• Wallpaper with an edge. Yes, some wallpaper is still scary. But some is fabulous, especially big, bold patterns applied to just one wall. “Papering a whole room is out, but hitting just one wall turns wallpaper into art,” she said.
• Walls that talk. As do-it-yourself homeowners get better at expressing themselves in their homes, more words on signs and painted on are showing up on walls. “What better way to let your home speak for you,” she said.
• Mixing old with new. You can have a traditional look, or a contemporary look, but the most current look blends the two. Boisselle is seeing more interiors mixing classic, traditional furniture with smaller contemporary elements, such as accent tables. “The combo makes an unfussy, polished space,” she said.
• Unisex decor. As more men admit that they care about home decor, too, more homes are incorporating unisex decor: fewer frills, more focus on function, gender neutral colors, and more minimalism.
• Orange punch. Do-it-yourself decorators have been afraid of this in-your-face color, but that's changing. “We've been seeing it done right, and it's very appealing and uplifting,” Boisselle said.
• Candid photos. Though family photo walls have been around since before the Kodak Instamatic, today's photo galleries are different, mostly for what's in the frames (which should all coordinate). Posed pictures are out; candids are in. “Because we have so many photos to choose from thanks to Smartphones, Instagram, and digital prints,” she said, “photo walls feel less precious and are more fun.”
Syndicated columnist and speaker Marni Jameson is the author of “House of Havoc” and “The House Always Wins” (Da Capo Press). Contact her through www.marnijameson.com.