Trend Spotting: Cast Shadows

Featuring a barely-there palette, this trend centered on subtlety glorifies nature, water and organic forms. The Cast Shadows trend privileges strong form and soft color.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
July 31, 2017
Related To:

Photo By: Tosti Studios

Photo By: Brian Kellogg

Photo By: Mirador Group

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Photo By: Lisa Russman Photography

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

Photo By: Marisa Vitale Photography

Photo By: Marisa Vitale Photography

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Brittany Ambridge

Photo By: Jane Beiles

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Photo By: CB2

©Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

©Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Ryan Garvin

Photo By: Laure Joliet Photography

Photo By: Caitlin Murray

Photo By: Laure Joliet

Photo By: Laure Joliet

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Erin Williamson

Photo By: Jason Kisner; Design by Steven Miller ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Sarah Sweeney

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Belathée Photography

Photo By: Pantone

Photo By: Dan Cutrona

Photo By: Muuto

Photo By: Pantone

Neutral Elegance

Defined by architectural, structural details and the barely-there color of tinted neutrals, Cast Shadows is a design trend that blends industrial and natural elements.

Soft Color

Mosaic tile creates a contrasting grid pattern for a striking floor in this elegant bathroom. Marble tiles are used on the walls for a sophisticated, monochromatic look, while white sinks keep the space light and airy. Metallics, from the brass light fixtures and mirrors to the gold faucets and plumbing, bring an updated feel to the space.  

Goodbye Shower Curtains

A metal casement shower brings a strong, architectural focus to this Cast Shadows bathroom. Another focus of Cast Shadows: unadorned windows that allow light to flow in.

Modern Black Marble

This renovated shower features black marble tiles to bring a strong, graphic approach to the bath.

Touch of Gold

Sleek gold fixtures are one way to balance Cast Shadows' emphasis on its pared-back gray, black, white and mineral color palette.

The Richness of Marble

The complex natural striations and minimalist color palette of marble is the perfect Cast Shadows element in this living room. Cast Shadows celebrates the irregularity and imperfection of nature found in elements like this marble fireplace surround.

Soft Gray

Though some of the architecture is traditional, the use of a consistent gray palette and an architecturally interesting light fixture give this home office a Cast Shadows dimension.

Sleek Black and White

A refined palette of black and white gives this Cast Shadows kitchen a modern look.

Industrial-Meets-Farmhouse Look

Subtle chalky finishes in mineral shades define this kitchen island. The metal and glass light fixtures add an additional Cast Shadows feel to this modern, open kitchen.

Invisible Kitchen

Minimal Scandinavian monochromatic finishes, an abundance of wood and appliances and fixtures that disappear define this Cast Shadows kitchen.

Matte Black Kitchen

Matte black is a major feature of the Cast Shadows kitchen.

Streamlined Design

Matte black barn style sconces hang above polished nickel mirrors in this bathroom with whitewashed wood walls. Simple, black granite serves as the countertop and backsplash. This is streamlined Cast Shadows design at its finest.

Midcentury Style With Modern Edge

A mixture of pendant lights featuring matte black finishes and copper accents bring a modern, fresh industrial twist to this sleek kitchen design. A row of bar chairs at the island creates cozy eat-in space in the natural light from the sliding glass doors. Neutral tones elevate the calm, timeless feel of the design. 

Minimalist Planters

These contemporary planters give a sleek but industrial look to any indoor or outdoor space.

Neutrals With a Touch of Gold

A touch of gold helps to bring additional interest to this place setting featuring bronze, silver and champagne tones.

Open Storage

Instead of basic plastic options to provide storage on bookshelves, choose those with vintage, industrial appeal such as these in wire or in welded steel, to create an open, industrial Cast Shadows effect.

Ethereal Glass

With their subtle color and beach glass look, these vessels exemplify the Cast Shadows interest in light, ethereal, natural elements in the home.

Beach Color

With associations to water, this soft blue shows the Cast Shadows emphasis on mineral tones and subtle hues.

A Mix of Shapes

An assortment of handmade matte ceramic vessels brings the Cast Shadows look to this tranquil vignette.

Sophisticated Black

This black place setting brings pared-down elegance to the table.

Play of Textures

Shades of gray and white create a calm and stylish look in this master bedroom. A herringbone accent wall brings texture to the design behind a gray upholstered headboard and layered throw pillows. Two stone-based lamps add a unique touch, and light from the window and French doors creates a natural brightness.

Minimalist Luxury

A master bedroom is tucked away on the top floor of this home, where a clever built-in dresser saves floor space. Textiles are neutral with Cast Shadows gold accents, and the circular mirror over the bed is a nice complement to the geometric light fixture, another distinctive Cast Shadows element.

Black Metal Rules

This deconstructed canopy bed is the perfect representation of the Cast Shadows blend of minimalism and matte black metal touches.

Marble Look

Natural finishes, movement and color are a strong feature of Cast Shadows as seen in this faux marble pillow.


Geodes, marble, geometrics and mineral shades give Cast Shadows an earth-bound, natural feel even when elements like this lamp are polished and manufactured.

Gold Metal Accents

This contemporary kitchen features sleek forest green cabinets paired with gold accents, like the cone shaped pendant lights. Two teal leather stools with gold metal legs are positioned at the black marble kitchen island, while the gray floor tiles are arranged in a stylish herringbone pattern.

Concrete Countertops

Poured concrete countertops are a distinctive feature of the Cast Shadows trend. The play of gold and architectural wallpaper intensifies the trend in this bathroom.

Comfort Meets Style

An edgy brass chandelier is centered above a large white soaking tub in this beautiful master bathroom, creating an ideal spot for relaxation. A dark stone wall treatment serves as the backdrop for the bathing area, giving the otherwise posh and glamorous space a splash of earthiness.

Black Accents

This master bathroom features a black and white color palette, a floating vanity and a white bathtub in a nice balance of hard and soft.

Marbled Wallpaper

A brass mirror frame, brass faucet and knobs, and brass flower vase pop as an accent metallic against the white marble countertop and marbled wallpaper above this powder room vanity.

Black Kitchens Are In

Rich black, enameled cabinetry with accents of Peruvian walnut are the dramatic cornerstone of this kitchen. The sophisticated look is completed with brushed and polished metal hardware, white stone counters and geometric glass tiles, while a custom quartz crystal-encrusted ceiling cove crowns the space.

Blond Wood

The Cast Shadows look is defined by a lack of heaviness and the use of raw wood, glass and other ethereal touches to keep the style feeling light and airy.

Soft Color Range

The Scandinavian company Muuto understands the blend of delicate color and strong, almost midcentury modern lines that blend so beautifully together in the Cast Shadows trend.

Barely There White

A white with yellow undertones adds dimension to the pale mineral colors that also define Cast Shadows.

Wood Paneling

A new approach to heavy wood paneling, this blond wood and softer furniture and accessories keep things soft and light.

Seafoam Style

A delicate, pleasing shade of seafoam green gives a natural cast to these Muuto matte white housewares.


A soft seafoam green is the perfect companion to grays and vanillas and seashell pinks.

Light Is Central

Blending inside and outside, allowing strong sunlight to permeate rooms is a central feature of Cast Shadows.

Cool Tones

Cast Shadows colors like this seashell pink, tend toward the cool range.

Glass + Matte

This vase from Muuto with its blend of ethereal, barely-there tinted glass and a matte base typifies the ethereal-meets-earthy approach of Cast Shadows.

Trend-Setting Pink

A new softer pink is appearing in design trends beyond Cast Shadows. This new pink does demonstrate how Cast Shadows embraces a more feminine approach to the industrial look, and balances the trend's more hard-edged elements.

Bring in the Light

Dramatic light fixtures, whether with matte black metal cages or ones that emphasize glass and light and lend an ethereal dimension to a room are a great way of bringing an instant Cast Shadows element to your space.

Sculptural Chair

This structural chair in gray from Muuto shows the embrace of soft color and strong form in Cast Shadows.

Raw Wood and Light

Raw, unfinished wood in bedrooms, kitchens and baths and mirrors and clear glass globe lamps that cast light and shadow throughout the room are features of Cast Shadows.

Matte Ceramics

These on-trend matte ceramics by the Scandinavian design firm Muuto show the Cast Shadows look at work in home decor.

The New Industrial

Cast Shadows is in many ways a new twist on industrial but with a prettier, more feminine edge.

Shades of Gray

Whether in linen, cast iron or matte ceramics, authoritative, often chalky grays are a common feature of the Cast Shadows trend.

Midcentury Elements With Modern Vibe

Unique accents in this space, such as live greenery, the geode and blown glass bowls add personality and finish off the Cast Shadows look.


A muted sand can be an ideal background wall color or an element to blend with grays, soft pinks and mineral blues in a Cast Shadows room.

Geode Wallpaper

Striking geode wallpaper shows the Cast Shadows interest in natural forms and colors.

Moody Gray

This rich gray with blue undertones reoccurs as a background color but also in Cast Shadows accessories.

Muted, Painterly Shades

Calm, mineral shades define this bedroom vignette.

Matte Black and Gray

The Scandinavian design firm Muuto uses soft, barely-there mineral shades paired with matte grays and blacks to powerful Cast Shadows effect in this dining room vignette.

A Clean Gray

This soft gray is a wonderful balance to the subtle, mineral shades of the Cast Shadows spectrum.

Shop This Look