Stunning Interior Design Elements That Designers Are Obsessing Over

Find out which decor elements interior designers just can't get enough of — and why!

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May 15, 2018
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Tropical Print

From throw pillows and cozy blankets, to framed wall art and even wow-factor wallpaper, this tropical palm pattern is quickly becoming one of the top go-to patterns for interior designers. Add a tropical print accent in your home to create a fresh, summery feel that lasts all year long. BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $39

Plaid Accents

Plaid settees make a statement at this sleek wood-and-glass dining table. Interior designer, Jennifer Glickman explains, "When engaging with my clients’ spaces, I like to start with the language of the architecture and then harmonize it with interiors that blend three juxtapositions: old and new, classic and trendy, masculine and feminine. I love the use of plaid because there are so many timeless plaids that mix well in any space and can live in that space as it evolves over the years." BUY IT: One Kings Lane, $895

Crisp, White Linens

Nothing quite spells sophistication like white bed linens. This underrated designer go-to is universally appealing for all interiors, easy to throw in the wash and gives a space a feeling of tidiness. Check, check and check. BUY IT: The Company Store, $19-$136

Antique Accents

You’d be hard-pressed to find an interior designer that doesn’t incorporate antique finds and heirloom treasures in their designs. The contrast between old (or made to look old) and new elements instantly elevates a space into a personalized, one-of-a-kind design. We’re taken with this lively, orange-lacquered dresser which sports an aged mirror and antique, glass jewelry boxes. BUY IT: The Container Store, $14.99-$29.99

Subway Tile

"Subway tile works as it's a classic, no-fail go-to," says interior designer, Kristina Crestin. She continues, "You know you can’t go wrong. I find it a flexible element to bring into many interiors, from more modern spaces to traditional spaces. I think sometimes clients want something that is a neutral element in the room to layer over other more trendy elements, so it makes a great backdrop for other elements."

Blue + White Chinoiserie

Ceramic blue and white accessories are designer favorites for a reason. Wendy Blackband of Blackband Design shares, "Blue and white [accessories] are a go-to in our designs to add a touch of classic style and a pop of color. Chinoiseries also bring in a layer of well-traveled sophistication with their Asian and European history and intricate detailing. The vibrant blue and bright white hues pair beautifully with all wood tones, so these porcelains can be incorporated in many different vignettes." BUY IT: Ballard Designs, $99-$189

Soaking Tubs

Statement-making and spa-worthy, a sleek, freestanding soaking tub is a must for a designer-worthy ensuite. Trust us, this investment will be worth every penny. BUY IT: The Home Depot, $799


Picking out kitchen and bathroom finishes can be a tricky task, but we’re here to take the guess work out for you. Smooth, snowy-white marble will always be a safe bet, regardless of whether you’re a midcentury-modern man or a tried-and-true traditionalist. We’re partial to white marble because it’s a clean slate with classic appeal.

Rich Hardwood Floors

Fact No. 1: Everyone regrets the installation of shag carpeting. Fact No. 2: No one regrets installing stunning, richly-stained hardwood flooring. Classic, homey, versatile and warm are just a few adjectives that come to mind when daydreaming of this stylish designer staple.

Major Mirrors

Large, leaning mirrors make a world of difference for small spaces. Case and point? This large floor-length mirror visually expands this space, while streamlined furniture surrounds a gold coffee table for a comfortable seating area. Add an oversized mirror in your foyer, living room or master suite for the same grand effect. BUY IT: Anthropologie, $398+

Coffee Table Books

Do as the designers do, and build a glossy, glamorous coffee book collection. Not sure where to begin? This is one instance where judging a book by its cover is A-okay. Books with busy patterns or loud colors can take away from your design and leave your space feeling cluttered. For a clean, cohesive space, be mindful of your interior colors and look for covers that complement them.

Floral Wallpaper

Who says floral wallpaper is reserved for your grandmother's house? In this foyer, delicate floral wallpaper feels crisp and fresh accented by flat white accessories and a pale wood table. This tried and true print was all the rage 100 years ago, and designers manage to find fun, fashionable ways to use it today. That's a classic in our book. BUY IT: Anthropologie, $198

High-Style Hardware

When it comes to show-stopping design, it’s all in the (tiny) details, friends. Case and point: this warm kitchen, featuring bright-white, lacquered cabinetry and beautiful, brass hardware throughout. Swoon much? We have a hunch that this space would not deliver the same wow-factor with basic, builder-grade hardware.

Crisp Canisters

A designer go-to in the kitchen? White or clear countertop canisters deliver an effortless, chic look that is adaptable for any and all design styles. The best part? Your favorite cookies are always within reach. BUY IT: west elm, $19-39

Luxe Lucite

Designers look to lucite to create a modern-luxe look and to lighten up dark and/or small spaces. Lucite is ideal for petite pads as its translucent appearance lends it to sleek pieces that add function to a space, without overwhelming or adding bulk to the design. BUY SIMILAR:, $269

Fine Light Fixtures

A stylish, curated light fixture collection is a must in all designer digs. Customize your space with hand-picked fixtures throughout, and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Prime example: this contemporary kitchen with a striking, midcentury chandelier and chic, brass wall sconces.

Wild Prints

Leopard print is a neutral as far as we’re concerned. Animal prints add a touch of natural beauty to any space, and with the right design-eye, this wild element will never go out of style. BUY IT: Etsy, $45+

Twin Table Lamps

Two is better than one, at least as far as table lamps are concerned. Add an identical set of table lamps to your entry or sofa table to create instant symmetry. The results are stylish and intentional, in the best way.

Built-in Shelves

Designers never miss an opportunity to create spaces that are stylish and fit their clients’ everyday needs. Built-in shelves add a timeless, custom quality to homes and offer endless storage options — all without taking up any valuable square footage in the process.

Little Lacquer Boxes

Add unexpected color to neutral spaces, and tidy up your coffee table all in one fell swoop. Sleek little lacquer boxes are easy, glam solutions for hiding stray bits and baubles on your vanity or for storing that wandering television remote in the living room. BUY SIMILAR: Gilt, $70

Gussied-Up Bar Cart

Designers delight over a well-styled (and well-stocked!) bar cart, and we’re right there with them! Not only does a bar cart add an instant touch of glamour, but it makes entertaining a cinch. Add a cart to any boring, lacking corner in your home, and watch it quickly become your favorite spot in the house. BUY IT: World Market, $199

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