Why Quiet Interiors Rule in a World That Can’t Shut Up

Right now, “people just need to feel good,” says New York designer Joy Moyler, who recently worked on a Cape Cod home that was steadfastly devoted to “no garish palettes,” as she put it. said. Blue and white would have been too predictable by the ocean, so she chose a serene sea of ​​greens in tactile fabrics like velvet and linen to reflect the surrounding gardens. These days, her clients want “a nurturing environment, like their grandmother’s house,” says Moyler. “Sitting at the kitchen table, eating warm, comfort food and that feeling of apple pie cooling on the kitchen counter by the screen. They want an eternal feeling of spring and summer.

Stacked and quiet interiors are on the rise. Here, interior designer Leonora Hamill and her husband, Hugh Barker’s bedroom features classic antiques and just the right amount of pattern.

Photo: Helen Cathart

What people expect now, says Virginia Tupker, is charming decor that “evokes an emotional response — and the strongest would be happiness.” Tupker is currently working on a project in Glen Cove, New York, awash with Colefax & Fowler prints here, Swedish rugs there. “For me, if something is pretty, it just makes me happy,” she says. Designer Beth Diana Smith recently revamped her master bedroom in Irvington, New Jersey, to look as good as possible, adding picture frame moldings, soothing monochromatic greens, tassels and artwork of Kabriah Asha with butterflies in gold leaf. “I wanted my bedroom to feel more like a feminine space,” she says. “I wanted to bring a lot of shapes. Lots of movement. »

Indeed, form is key. “For so long we have been dominated by very masculine interiors,” says Martin. She points to mainstream retailers where “everything was beige and black and metal and oversized. It’s almost a rebellion against it and a resumption of femininity…. I think it comes from a place of education. Consider Stephanie Summerson Hall’s beloved range of colored stemware, Estelle Colored Glass, which comes in shades ranging from coral peach pink to mint green. Or Caitlin Wilson’s range of timeless feminine furniture and accessories, including everything from scalloped canopy beds to striped silk cushions with bows adorning each corner. Wilson is such a champion of all things pretty that her first book, which will arrive next spring, is called Back to Jolie: Giving New Life to Traditional Style. No surprise: it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Schumacher’s Chief Content Officer, Emma Bazilian, and Artistic Director Stephanie Diaz also released a delightful new book on the subject this spring: Charm School: The Schumacher Guide to Traditional Decorating Today.

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