What’s HOT and what’s NOT

I recently attended a great panel on what’s HOT and what’s NOT in interior design. Although I tend to shy away from trends and stick to timeless, classic design, I often have clients asking me about the longevity of certain styles. Here are my takeaways on what’s here to stay and what’s fleeting…

White Kitchens


I was recently told by a magazine editor that they’re not looking for white kitchens and that bold, colorful kitchens are what they’re after. Well, that may be true from an editorial perspective, but my experience agrees with the panel of designers who say that white kitchens are HOT and here to stay. They’re fresh, clean and clients still love them.

Black and White Checkerboard Floors


This one stands the test of time. They’ve been around forever and are not going away anytime soon. A classic pattern to use in a formal entry such as the black and white marble floor seen through the mudroom above.

Subway Tile


Still a classic. Period. To elevate the look just a tad, we choose a beveled subway tile for this installation in a kids bathrooms.



It’s still hot right now, but as with all trends, it will be out again at some point. That being said, it’s easy enough to remove or paint over, so if you love it, go for it!



Most designers agreed that they’re tired of succulents because they’re overused, but several conceded that if they’re the only living thing you can keep alive, do it. I agree.

Bottom line – most trends go in and out of fashion, so if it’s: A) something you love, B) doesn’t cost a fortune, and C) you can change out if/when you tire of it, GO FOR IT! Otherwise stick to classics that you know will stand the test of time.