After a year of uncertainty and forced flexibility, we’re all seeking different themes in our living spaces this year.
As a whole, residences are looking brighter and more thoughtful, and in 2021, we’re seeing trends of comfort, fluidity and a touch of fun married with timeless pieces. And lucky for those who live at Thirty Four Fifty West, our residences just so happen to check off every box. Below, discover the design inspiration you’ve been seeking right within our very own live-work spaces.
1. Lots of Neutrals (But Not Only Neutrals)
Homeowners are craving a sense of calm in their interiors this year, and the easiest, most timeless way to accomplish this is through neutral colors. At Thirty Four Fifty West, a clean palette is built into our canvas-like residences while light-colored exposed brick and hardwood floors offer clean, crisp textures that reflect natural light. With just the right tone set by Thirty Four Fifty’s interior foundations, thoughtful space curation is a piece of cake from there.
2. Thoughtful Pops of Color
Easily done through throw pillows, rugs, art pieces or accent furniture, a thoughtful pop of color can bring a much-needed touch of energy to a room. Choose a color that evokes positivity, calm or inspiration for you. The sheer amount of flexibility that the combination of minimalist infrastructure and open-concept floor plans makes our residences a haven for creative intervention. If you’ve chosen botanicals as your aesthetic accent, the plentiful natural light at Thirty Four Fifty West is perfect as well.
3. Statement Lighting
Breathtaking chandeliers, playful sconces, table lamps whose bases double as sculptures — we’re seeing lots of lighting that commands attention, rather than just existing as a function. It’s a way to look on the bright side, if you will. Our residences’ three-story structure of open-concept design and towering 18-foot ceilings were constructed with the intention of reducing architectural interference, which means more open space for sublime light fixtures.
4. Lighter Wood Tones
From flooring and cabinets to tables and nightstands, we’re seeing increased popularity in woods like white oak, birch and bamboo over cherry, walnut and the like. The residences at Thirty Four Fifty West are built with light-toned hardwood floors and stairsteps, so following this natural texture scheme is no problem. Many of our residents have opted for birches and bamboos for their interiors.
5. Rattan & Wicker
Popularized (and overused) in the 1960s, rattan and wicker furniture are making a comeback in the 2020s. Instead of full conversation sets, we’re seeing carefully chosen accents — coffee tables, bookcases, storage baskets — for just a touch of retro. When it comes to interior design, there’s a particular delight that is evoked from the marriage of retro chic and modern industrial. Mid-century sideboards and armchairs will fit right in among exposed brick and beams.
6. Gold Accents
All that glitters is gold, and a glimmer of gold is all it takes to brighten up a space. In addition to art pieces, a gold side table or trim on a chair adds a touch of classic glam to a room. Gold finishes are right at home in the bright, light-bouncing interiors at Thirty Four Fifty West.
7. Bold Art
While in-person art shows aren’t happening right now, social media can be a great place to discover up-and-coming local artists and original or printed works from so many talented others. Our residences’ soaring art walls are blank slates, awaiting statement pieces and gallery collections.
8. Modernized Rounded Furniture
Rounded furniture implies softness and flexibility when compared to the rigidity and formality often evoked from sharp corners and hard edges. Rounded chair backs, coffee tables, rugs or couch arms are all great options. The clean lines of our industrial, open-concept residences make for great backdrops to rounded forms — allowing them to harmonize with the space in a way that pops but doesn’t distract.
9. Looking Up
Drawing the eyes upward by hanging art, lighting, or plants from the ceiling serves the dual purpose of making a space feel bigger while alluding to optimism—the figurative form of looking up. The eyes naturally gaze skyward in the soaring 18-foot ceilings of our multi-storied homes. Take advantage of this by continuing drawing attention upwards through the home, following the flow of the floating staircases.
10. Blending Styles
To do this well, follow the 80-20 rule: choose one style as your primary theme (80 percent of the décor) and another as an accent (the remaining 20 percent). For example, if your large pieces are Scandanavian, an eclectic end table or accent chair paired with an eclectic lamp can tie the two styles together without being overpowering. Learn from neighboring residents and expert design principles by checking out different blog posts on our website to find your groove at Thirty Four Fifty West.
If a new home fits the bill this year, the residences at Thirty Four Fifty West provide a modern, multifunctional blank canvas for a seamless integration of your lifestyle needs and design choices. Inquire about our available units here.