, placing it at second. Abstract, natural, and industrial styles complete the top five with 87, 84, and 81 average likes per post, respectively. Mid-century modern staked out sixth place, with an average of 78 likes per post.

Despite being the most posted style, vintage came in seventh with an average 71 likes per post, still beating out rustic and retro styles at 69 and 67 likes, respectively. The least posted style, French, is also the least liked of the top ten styles, averaging 66 likes per post. Too frou-frou perhaps?

Color Me Popular

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White is the color most frequently featured on #interiordesign Instagram pics. Why white? “Why not?” would be the better question. White makes spaces appear larger, cleaner, and more streamlined. It also makes a perfect canvas for the second and third most common colors: blue and gold, both classy hues that appeal to masculine and feminine aesthetics. Dramatic black comes in fourth, followed by green, pink, silver, orange, yellow, and (last but definitely not least) gray. 

But what are the most “liked” colors? That’s a different story. Black reigns with an average of 115 likes per post, though don’t get too dark; it’s best when used as an accent, not the focal point, of a room. Sweet, playful pink is a close second at an average of 105 likes per post, with gold hanging onto its spot in the top three with an average of 94 likes per post. 

Where You Live And What You Like

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If you really want to geek out on stats, Wayfair offers multiple maps and infographics on which styles and colors prevail where. Our cheat sheet: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, and New York all favor vintage style, but differ on color, with black, gold, pink, and white coming in most frequently, respectively. Chicago, Denver, Miami, and Seattle are hanging on to mid-century modern design and post pics primarily featuring white decor. Boston breaks from the pack with a penchant for contemporary design and green hues.

What Does It All Mean?

While analysts can tell us what people “like” on Instagram, there’s no definitive way in this analysis of discerning why certain styles catch people’s eyes. What is clear is that what is posted (and assumed to be liked by the person posting it) is not necessarily what everyone else “likes.” In other words: the more we know, the more we know we don’t know. Popularity on social media remains a mystery–though it’s safe to say if you want your home to be swooned over on Instagram, French design in orange hues is probably not the way to go about it!

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Mid-century Modern goes mainstream

Mr Bigglesworthy furniture reflects the passion of business owners Dan and Emma Eagle. Photographed in the McClew House designed by architect Ken Albert in 1966.
Mr Bigglesworthy furniture reflects the passion of business owners Dan and Emma Eagle. Photographed in the McClew House designed by architect Ken Albert in 1966.

It’s perhaps the strongest furniture trend this year, and it shows no sign of slowing.

Mid-century Modern pieces are appearing in new furniture collections throughout the country as demand soars.

Of course, there are the classics that have never gone out of style, such as the Eames lounge chair, G Plan furniture and Saarinen tables. But, increasingly, the look is finding favour with a younger generation, which didn’t see the furniture first time round.

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A look at the fashion world’s influence on interior design

New York Fashion Week took place in the Big Apple earlier this month, where the world’s hottest designers came together to set the scene for this year’s design trends. You may not be surprised to learn that these trends don’t stop at the end of the runway. The fashion world sets the scene for design trends across the board, and that includes interior design. While fashion shows often feature over-the-top, “who would wear that?” styles, this year’s overarching trends leaned toward a classic elegance that will transfer beautifully to our interiors.

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Design Trends In Home Furnishings For 2018 Inspired Functionality That Makes A Statement!

 Bohemian chic. Functional fabrics. Mid-century modern. Bold colors. Geometric and floral prints. Look for these design elements—and more—in furniture and accessories to perk up a humdrum home interior with this year’s design trends. The trends are an eclectic mix of Influences that range from Morocco to the United States in the middle of the 20th century.

“It’s a global technological world, and current interior design takes creative initiative from everywhere,” says Debi Danals, buyer and interior designer at Leopold’s Fine Home Furnishings in Brecksville. “People today don’t want just something ordinary. They prefer inspired designs that meet a need. At Leopold’s, you can see all of the top interior design trends on display in our showroom and be inspired to try something new and on trend,” Danals adds.

Bohemian Chic. Look for very colorful geometric patterns and lots of different textures, all with a Moroccan flair. Expect to see patterns on patterns and multiple patterns on the same fabric. “This look has been out there before but has been updated for 2018,” says Danals.

Mid-Century Modern. With this throwback style, metallic is big, especially brushed brass in chandeliers table lamps and other accessories. “Young millennials love mid-century modern,” says Danals. “They don’t remember it, so it’s new to them.” For persons of a certain age, mid-century modern brings back memories they may want to re-create.

Bold/Strong Colors. The top decorating color is blue—peacock, Navy, gray skies—combined with grays and soft whites. “Blue is everywhere,” says Danals, adding that “the color often is combined with white, cream, grays, taupe.” Other color trends are black and whites (sometimes combined with a splash of apple green), ultra violet, blush, and bright oranges and plums. “All of these colors are trending,” says Danals, “because people desire something that stands out and makes a statement.”

Functionality and Performance. It’s not enough today for sofas, chests, and other furniture and accessories to be just decorative, says Danals, adding that people see function as equally important. “People want savvy statement pieces that do more than one thing,” says Danals, adding that people want upholstery fabrics that hold up well for everyday living but also feel soft. That’s why performance fabrics (such as Crypton and Sunbrella) are growing in popularity, says Danals. “Performance fabrics,” Danals notes, “originally were used for outdoor furniture but now are commonly used in places such as great rooms where both beauty and durability are desired.”

Fabrics. In addition to performance fabrics, trends include floral prints, textures, geometric shapes, velvet and faux fur. “Velvet is now being used casually and not just formally,” says Danals. “People are embracing the soft feel of the its thick, short pile.”

Case Goods. These furniture items are anything but bland this year. Look for multiple colors and textures in the same piece, such as a painted back and a textured-wood front; a combination of marble, stone, metal, acrylic and wood; the use of antique mirrors for front panels; and drawer pulls made from agate, acrylic and shaped wood.

Details. “Strong design details are making a big impact on home furnishings,” says Danals. She gives as examples nailhead trim used over fabric tapes with spacing between the nails, unique arm styles (such as Greek key arms on chairs), tufting on upholstery backs and seats, fabric banding, and mitered corners on pillows.

Now that you know what to look for, you’re ready to make your unique design statement for 2018.

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