Enchanted Forest, one of this year’s Top 5 Hard Surface Design Trends, is the aesthetic equivalent of a walk in the woods. Immersing ourselves with nature's restorative benefits feels good right now. While inviting the outdoors in is nothing new, the look's dramatic elements mix with modern nuance in a love affair with color and mood. The result is refreshingly inspired spaces that are layered with sophistication.
Looks and feels aside, the true north in the Enchanted Forest playbook is versatility. Whether you’re planning a reboot of your suburban home or reinventing a city apartment you purchased on impulse, we’re diving into this trend so you can bring it home and make it personal.
Our design team’s trend board shows off how well these materials interplay.
1. Calming to the eye, the palette is organic and flush with greens that enliven and soothe. Moss and emerald brighten up cabinets, walls, and backsplashes the same way they bring life to the forest floor. Known for their tonic-like effect, expect to see more of these earthy pigments in 2021.
2. Dark & moody shades like dark charcoal and black lend character and sophistication to quartz countertops –– a striking contrast against the trend’s lighter wood tones and just as lovely next to green. Wallflower veins step aside this year; countertops are daring.
3. Blonde and ash wood tones on floors, furniture, shelves, and rustic beams add a fresh yet natural look.
4. Whether it’s a big leafy palm or a tiny succulent, this playbook is full of plant life. Botanists say plants help us acclimate during challenging times. Aesthetically, greenery lends the perfect rush of color against wood looks.
5. From pendants over the island to faucets and hardware, brushed brass accents maintain a warm color story.
6. Organic accents like sisal rugs, woven baskets, and rarified woods accessories (driftwood) dial up the outdoorsy side of Enchanted Forest interiors.
Earthy greens and wood tones meet with clean lines and industrial elements to make this kitchen one-of-a-kind. Renzo Jade backsplash.
A million miles from cookie-cutter, everything in this room is easy on the eyes. The abundant light from the oversized window reveals warm pigments. Mid-tone wood beams and accents mix with pale wood cabinets and floors. Switching up the island cabinet color adds another layer of interest. Not sure if you’re nailing this trend? Ask yourself, “would each element blend in outdoors?”
Achieve the look with our favorite surface choices.
Floors: Everlife Akadia Luxury Vinyl Tile, Cyrus Sandino, Cyrus Whitfield Gray, Caldera Grigia.Backsplash: Renzo Jade, Laurel Picket, Carbonita Subway.Countertops: Agatha Black, Black Forest, Cirrus Gray.Walls: White, Ivory, and Taupe Brickstone.
Modern farmhouses put our love of all things home and design into focus. Superfans far and wide adore this fresh, crisp, and bright design – created with a fusion of classic and modern influences.
The aesthetic is striking and ageless, in part because it embraces simplicity. And because natural stone and wood elements lend an earthy vibe to the high-contrast B&W color story. The result is interiors that feel warm and familiar in all the right ways. For these reasons and more, we feature the modern farmhouse this year in our Top 5 Design Trends.
Timeless details like barn wood and flea market finds mix with ultra-durable surfaces, and a ‘less is more’ philosophy to give families in 2020 a relaxed backdrop for today’s lifestyles.
See our vision come to life.
Ready to experiment with this style? We hope the designs and guides offered here and in our Lookbook set off creative sparks. Like all the best things in life, the modern farmhouse trend is up for interpretation. Designers and homeowners alike are fanning the flames of the obsession by mixing the five signature elements we showcase here in eye-catching ways. The takeaway? Have fun making it your own! There’s nothing like mutual admiration to keep the inspiration flowing, so tag your favorites on Instagram with #msisighting.
Calacatta Verona Q countertop has a luxe white marble vibe – especially against the island’s black cabinetry. Brushed brass fixtures add the perfect amount of sparkle.
Are you planning a single room refresh? Or a full-house remodel? The modern farmhouse black and white color palette is fresh, clean, and visually dramatic. With origins in Scandinavian design, the high-contrast look swings classic and sophisticated one minute, modern and edgy the next.
It never fails to impress: meet Azila Porcelain Tile from our Kenzzi Collection.
In rooms big and small, crisp white paint and tile deliver an expansive, open feel. Black & white patterned tile like Kenzzi shines on floors and walls. In the kitchen, it pairs well with subway tile, a matte black peripheral counter, and a white quartz island. Brushed brass hardware adds another layer of contrast. Rustic wood elements—open shelves, island cabinetry, and accent walls—make us love the duo even more.
Customer favorites: Arctic White, Kenzzi Paloma, Kenzzi Kasbah, Black Soapstone, and Calacatta Cressa 3D.
Cafe Nero from our Antoni Porcelain Tile collection and Kenzzi’s Paloma add timeless drama to this bath.
It’s not a modern farmhouse without a few iconic styles in the mix. From the clean lines of subway tile to generous-size apron sinks to the old world charm of encaustic tiles to the crispness of shiplap, signature elements in modern farmhouse design have enduring appeal. Oh, and let’s not forget white marble counters, floors, and walls. The bonus? Because classic design elements maintain their allure generation after generation, they help boost home values.
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