February 1, 2023
  • NYC inside designer Bennett Leifer outlined what’s in and what’s out proper now.
  • Textured partitions, hand-painted wallpaper, and daring headboards create refined luxurious that individuals need.
  • However the all-white look and overdressed home windows have fallen out of favor.

Folks throughout New York Metropolis, the Hamptons, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut  searching for whimsical but subtle interiors name on Bennett Leifer.

Leifer, who based his New York Metropolis-based inside design agency almost a decade in the past, has his finger on the heartbeat of the design whims and desires of his shoppers, and people waning in recognition. 

He spoke with Insider about what his shoppers are searching for of their properties now, and the drained developments they’re prepared to go away behind.

In: Handmade and sudden touches

Two rooms with hand-painted wallpaper designed by Leifer.

Handmade particulars are in. Simply take a look at these two rooms with hand-painted wallpaper designed by Leifer.

Bennett Leifer Interiors (left), Josh McHugh



The minimalist white field aesthetic that was so in style 5 years in the past has given option to an appreciation for textures and strategies that embrace an Outdated World model of expertise. 

“I feel persons are wanting their areas to really feel wealthy and distinctive to them,” Leifer mentioned. “They do not essentially wish to add a daring print to the wall, they do not essentially wish to paint a wild colour. However they do wish to have this refined luxurious — we’re calling it private richness.”

He is used hand-painted wallpaper that options imagery private to his shoppers and handmade Italian tiles laid in a sample to mirror the roof of an adjoining New York Metropolis constructing that may be seen by way of a window. 

Decrease-lift tasks embody including Venetian plaster to partitions fairly than the usual paint job and including velvet trim across the baseboard and door of a room so as to add in that “private richness.”

In: Assertion-making headboards

Two rooms with statement-making headboards designed by Leifer.

Leifer has created bespoke, outsized headboards for 2 shoppers just lately.

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Leifer’s shoppers are extra focused on huge, daring headboards than ever earlier than. 

He sees it as a response to the rise in catalog and on-line procuring and the pandemic’s impact on the availability chain. 

“There was this entire wave in direction of getting the search for much less, however then I feel folks began seeing loads of the identical factor,” he mentioned, including that supply-chain points inflated the “emotional frustration” of adorning a house.

“That is the place I personally suppose loads of the curiosity in making these distinctive, private moments happened,” he mentioned.

Leifer has crafted an outsized arched headboard that mirrored a form featured within the room’s wallpaper. The outsized headboard is a chance to be playful. 

“You may convey levity into the design in a method that is not like turning it into a child’s room,” he mentioned.

In: Useful items

A woman sits in an ergonomic chair in a home office.

Useful items, like ergonomic chairs, are successful out over simply design-minded items.

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On this period of the Instagram-perfect dwelling, it is tempting to eschew purposeful furnishings for one thing that is extra aesthetically pleasing. 

However Leifer mentioned his shoppers have gotten extra sensible than that. Living proof: The ergonomic chair, which is not actually recognized for its attractiveness. 

“I am seeing extra demand for issues being what they need to be and extra aware selections when it comes to well being selections,” he mentioned. “For instance, we’re doing a research and we’re shopping for the prettiest ergonomic chairs we will discover, as a result of it is necessary to have good again assist. Whereas up to now, it could have been a membership chair model on a swivel caster base.”

Herman Miller’s Aeron chair is the gold customary for ergonomic chairs, and is about as streamlined-looking as they arrive. They begin round $1,200. Department Furnishings’s more cost effective choices begin round $330. 

Out: All-white every little thing

A kitchen with white paint, white cabinets, and white countertops.

Defaulting to white is out. As an alternative, Leifer mentioned it is change into a extra intentional alternative to make use of white.

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Leifer mentioned his shoppers aren’t utilizing white as a fallback anymore, however fairly an intentional determination. It boils right down to folks, after spending just a few years at dwelling, actually desirous to have a personalised house that speaks to their very own aesthetic.

“If you happen to’re utilizing it, it is an intentional determination,” he mentioned. Whereas shoppers are nonetheless focused on white kitchen cabinetry and white bogs, as an example, it is as a result of “they need it to really feel crisp,” and never simply because it is an outdated standby.

Out: Overdone curtains

A fancy living room with whispy hanging curtains.

Overdone window therapies are out, Leifer mentioned.

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Be gone tassels and reams of drapes: Simplicity and intention are the secret in the case of dressing up home windows now. 

“It has to complete an area to a sure diploma,” Leifer mentioned, however shoppers aren’t falling again on the outdated rulebook. 

As an alternative they’re curious to experiment with new touches, just like the challenge the place Leifer’s utilizing bronze casings round home windows. It is not dressing home windows for the sake of dressing them — it is all about intention.