Are you looking to update the look and feel of your home this summer, but aren’t sure of the latest interior design trends or where to start? If so, you’re in luck! Interior design expert and TV host Kelly Edwards was kind enough to join me for an interview recently to dish on the hottest colors and interior design trends of 2014, how we can make the most of a small space, the secret to making powerful yet affordable upgrades to our homes, how to shop through social marketplaces, bringing life to a new deck and how to go green this summer.
Candace Rose: What are some of the top interior design trends for 2014?
Kelly Edwards: “I’ve been talking about this a lot, and the trends right now in interior design are really exciting. What I think is everyone is designing with not one style in mind, but EVERY style in mind. People are going and running the gamut between modern and traditional and kind of mixing everything up.
They’re also getting a lot of influences through culture, which I think is really fantastic. For instance, I’m seeing a lot of modern tribal pillows with great colors or a lot of saturated colors. I think everyone is kind of getting their cues from every design style.
I’m still seeing a lot of woods (of course), whites and the soft blacks and the grays, but people are incorporating those colors like the classic blue or the radiant orchid, which is the color of the year. I love the cayenne, I’m seeing a lot of melon and a lot of melon accessories. Speaking in terms of accessories, brass is still in, which I particularly love brass…I’ve always loved brass and I’m glad that it’s still around this season as well!”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice on how we can make the most of a small space?
Kelly Edwards: “I always say double duty is the way to go- double duty furniture. Let’s say you have an office guest room, add a love seat that turns into a sleeper. If you have a kitchen, have a roll out cart that doubles as an island. Have lots of storage things, ottomans and baskets and bins…and eliminate the clutter. I’m not a big tchotchke girl, but if you eliminate more of the clutter, then you feel that you have more space to design with.”
Candace Rose: How can we make powerful yet affordable upgrades to our homes?
Kelly Edwards: “I think one of the areas that you should focus on is the bathroom, especially for summer. I think that is the place that gets the most foot traffic, and I think that if you focus on the bathroom in the summertime, in the fall and the winter when you have people over for the holidays, you don’t have to think about it too much.
Obviously the easy simple things for your bathroom can be just changing out your textiles, maybe your shower curtain, your towels, changing the shower curtain rod maybe to a curved one that gives you a little bit more space in your shower. You can paint the cabinets, add new knobs. One of the places that I like to do a powerful upgrade is in your shower. The way you can do that is by changing your shower head. Now Waterpik has their new Spray Shaper which I absolutely love because it’s customizable. You have this shower head that has these three panels and the sides move. You can move them back so you get a full body spray or you move them forward and that’s more of a concentrated spray. I love it because it’s customizable, it’s unique to the market, which means it just came out. It’s so easy to install, it takes less than five minutes and you don’t need a plumber. You can find it at Home Depot. It’s inexpensive – $59.00 for the handheld and then $49.00 for the fixed mount. I think this is such a powerful upgrade for such a small space. This can turn your bathroom from a simple bathroom, honestly into a spa-like bathroom with the power.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice on shopping through social marketplaces?
Kelly Edwards: “I still love Etsy. Etsy is kind of the way to go online to find everything. I get all of my inspiration from Pinterest and then I go onto Etsy, of course. I’m kind of a sucker for people that do custom stuff. As a designer you don’t like to design with what everybody else is designing, so you like custom pieces…and I like to go to Etsy and find some great stuff.
Everybody wonders where everybody gets their ideas from and they get them from each other! I get them from bloggers, I go everywhere to find inspiration. Sometimes I go on and think ‘Why didn’t I think of that’. I like the opportunity to search online (Pinterest and Etsy) and find new things, definitely.”
Candace Rose: With summer officially nearly upon us, how can we bring life to a deck?
Kelly Edwards: “You should definitely consider your outdoor deck as your new living room because in the summertime that’s where everyone wants to spend their time. Focus on designing that as you would indoors. I like to see rugs outside, a table, chairs, comfortable textiles. A lot of designers are coming out with some great lines that they’re still Sunbrella fabrics but they look like what you would put on your sofa, which is really exciting. Put a throw on all of the chairs, that way when you’re entertaining at night everyone is comfortable and cozy
You also want to focus on lighting because lighting is the most important thing in design and I believe it is equally as important in the outside. Do some strung lights, maybe a chandelier. Have fun with it. This is where you want to spend the majority of your time. I’m from Chicago, we only get 90 days of summer, so if you have 90 days of summer, you’d better take advantage of it.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any tips on how we can go green this season?
Kelly Edwards: “Going green, there’s so many ways you can go green. Sustainability is in, it’s so much more accessible then it used to be. I like water conservation that’s kind of my thing. You can get aerators for your sinks, which kind of eliminate the water flow so it doesn’t come out of the faucet barreling. You can get a rain barrel for your outside. My dad has one, I think it’s fantastic….it actually takes the rain water from your gutters and puts into sometimes a 300 gallon drum, which then you can use to water your plants, water your lawn. It’s absolutely fantastic. Or you can change out your shower head. Waterpik actually has a shower head in their EcoFlow line that can save you up to $60 annually.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Kelly Edwards: “I think as far as design goes in your home, it’s summertime, I would say focus on those little upgrades that are going to make a bigger impact later. After that I say decorate and design the outdoor space and make that just as comfortable and cozy.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Kelly Edwards: “You can go to KellyEdwardsInc.com or you can find out more information about the shower head at Waterpik.com.”