Category: Trendcasting

Trendcasting: Geological Genius

Jared Sherman Epps JSE Blue Agate Wall Bathroom Design Decor Trend

A large agate mural is the focal point of this breathtaking bathroom from JSE Interior Design. 

The design world’s flirtation with geological decor has grown into a full-blown love affair. Rock forms, minerals, geodes, and– most commonly– agate have truly stolen our hearts. Why are we so drawn to these elements? Take agate as an example. 

Agate is simultaneously chaotic and systematic; it forms highly irregular organic shapes, within which are aligned perfect parallel bands of color. This balance of tumult and order is so pleasing to the eye, I can’t imagine the design community will abandon the trend any time soon. 

JSE Interior Design, helmed by owner Jared Sherman Epps, created the breathtaking bathroom shown above. They used a custom waterproof panel from Alex Turco on the back wall of the shower in lieu of standard tiles. The freeform organic shape and vivid blue of the agate mural perfectly complement the room’s sleek minimalism. The oversized scale of the mural demands your attention, while beautifully framing the room’s two windows. 

Apparatus Studio Zak + Fox Gabriel Hendifar Strata Study Wallpaper Fabric Agate Geological Decor Design Trend

Strata Study wallpaper from Apparatus and Zak + Fox. Photographer Michael Wells. 

The Strata Study fabric and wallpaper from Apparatus Studio and Zak + Fox was inspired by stratification, the layering of sedimentary rock and soil which naturally occurs over time. Gabriel Hendifar, co-founder of Apparatus, hand-painted the design for Strata Study. Perhaps because it draws upon the immemorial process of geological formation, this design feels timeless. It pairs with traditional and contemporary pieces alike, as evidenced by the gorgeous dining room above. 


Studio Bijoux Etage Rug Agate Amethyst Azure Geode Geological Mineral Crystal Decor Design Trend

Agate-inspired rugs from Studio Bijoux. Pictured in the Amethyst and Azure colorways.

Studio Bijoux designs these eye-catching Étage rugs, which mimic slices of Brazilian agate.The Étage’s irregular shape sets it apart, but it is close enough to a circle that it is easy to incorporate into a room. The rugs come in a variety of sizes, so you could use them for a multitude of purposes– from grounding a seating area or at the center of an entrance foyer.

Tonic Living Marbleized Quartz Pillow Fabric Agate Geode Mineral Crystal Geological Design Decor Trend

A pillow in Marbleized Quartz fabric from Tonic Living.

Tonic Living‘s Marbleized Quartz fabric also capitalizes on the geological trend. It plays with the undulating curves in marble and quartz stones. The pattern reminds me of the beautiful marbled pages that grace the endpapers of antique books. Tonic Living’s Marbleized Quartz fabric has hints of metallic to add to the glam factor. I love this fabric in pillow form (above), but it would also make for gorgeous curtains or upholstery.

Rock On Kimberly McDonald Circa Wallcovering Lace Agate Natural Geode Geological Mineral Crystal Design Decor Trend

Rock On wallpaper from Circa Wallcovering in Natural colorway.

Rock On, the wallpaper featured above, is the product of a collaboration between jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald and Circa Wallcovering’s Jamie Adler. The design was inspired by agate lace, but the pattern has been mirrored over and over again to create a kaleidoscopic effect. The paper is printed on silver mylar to add a bit of sparkle and shine.

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Trendcasting: Lacquered Walls

Lacquered walls are a long-standing design tradition, but in recent years, they have been making a resurgence. Designers like Miles Redd, Steven Gambrel, and Markham Roberts have helped reintroduce lacquered walls to the popular landscape.

The highly reflective finish of lacquer creates dimensionality, particularly when combined with a deeply saturated color like sapphire blue or emerald green. The liquidlike sheen is sumptuous, dramatic, and opulent.

True lacquer, as opposed to high gloss paint, must be applied by skilled professionals. The reflective finish magnifies any imperfections, so expert prep and application is a must. Check out some of my favorite lacquered walls below! 

Orange Red Lacquer Lacquered Walls Atlanta Homes Magazine Chinoiserie

Orange lacquered walls via Atlanta Homes Magazine

Aerin Lauder Black Lacquer Office Grey Slate Blue Lacquered Walls Steven Gambrel

Left: Aerin Lauder’s sophisticated black office via Elle Decor. Right: Blue-grey lacquered walls in Steven Gambrel’s W. 10th Street townhouse

Lee Ann Thornton Coastal Peacock Blue Butler's Pantry Lacquer Lacquered Walls Cabinets

A peacock blue butler’s pantry from Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

Emerald Green Lacquer Lacquered Walls Livia Mucchi Roberto Lioni Ark Pad

Emerald green lacquer via ArkPad

Steven Gambrel Peacock Blue Lacquer Lacquered Walls

A striking home library designed by Steven Gambrel. 

White Lacquer Lacquered Walls Black Herringbone Floors Navy Blue Lacquer Miles Redd

Left: White lacquered walls pop against black herringbone floors, via Westerman Farm. Right: Miles Redd’s navy blue lacquer, via Apartment Therapy

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