I don’t know about you, but I’ve basically all but given up on Pinterest searches for decorating inspiration. Because Instagram makes it so easy to browse other people’s feeds. Hence, search hashtags for inspiration and capture images for future reference in what basically looks like Pinterest board anyway.
When you’re on the ‘gram regularly. Thus, a fair amount for work and for fun too over here. Therefore, you start noticing certain items popping up time and time again. And that’s kind of how trends are born these days, at least in the social media world.
So we thought it’d be fun to scroll through Instagram to figure out. Thus, what makes for a double-tappable design scheme in each room of the house. Let’s start with the living room. Hence, since it’s a place that gets a lot of attention, from both you and your houseguests.
Beni Ourain-Style Rug
If Insta is any indicator, the Beni Ourain rug is still going strong in the living room. But what started as mainly cream rugs with a black, dark gray, or brown linear diamond or zigzag pattern is now moving into lighter, brighter territories.
These days, you’re seeing more Benis with cream bases and soft gray designs that are even more intricate and geometric
That Tan Leather Sofa
it’s hard to find a living room on Insta that doesn’t have a caramel colored leather sofa. Call it the Sarah Sherman Samuel effect, but man, is this neutral staple having a moment. There are a few things at play behind this trend. First off, leather is pretty durable, and it’s comfortable. And you don’t have to worry about every little stain in the same way you do with the off-white linen couch that was uber popular five years ago (been there, done that myself and never going back… I used to worry about people in dark jeans sitting on my sofa!).
So I think buttery caramel leather has become the compromise between form and function for a lot of people. Caramel leather has a ’70s vibe that’s very on-trend in the world of style right now.
Art On Art
Gallery arrangements are still the choice over the sofa or blank living room wall treatment. Though Insta is now showing us that tapestries and neon signs are also totally fair game to bring into the mix of framed prints, paintings and drawings.
Considering this expansion, there’s more of a balance between framed and unframed pieces than ever, and compositions are much looser on the whole. Oh, and white walls are still king for living rooms on Instagram probably because they offer the greatest flexibility for the least amount of work painting, since so many apartments and homes have white walls to begin with.
Solid Coffee Table
A few years ago it seemed like everyone (including me) had the clear acrylic CB2 Peekaboo Table. And they’re still around a bit. But I think Instagram helped kill this trend off. Because ghost tables and chairs simply don’t photograph that well. Most people use these pieces because they want them to recede into space, making a room seem visually lighter.
But Instagram is all about the vivid picture—not the actual way a room functions. Clear is complicated so these days, it’s marble-topped or light colored coffee tables that are having their moment. They’re still pretty airy, visually speaking, thanks to their largely white tops and often leggy metal or wood bases. But they are substantial enough to pop in a picture, so there you go.