As you enter this stark 1970s brick home on quiet Richardson Street, you’ll find yourself greeted by a stunning visual treat. A wide range of colors, both warm and cool, flow through the interior, reflecting a botanical garden in full bloom with spring flowers. Furniture pieces curve and twist around each other to create a seamless, soft landscape. Even on this cloudy day, there is no sign of gray current here. The person behind this magic is Carissa Henderson, an interior designer from North Texas who promotes bold choices.
Home style trends have contrasted dramatically for decades, but the vein of vintage and bold color palettes is finally making a comeback. “Style is on a swing,” says Henderson, pointing to the eclectic items in his dining room.
She sits in front of a gallery wall painted pastel pink and emerald green and framed with prints of various sizes, noting how the design is cyclical. Starting around 2015, all-white interiors rose above other aesthetics. Her then-popular HGTV show sparked inspiration. But even that designer is now leaning in a new direction. The further push towards grayscale tones was also fueled by the pace of mass production as brands realized that neutral tones could be sold to everyone. (Plus, neutral colors are cheaper to manufacture.) But color reflects personality, and that seems to be missing in 2023. Look at parking today compared to his 1970s and his 80s, when blue and red cars were the norm. Now it’s completely grayscale. White is on top, followed by silver, then black. BASF, one of the leading suppliers in the architectural paint industry, has compiled data showing that white, silver, black and gray currently account for 80% of the colors of vehicles on the planet.
But things are starting to change and color is making a comeback. Henderson first noticed a shift in his interior designs towards bold color styles and patterns during the height of the pandemic. “I think people wanted to express themselves in their homes,” she says. This makes sense, given that most people in society have been stuck indoors for months and needed a way to personally define their space. As the home office becomes a necessity, the need for mental clarity and introspection through design has surfaced. Suddenly, design has an even more profound impact on our well-being. Henderson points out that around that time, home design accounts on social media went viral by displaying murals on every wall paired with loud accessories. Home decor became project-based, with people creating their own side tables resembling fluffy mushrooms and handmade headboards made of pool noodles and velvet. But Henderson says the large scale of mixing and combinations may have peaked, as people are now settling at about the halfway point. A place between simple, neutral design and amplified aesthetics.
A self-described “minimalist-maximalist,” Henderson has made her home an enchanting space where every room feels like a surprise from an “I Spy” book. She has a rhythm of mixing opposite shades into complementary colors. Her furniture is an eclectic mix of vintage and modern, with lamps that reflect light like disco balls, cowhide armchairs, seats that resemble the legs of Dr. Seuss characters, and asymmetrical murals mounted above. There are paintings from the Renaissance era. A blue fireplace in the center.
Her style readjusts over time, but always stays true to the balance that brings character to a room. What is her definition of minimalist/maximalist? She incorporates bold statement pieces, such as curvaceous sofas, large artwork, and unusually shaped accent pillows, and pairs them with neutral hues. Rather than endless accessories surrounding and cluttering the home, these statement pieces will satisfy her imagination without inhibiting it.
Working with clients is more than just creating a new space with them, it is a therapeutic emotional milestone. Most of Henderson’s customers are people who buy fixer-uppers with simple features and want something that stands out while hosting. The majority of her clients are single women who are first-time homeowners and ready to celebrate their accomplishments. She’s used to her initial hesitations, but rather than start small, Henderson always ramps up the intensity in her renderings in her first draft and scales her down from there. Once she gets over her initial shock, the client gets excited and gets used to mixing patterns and colors.
“[My clients] They were encouraged by seeing homes on TV or in magazines, and now their home becomes that home every day,” Henderson said. Her technique truly sets her work apart from her typical residential design experience. Instead of simplifying small areas of the home, she realized that by adding bold touches, she could enhance compact spaces and bring a sense of grandeur. Adding a mural to a closet or bright paint to a low ceiling draws attention to creativity rather than size. “The key is not to be afraid to attack those spaces.”
One of Mr. Henderson’s most meaningful interactions with clients was with a woman who had just immigrated to the United States and realized her dream of owning a home. Her client cried tears of joy when she saw her first draft created by Henderson. This design was the result of everything she went through to own a place that reflected her inner self. As Henderson spends time with each individual, her clients gain the confidence to handle more space alone and lose their fear of failure. “Once you get over that first DIY and realize what a big difference it makes, it creates a snowball effect,” says Henderson.
Aside from his one-on-one classes, Henderson, who did not attend design school and is self-taught, also teaches courses on design, including a five-segment course called “Bold on a Budget.” She has always had a strong sense of style, and she studied fashion merchandising in college, which explains her instinct for art. Ms. Henderson started her experiment in her home in 2016 and realized her own passion. And in 2020, she opened her Instagram account, cleverly named @aboldnewhue, to develop her portfolio and enter the design community. “I feel like I’ve finally achieved my purpose,” she says. “Whenever it’s difficult, the situation keeps me going.”
Henderson’s courses help clients narrow down the different types of inspiration they find and prevent them from becoming overwhelmed. She encourages her clients to “find a consistency of inspiration.” [they] Love. ” Together they create a color palette, analyze the space and make a plan. What is her advice for those who love some “clash” style? Please use it in various rooms. She doesn’t think of home as sticking to her one theme and dulling her creativity. Her advice is to imagine her own home as a gallery wall. Each piece fits together, yet stands strong on its own, and each has its own story. There’s nothing wrong with pairing a 1700s painting with her modern Etsy prints. However, even for Henderson, these decisions are not easy. She tells her clients that “it’s okay to build your home gradually” because current trends and our personal styles are always evolving. After all, our homes are a reflection of our brains.
Henderson often draws inspiration from the second-hand market, and is interested in seeing how trends determine prices for the average seller on Facebook Marketplace. One week people are essentially giving away his grandmother’s wicker chest of drawers, and the next week it’s worth his $600. When asked about her favorite places to buy home decor and furniture, she mentions her H&M Home, Homaly, Vayou Furniture, TOV Home, and Zara Home. If you’re in the market for true high-quality vintage and OfferUp doesn’t have the enthusiasm for you, Chairish has everything from her $15,000 19th-century French sofa to a European-made stone carving of a lioness. The site offers everything from lamps to lamps.
For Henderson, home should be a muse. “I think that a home can be a source of inspiration, just like looking at a work of art. Your home can also be art. “It’s something that can be done,” she says. What better place to do that than at home?
Find Carissa Henderson on Instagram @aboldnewhue