What Was Old is New Again in Decor Trends!
The beauty of design is its ability incorporate influences that enhance style and function and let you paint your own picture!
Let’s start with colours; the Pantone colour of the year, Classic Blue, but blue isn't everyone's cup of tea!
The”up-and-coming” colours are earth tones that bring out warmth and a connection to the great outdoors in the shades of olive greens, yellow ochres, and burnt oranges.
Furniture and accessories are reflecting the natural elements of wood, plants, and metals lend themselves to creating a calming, outdoorsy atmosphere. Incorporate some bold contrasts with dark shelving, doors or trim or a cozy, soft brown sofa. Embracing these tones will creative a grounded feeling to your room.
Floral wallpaper has been around, is around, and will continue to be around! It has varied from the granny flowers to flowerchild patterns of the 70s. Floral wallpaper with contemporary style can offer a wow factor to any wall. Current wallpaper patterns with an appeal for vibrant and contrasting colours are available in varying sizes and designs to suit many decor styles. Create character in your mid-century modern dining room with moody peonies on a dark backdrop. Brighten your opulent office with an accent wall of wildflowers. In small spaces, floral wallpaper will add interest and whimsy.
This year there has become an obsession with metals and mixing them takes the trend the next level. Furniture and finishings in tins, coppers, silvers, and golds, are prominent. To avoid metals from becoming an overwhelming feature in your room, there are some guidelines: when mixing warm metals like brass, gold and copper, and cool coloured metals like aluminum, silver, and stainless steel, choose one dominant colour and one accent colour. Neutral metals like cast iron and other black metals easily combine with both. Avoid incorporating more than three metals to mix and clustering different metals in only one part of your room, disperse your pieces across various horizontal and vertical areas.
Rattan & Wicker Furniture
Rattan and wicker offer warmth and charm and can be added into a variety of personal décor styles. Once considered only for outdoor furniture, rattan and wicker furniture invite in organic elements that layer well with other décor styles. Bring some elements of nature into a modern living room design a fabulous corner or add a bit of the beach to your office with a rattan bookshelf.
A throw back to the 60s and 70s, rounded furniture makes a modern appearance with lines and curves highlighting the beauty of each piece. The free form mid century modern designs will transition easily to designs incorporating waves, circles and curves as we yearn to bring more of the tranquil energy of nature into our homes.
Contrasting Décor and Layering It
Interior design is branching away from matching elements that offer subtle and neutral looks. We are seeing a time of for high contrast decorating using forms of colours, materials, and styles. This means if you’ve wanted to paint your foyer a bold blue (bring out the Pantone Classic Blue!) or cover your kitchen in loud tiles, go for it! The trick, like in most things is moderation to balance things out with contrasting solids and other timeless pieces.
Matching old and new is the centre of eclectic design. Start with modern or contemporary décor base and sprinkle in some antique accessories, the distinct contrasts between looks gives creates a unique and creative space. Pair up an old farmhouse table with upholstered dining chairs with sleek lines, place ornate antique lamps in a modern living room to create focal points!
Regardless of what style you choose, create a space that you love!