Even from a young age, interiors fascinated Kathleen Hay of the award-winning Kathleen Hay Designs (kathleenhaydesigns.com), but after dipping her toes into the field with Nantucket artist and designer Geo, she was hooked. Forty years later, she continues to craft sophisticated and chic spaces, specializing in everything from high-end homes to stylish eateries and hotels. Here, Hay shares the top five design trends to look out for this year.
Spaces like this summer estate welcome dining and entertaining outside with a stylish porch, pool and hot tub.
1. Wellness-Focused Interiors
“‘Stay at home’ has affected the way we live in our spaces and changed consumer demands for durability and cleanability. Our homes need to stimulate our well-being, so we will see an increased use of toxic-free materials to create healthier environments, as well as the creation of home spa experiences.”
2. Indoor-Outdoor Living
“We will continue to see a blurring of lines between inside and out to invite a communion with nature, fresh air and the great outdoors. Large glass walls that fold to open completely to the outside will be used to create light and airy living spaces. There will also be a continued focus on outdoor kitchens, spas and entertainment outbuildings.”
A living room’s sliding glass wall invites the outdoors in.
3. Vintage Details
“There is a desire for a sense of security, structure and comfort after the pandemic. The trend will be to furnishings that have a vintage vibe, harkening to simpler times, like antique and period pieces mixed in with modern furniture.”
“We will look to furnishings, objects and art pieces that are not commonplace: special and precious items that evoke a sense of luxury and individualism.”
“The focus will continue to be on locally made, organic products that encourage us to be aware of our consumption and how it affects the world around us.”