"Incorporating color doesn't always equate to adding bold or bright elements," explains Los Angeles–based interior designer Stefani Stein. "Tints and tones can add subtle depth to a space."
Trend to Shop: Wallpaper
"Wallpaper has always a favorite of mine for adding layers and visual interest, without clutter, especially in a smaller space," says Stein. "On this front, florals are definitely back—not sure that they were ever gone—but, I'm gravitating toward motifs with a modern take on the classic floral."
It didn’t take Stefani Stein much more than one step into her clients’ condo to know that it would need a head-to-toe makeover. “It was so dark and so dated,” the designer says. “The colors were intense throughout. It was just too much.”
And though her clients had reached out to her primarily to renovate the kitchen of the 1,430-square-foot condo, located in Marina Del Rey, California, Stein was soon enlisted to overhaul the entire home. The result was a complete transformation from an ultra-traditional, heavy color palette, and ornate everything to one that embodied a simplified, modern, and classic take.
Brass and silver sconces had their time to shine — this year belongs to lights lacquered with patina, a gorgeous green-blue film that typically forms over copper. Designer Stefani Stein shares why she picked these fixtures for her clients' powder room. "I love the patinated finish of the sconces and the subtle depth they provide against the Stiffkey Blue walls," she says. "They create a nice counterpoint to the polished brass finish of the plumbing and hardware."
This is borderline blasphemous, but we have to admit it: We're ready to transition our homes for fall. Don't get us wrong, we love the sunny shades and breezy linens that come with summer, but we're ready to fully embrace the cozy textiles and moody hues that mark the beginning of fall. Naturally, the major home décor authorities have stocked their shelves with the season's latest offerings, which begs the question: What items are those ahead of the curve adding to their shopping carts now that fall is upon us?
To find out, we tapped seven interior designers for insider insight into the trends to shop and the trends to skip this October. With thoughts on everything from the cozy throws that'll make any space more inviting to the best paint colors for fall, there's plenty of inspiration for embracing the season's most coveted trends, big and small, ahead. Keep scrolling to discover exactly which trends the pros are buying into this fall (and which they're holding off on).
I tried writing why that’s so a hundred (four) different ways, but each of them was bleaker than the last, and I can’t stand to lead with that. Sometimes, (all the time) the best course of action is to cut to the chase by saying only: Trust me; Stefani Stein is what we really need right now.
Sure, emergency support to thwart the best intentions of impending hurricanes would help, and increased political harmony, and much, much more kindness in general, but also: Stefani Stein.
Why? Because Stefani Stein creates pockets of interior beauty in a contrasting world. It’s probably her superpower (add to the list of things we need: more people exercising their superpowers). And today, we need some really beautiful rooms to scroll through.
As we do, let us take a moment to appreciate the power of a lone-but-no-less-potent color accent to spice up a space. To wonder why no one else until now has thought to park as big and black a vanity in a marble/white/brass bathroom as Stein did. To re-contextualize the mudroom as a sanctuary for both humans, and pets, and laundry. And to remember that it’s the white walls that bring out the Cobalt blue of a chair, and it’s the blue in the chair that emphasizes the cherry of the lips wallpaper, and it’s the redness of those lips that bring out the teal of the statues (this is fun, right? Like Interiors-Blog-I-Spy?). And it’s the overall composure of seemingly distinct elements and styles that merge together to create the pattern of a super stylish, slightly Californian, classic-but-modern design.
In conclusion: What we really need today is Stefani Stein and her superpower and yours and mine, and kindness (still), and sleep (I do, now).
And in the words of Youtube darling Grace Helbig, “Other than that, I don’t know!”