Boston's Top Interior Design Trends, Presented by Douglas Elliman

By Christina Najjar | October 3, 2018 | Home & Real Estate

Interior Design is experiencing an exciting time. Gone are the old world rules that dominated design thinking, and in comes a new wave of cutting-edge trends.

Stepping into a gorgeous home for the first time is like seeing a blank canvas. One imagines what it would be like to live there, placing imaginary furniture and decoration to get a better sense of how a house might become a home. What’s most exciting is identifying and playing with macro design trends of the moment to make a home truly stand out.

We enlisted the brilliant eye of esteemed Boston Interior Designer, Paula Daher, to paint a picture of how one might leverage major design trends of the moment. Paula is known for her natural eye, elegance, and creativity, all of which are reflected readily in her range of beautiful work. She leads her award winning design firm in Boston where she knows the styles and tones of every neighborhood, but her prestige and skill mean she is often overseas with large-scale international projects. Paula is particularly excited about a few trends: Contemporary Open Kitchens, Grey as the New Neutral and Transitional style.

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1 Franklin Street, Unit 3707

“The contemporary high gloss white kitchen is paired with what has become a major trend in kitchen islands, the waterfall top. The light stone with large veining on the island top is durable and creates drama with the mitered edges of the top making the stone feel as if it continuing or water falling over the edges to the floor.”

11 Reiling Pond Road

“Today ’s trend in contemporary kitchens is shown perfectly in this open concept kitchen. Cabinets have simple, slab front doors and drawers, the layout is highly functional and ergonomic. The simple slab doors create visual interest and texture with the mix of high-gloss lacquer fronts with the red upper cabinets, the natural maple at the island (I think the species is maple, difficult to explore the photo for small details) and matte finish white painted cabinets. This kitchen could live as easily as it does in this lovely suburban environment as it would in a high-rise.

A wonderful contemporary home that respects the environment with both its use of materials and physical footprint on the lot. The open kitchen/living space blends seamlessly into the outdoors giving the would-be homeowner an easy, casual space to entertain."

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1 Avery Street

“Fresh grey walls are a contemporary backdrop to more traditional furnishings, creating a transitional home. The finishes of the condo lean toward the traditional but with the fresh grey walls, a new buyer would feel at home in this transitional envelope with amazing views beyond.”


57 Constellation Wharf

“The last few years have brought the color grey as the “new neutral” that this home so beautifully exemplifies. The subtle cool grey backdrop allows the creamy white cabinets take center stage and the lovely mid-tone brown hardwood floors add another current element to the overall design aesthetic in this waterfront home.”

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1 Avery Street

“Today, transitional is a buzzword used frequently in interior design as it aptly captures the essence of blending contemporary with traditional.”


11 Reiling Pond Road

“The lack of wood casing around the window and door openings contributes to the overall modernity of the home and echoes what is very current in contemporary spaces throughout the country. This home is a beautiful example of a contemporary home that feels warm and inviting!”


1 Franklin Street, Unit 2601

"A beautiful example of high-rise living at its finest. This unit has a bleached white oak floor, a soft and subtle color that works well in a contemporary space. I have seen the trend with bleached white oak floors brought from northern European countries out to the West Coast and now firmly planted here on the East coast."

Photography by: Photography Courtesy of Douglas Elliman