Chances are, some of you probably have embraced the faded trend without even realizing it, especially if you love the classic elegance of black and white. This is the essence of the faded trend, says Stephanie Coffaro, Interior Architect, who developed the faded interior-design approach. Find out more about her in Creating Sanctuary: A Conversation with Stephanie Coffaro.

“The faded trend unites the timelessness of black, white and shades of gray to effortlessly create high-contrast, yet profoundly relaxing spaces,” explains Stephanie.

You can identify and follow this trend with:

1. Colors that fall in the spectrum of white, black and gray. “They’re very soft, neutral and quite timeless,” she notes.

Faded trend hallway

 

2. High contrast walls and floors. We’re pairing dark, shiny, black floors, white walls and white ceilings to create a sense of infinity,she says. “You can also do a reverse with an all-black spaces and white floors.”

Black and white dining table wood faded trend

 

3. Smoky, translucent glass walls or textured walls. “These create separation and privacy without creating barriers,” says Stephanie. “It’s more of an open feeling, but removed just enough so that there’s a sense of privacy.”

4. Objects that are airy and mesh-like. “This create a sense of movement and softness to balance high-contrast colors that can be overpowering.”

Rest assured, you don’t have to paint all the walls in your house black or white to create the faded look, but if that’s your style, then go for it! If you’re not ready to take the leap, consider using design accessories to reflect this trend, such as:

  • Pillows and throws in black, white and shades of gray
  • Black and white vases
  • Incorporating matte black hardware
  • Mirrors with black and white frames
  • A gray natural fiber rug with a black or white border –create your own!

“Black and white is like a blank canvas; it’s timeless and soothing. Don’t be afraid of committing to a bold black wall or white space,” notes Stephanie. “Even if you’re a really colorful person you can layer all of these colorful things within a black and white room,” she notes. “It’s really about using color in the right amount, and that’s going to be different for every person.”

In the next blog post, Stephanie will discuss the therapeutic power of the natural trend, which creatively brings the outdoors inside.

In the meantime, if you love the faded trend and want to bring elements of it into your space, one of the easiest and non-committal ways to do that is with a natural fiber rug. Customize it by size, shape, color pattern and border.