Meagan Cooperman of ADJ Interiors

What are you excited about in design right now?
One of the main things we’ve been focusing on is layering. Since the pandemic, there have been a lot of redecorating projects, and many people are looking to repurpose items they already have. If you strip things down and slowly add pieces back, you can breathe new life into them. It can be as simple as switching up a paint color and then adding layers like wall covering and artwork in different placements to make them feel new again.

How do you like to layer design?
I often tell my clients that design is kind of like picking an outfit. A great pair of jeans and a T-shirt can be styled so many different ways; you can make it preppy, glam or chic depending on the accessories you pick. Your interior design can be topped off the same way you would an outfit with jewelry, so don’t be afraid to accessorize your home. I like to start with a classic base and then work in layers that reflect a homeowner’s personal style. You can create the foundation for a unique, personalized space with just wall color, artwork and a lamp, and you haven’t even brought in your furniture, textiles and other elements yet.

Do you have suggestions for where homeowners can start?
I always encourage people to strip their shelves and surfaces. Take it all down, and re-evaluate the items you have. Make a pile of what you love and another of stuff you can do without. In the first pile, you’ll find your personal style. From there, you can use that as a guide and build off those items. Maybe you’ll discover you want to search for new elements, or you might find new ways to use what you have. I think you’ll be surprised by what you find. Another great starting point can be looking at design blogs. You can find so much inspiration.

Are there trending styles that compliment layering?
Right now, we’re seeing a lot of design that implements a classic backdrop mixed in with elements that make the environment more you. At ADJ Interiors, we take an American modern approach, but it doesn’t have to be any particular style. Post-pandemic interiors are all about coziness, comfort and functionality. I think things tend to be a little more eclectic when you take a layering approach, which reflects my personal style. I like to bring together modern and antique elements that pop on an elegant, black and white backdrop.

Are there any trends on their way out?
We’re seeing that people no longer want all-white interiors where everything is pristine and perfect. Spaces where people are afraid to sit or disturb anything have been done. Homeowners want guests to come over and feel comfortable, so they’re looking for items that are more durable, casual and functional but still beautiful. It’s out with perfection and in with coziness, function and togetherness.