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Spring At Home Trends & Inspiration

eclectic dining room by Dufner Heighes Inc
By Dufner Heighes Inc
1. This first trend is something we’ve seen for the past two seasons: An Emphasis on Pattern and Print.

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I included this image in an ideabook I wrote last week on, well, pattern and print, and everyone seems to agree that it’s just a fantastic space.
eclectic  by SGH Designs inc.
By SGH Designs Inc.
2. Eclectic Chic. This is a broad design category and a favorite of mine because it’s so flexible – it’s not that tough to be eclectic (though it is tough to edit yourself so “eclectic” doesn’t turn into “hoarder.”)
eclectic kids by Ish and Chi
By Ish and Chi
3. Bold Color. Last week’s spring collections were full of exuberant color, which makes the slideshows very pretty to look at on dreary, rainy days like today.

color combos - orange
And bold color at home is so much fun. Bright walls make it easier to get out of bed in the morning.

White Kitchen

4. Minimal White. Yes, it’s the opposite of bold color, but there are no rules that two opposites can’t be trendy at the same time, right? Regardless, I do love white kitchens.

5. Pajama Dressing. This was the most interesting trend, in my opinion: clothes that are all about comfort and fluid motion. These outfits are often made of neutral silks and hang beautifully – reminding me of draps in the wind.

 

traditional bedroom by The Lettered Cottage
By The Lettered Cottage
“Pajama dressing” is about sheer fabrics, too, and calm colors like this blue.

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6. Seventies. Some of last week’s shows had a definite retro vibe – just like this room, with it’s wallpaper and vintage Raggedy Ann doll.
modern dining room by Amy Lau Design

By Amy Lau Design
Isn’t the whole concept of a wet bar totally seventies too? In a good way, of course!

Written By: Kit Pollard Publish Site: www.houzz.com/ideabooks/107750/list/Spring-2011-Fashion-Trends—At-Home

Color Trends: What’s New, What’s Next?

Which colors will dominate decor this year? Experts share the latest research.

While you’re still deciding where to spend next year’s summer vacation, color forecasters have already predicted what color your bathing suit will be for the year.

Color forecasters are part designer, part sociologist and part predictor. They draw information from the runway, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry; they scour showrooms, trade shows and magazines for trends; they consider what’s happening culturally and how this impacts our national mood. Then they take all of that information and translate it into what colors we’ll be wearing and decorating with in the next year.

The Colors Are Coming

The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election and economic downturn have combined to shape Americans’ color tastes. We’re searching for the color equivalent of mac and cheese: safe, traditional and comforting. But the pops of bright colors, from crimson to acid yellow, suggest that we’re ultimately hopeful about the future.

Neutrals are now, especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas or carpet. “For those big-ticket items, we’ll make the safer choice such as neutrals, from rich gray to camel,” says Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design at Shaw Industries. And, she continues, “We’re using trendier colors, like acid green or amethyst, as accent pieces.”

Denise Turner, founder of Color Turners and a color forecaster, agrees. “Neutrals continue to flourish, as companions for brighter hues or as standalone, monochromatic color schemes.”

Both color forecasters see chocolate brown on the wane, though Turner notes that brown is still the go-to color in nearly every industry, from auto manufacturing to fashion to home. The guard is changing, however, as lighter browns begin to make an appearance. Morrow says, “We’re seeing browns shift to the colors of spices and beverages. Think mocha and cinnamon.”

Which neutral might just surpass brown as the favorite? Gray. And it covers a wide range of hues, which span soft gray to charcoal to hematite, and gain interest from metallic and pearlescent accents.

Green continues to gain strength from its association with the growing shift toward eco-consciousness. It will show up in everything from fabrics to accessories to countertops.

Turner noted that, after 9/11 blue surged in popularity. This comfortable, soothing color is associated with dependability, constancy and peace — qualities Americans seek during unstable times. Now every product in the industry uses some type of blue, and many are paired with brown, from chocolate to taupe.

According to Turner, pink and red are “the colors of causes.” Think about the ribbons on our lapels to help raise awareness for breast cancer, AIDS or heart disease. But these sisters in the color family are also making their way into the home.

You’ll see red as a bold accent in black-and-white designs; and look for pink in romantic bedrooms, the modern girl’s living room or even in the kitchen, from cabinetry to appliances.

Violet came in through the back door, catching fire in the goth trend in high schools (think purple-black T-shirts, eyeliner and fingernail polish). From there it made its way to the runway and now it’s lightening as it crosses into the home; popular variations include violet, wine and true purple.

Hot Color Combos

Just as the popularity of single colors waxes and wanes, so does the popularity of color combinations.

Brown and blue has been a favorite for several years and Turner predicts it will be a favorite through 2013. Morrow agrees, though she believes that the brown will be lighter (tan, caramel and camel), rather than chocolate.

For the last few years, black and white has been a popular combination in the European market, but Turner has noticed that it’s making its way across the pond. While Morrow has seen it more in accent pieces, like textiles and wallpaper, Turner suggests it will take over entire rooms and recommends pairing it with hot accent colors like red or acid green for the latest look.

What’s Not Selling?

While you’ll see elegant gold in designs from traditional to Tuscan, don’t look for sunny true yellows in American homes (though Europeans love them).

Orange is another color that’s getting little love, unless you choose corals or an earthy, deep orange. But even then, these are used only as accents.

The trend toward violet, wine and amethyst is edging out soft lavenders or true purples. These colors, which were so popular in the 1980s, have taken a back seat to their bolder cousins.

Resources

Emily Kiker Morrow, CMG
Director of Color, Style & Design, Shaw Industries
Website: www.shawfloors.com

Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG
Founder of Color Turners
Website: www.colorturners.com

Written By: Kelley Walters Publish Site: www.hgtv.com/decorating/color-trends-whats-new-whats-next/index.html

10 Tips on Finding Your Design Style

1. Multiples. Do you have multiple items of the same color, shape or style around your house? This is one big “tell” I look for as I look through clients’ homes. A kilim rug in the front hall, a kilim rug in the bedroom, another one in the living room? That means that you like kilim rugs. It sounds way too simple to be that easy, but most people stop seeing their style even when it’s right in front of them.

2. Form over function. Do you work on a desk that is too small, but can’t bear to replace it? Have a couch that is crazy uncomfortable, but it’s still in you living room after all these years? That broken clock that’s still up on the wall? Take a good long look, because this is a dead giveaway to your personal style. There is something you love so much about this piece that you have chosen its form over your need for function.

3. Where you shop. Do you browse the same store all the time, even when you’re not looking to buy? Does a good flea market make you heart pound with excitement? Where you look for your furnishings speaks volumes about your style. New, used, found, handed down from family; where your furniture comes from represents your style.

4. Art. What you have chosen to hang on your walls says something about you. Art is purely personal, not tied to function or need and therefore is usually the best indication of your style. A vintage movie poster means you probably like classic lines in furniture, while an abstract lithograph likely means that modern design is your bag. Flea market oil painting of someone else’s relative? Eclectic is your style.

5. Most recent purchase. A French country dish towel that caught your eye in the store, or an impulse buy of a Tiffany-style lamp that you thought you’d never like, but do. The last thing you bought for your home is a fantastic indicator of what your style is, especially if it is design departure for you.

6. What unites your stuff? Do you have terra-cottas, rusts and warm yellows all around your house? These are the sun-kissed colors of Mediterranean design, so you should look for rough-hewn wood tables, terra-cotta lamps and vases to polish up your style. Does all your furniture have lean, sharp lines, and you don’t have a single thing on your mantel? Your style is thoroughly modern. Whether it’s color, scale, shape or era, the uniting element in your home is the best place to start when looking for your style.

7. What’s your favorite hotel? This is my secret weapon in finding a client’s design style. Always stay in cozy country B&Bs? Like the modern city high-rise hotel? Or do you go more for the traditionally furnished places? Hotels have clear design styles, so use them to help you find YOUR style.

8. Odd man out. When there is one piece different from everything else in your room, take note. Chances are, this is one style you like, but are afraid to fully venture into.

9. Travel. Where you chose to spend your vacations, and what you bring back with you are great style indicators. Always go to Mexico on your holidays and have a full set of cobalt-blue wine glasses? You like the hacienda look. Love your family vacations at the beach and have jars of seashells in your bathroom? Coastal cottage is your style.

10. Best room in the house. What’s your most fave room in your home? Look to your best design work and repeat it. There is nothing wrong with having all your rooms designed similarly. In fact, it can bring a calm and serene feel to your house.

Written By: Karen McAloon Publish Site: www.hgtv.com/decorating/10-tips-to-find-your-style/index.html