Solutions: Updating with latest trends can be a snap

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

While design trends can be fun to follow, you don’t have to go overboard to update your home. Just ask Armina Kasprowicz with Armina Interiors in Rochester Hills, who says, “We don’t have to completely change our interiors to be trendy.”

Instead, she suggests choosing a few elements you find appealing, like the color green, which is easy and affordable to incorporate with live plants. “They’re making a big comeback, especially succulents,” she says.

Layering is another option, with a mix of simple Scandinavian trends and jewel tones that take your neutrals to another level. For those who crave color, their richness adds warmth and energy to any type of setting.

For instance, this can apply to the white and gray color palettes that have been so popular in the past few years. In this case, Kasprowicz recommends adding some plush velvets and warm metals like copper and brass for a richer effect.

“It creates a sophisticated, luxurious look,” she says.

As the designer reminds us, 2016 may have been the year of the minimalist, but current industry trends continue to make bold statements with distinct colors and textures for added drama and warmth.

Blending textures is another trend, says the designer, who likes to combine deluxe fabrics like velvets and linens.

Another way to liven up your look is with tropical trends, such as animal prints that evoke African safaris and other dramatic patterns that establish a bit of a bohemian vibe.

Once again, there’s no need to get carried away. “If you love some of the colors, add them in accessories and large pieces of art,” says Kasprowicz.

This year, she says, pastels are making their way past kids’ rooms. “Pink is having a big moment in fashion. It can be vibrant or soft and feminine and you don’t have to paint the whole room pink. If you use it in a grown-up way in smaller doses, it can make a room very welcoming.”

Unlike the traditional Easter egg varieties, the pink, purple, blue and green hues being used are more mature, giving you the light and airy look you’re after without having to rely on white.

Art deco influences are also trending now with a slight twist. “It doesn’t have to be heavy. You can have wallpaper with geometric shapes in a powder room,” says Kasprowicz. “It’s a very glamorous, old Hollywood style.”

In addition, touches of black, gold and metallic are leading the art deco trend.

The latest styles make a case for less is more. “The easiest way to make a difference is to change small things by adding a new lamp or an art gallery of photos,” she says. “Adding color in pillows and other accessories can make a big change.”

Sometimes all it takes is one statement piece to do the trick as she did in one of her projects shown here. “Green is a very vibrant color that brightens a room. You can take a large plant and make it a focal point,” says Kasprowicz.

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Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at