The way Trump decorates the Oval Office could influence design trends across the entire US

  • Some White House administrations, such as Kennedy's, have had a lasting cultural impact on interior design.
  • Architectural Digest recently examined how President Donald Trump is affecting interior design.
  • AD notes that upcoming trends might "be conciliatory rather than reactionary."  

 
The interior design choices made in the White House can have lasting effects on American culture.

That's according to writer Kim Velsey, who examines the effects of the Trump White House on interior design trends in an Architectural Digest article.

There's reason to believe the Trumps' choices could have an outsized effect. For instance, former First Lady Jackie Kennedy — who worked with designer Sister Parish to redecorate the White House — helped define the quintessential "American country style," sometimes referred to as "shabby chic."

On the other hand, administrations such as George W. Bush's had little to no impact on design. 

Velsey looks at how the Trumps have decorated their past homes, the current White House, and comments on how, psychologically, the administration might be affecting the American public's design decisions. She, along with interior designers, notes that changes are coming, and that these trends will "be conciliatory rather than reactionary."

A 1995 interior photo of the lavish West Palm Beach mansion Mar-A-Lago, owned by Donald Trump.Marc Serota/Reuters

Trump's interior design style has been known for its incorporation of marble floors, chandeliers, and 24-karat gold trimmings. Peter York, the author of "Dictator Style," which examines the interior design choices of 16 dictators from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, declared Trump's penthouse in Trump Tower as "dictator style.

Velsey notes that larger trends will go against that gaudy aesthetic: "The predominant trends of the coming year will favor authenticity and softer, elegant lines, as well as antiques and eclecticism," she writes.

This eclecticism, or mixture of styles — creating rooms that incorporate various patterns, colors, and an overall not-matching look — focuses more on each individual piece's story. "People want things that have meaning," designer Maxime Vandal told Architectural Digest. 

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (L) checks her phone after taking a photo as US President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office of the White House before a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 8: In this handout from the The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Washington, DC: With a familiar prop autographed by the 1982 University of Southern California football team, President Reagan, 71, duplicates his style at age 29 when he appeared as the Gipper in a film, Knute Rockne - All American. The president in the Oval Office in March 1982.
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 11: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) U.S. President Gerald R. Ford takes a call at his desk in the Oval Office on August 11, 1974 in Washington, D.C. The bookshelves are empty due to ex-President Richard M. Nixon's staff packing up two days prior. Ford stepped into office as president on August 9th after the resignation of Nixon. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/ Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The White House released this picture showing President Kennedy watching his 18-month-old son, John Jr., prancing about in the Chief Executive's office. Members of the staff said John Jr. emerged from his crawling stage about two weeks ago and began walking.
WASHINGTON, : U.S. President Bill Clinton(R) shows his batting stance to former St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Stan Musial (L) in the Oval Office 06 May, 1993. Musial presented Clinton with the bat and some other memorabilia. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
President Reagan tests out his new putter, given to him by recent U.S. Open winner Ray Floyd.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 9: In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama plays with Sarah Froman, daughter of Nancy Goodman and Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, in the Oval Office on July 9, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - MARCH 3: In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama examines the Resolute Desk while visiting with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg recalling the famous photograph, her brother John F. Kennedy Jr., peeking through the FDR panel, while his father President Kennedy worked, in the Oval Office of the White House on March 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)
Malcolm Forbes, Republican candidate for Governor in New Jersey, his wife, four sons and one daughter are greeted at the White House by President Eisenhower on whom they paid a call today. (L-R): Robert, 8, Timothy, 4, Malcolm Jr. (Steve), 10, Moira, 2, Mrs. Forbes, Mr. Forbes, and President Dwight Eisenhower.
WASHINGTON - MARCH 4: In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama plays with a football in the Outer Oval Office of the White House on March 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)
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Gold, brass, and black paint are also having a moment — along with Pantone's color of the year: Ultra Violet — a deep purple hue. Although Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman told the Associated Press that the 2018 color choice speaks to rebellion rather than royalty, there's no denying purple's long association with royals

The Trumps' own redesign of the White House has gone on trend — incorporating various elements from past presidencies. Inside the current Oval Office, pictured below, is a blend of styles and antiques — Trump has adopted the Resolute desk (used by seven past presidents), the younger Bush's couches, Ronald Reagan's rug, Bill Clinton's gold drapes, and Lyndon B. Johnson's Bronco Buster.

But just because he's using other presidents' pieces doesn't mean his style isn't his own.

RELATED: The president's renovations 

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The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Park Service employer paints the White House during a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The West Wing lobby of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Picture of Franklin Roosevelt is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The West Wing lobby of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The West Wing lobby of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential desk is seen in the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential chair (higher than others) is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A chandelier is seen outside the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A worker walks past the South Portico porch stairs of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A worker cleans the South Portico porch stairs of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The South Portico porch steps of the White House are seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
New wallpapers are seen in the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential chair (higher than others) is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential desk is seen in the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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