This past weekend the Globe and Mail published the latest design trends for this fall. Many of them were very bold for certain. Some of them captured my interest and might even be doable, even on a moderate budget. You see, design trend articles in newspapers and magazines are like looking at fashion on the runway. Most of the stuff you see you would never wear, but there’s always something you can take away from it, even if it’s just a belt, and add it to your own style.
Because the majority of us can’t change our furniture or upholstery according to the season or the latest trends, accents and accessories are the way to go. So below I’ll list three of my favourite trends from the Globe’s list and I’ll make some suggestions on how to get the look in your home without breaking the bank or your back. You might be surprised how easy it can be.
Making Collections into Art (see The Globe’s #7)
Ever wondered what to do with all of your mismatched plates you inherited from your grandmother, or perhaps a collection of copper or iron pots that are cluttering your cupboards? Maybe you have an affinity for wall clocks or barometers, or antique frames. Well, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to get them out and find an artful way to display them on your walls. Planned out carefully, your collection can create a beautiful focal point while expressing your personal interests, creativity, and style.
Why I like this? Anyone with any sort of collection can create this look. Abiding by a few simple rules (found here) you can make the most out of a neglected wall area and, at the same time, gain the ability to fully appreciate your collection.
Something to consider. Another couple of trends mentioned in the Globe article were “True Blues” and “Warm Metals”. If you were to hang blue plates (or plates with blue patterns), for instance, or copper pots, you could achieve two trends at once!
Lighting Your Rooms with Fun and Different (see The Globe’s #5)
A lot of lighting fixtures can be boring and austere, especially when considering for the modern home. Interesting thing, though, is that lighting is a great way to add a touch of “whimsy” or fun into an atmosphere if the right fixture is found. Not only is it decorative but it’s also utilitarian. Now, anything different is usually expensive or hard to find so, admittedly, this could be a little more difficult to incorporate into your decor unless you actually need a new light fixture. However, I think you don’t necessarily need a large pendant light or even an electrical light at all to bring this look into your home. What about a fun or different lantern or candelabra? But make sure of one thing…it’s BOLD, even CHEEKY! Otherwise, what’s the point?
Why I like this. Honestly? I think it’s fun. And who doesn’t need a little fun in their lives? It’s kind of like having a usable piece of art hanging from your ceiling or sitting on a counter.
What to consider. Your style. There’s whimsical for every style. Just consider your colour scheme and find something that will either suit it or enhance it. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be brand new.
Bring back the Gold!
For years now we’ve been focusing on incorporating chromes, stainless steel, and other colder metals into our homes. Just a simple glance into any recent kitchen reno, and you’re likely to see stainless steel appliances. However, just to throw us a curve ball, the design world has decided to bring back gold this fall. For some of us, those who didn’t buy into the stainless steel trend, this won’t be a problem. In fact, it will probably be rather exciting. Pull out your copper pots, your brass candle holders, and your gold-plated picture frames! But for the rest of us, how can warm and cold metals be mixed in a room? My thought? Don’t worry about it too much. A subtle introduction of warm metal will warm up any room, even if rimmed with chrome. Think about a copper toned cushion or bronze plant holder.
Why do I like this? Once fall arrives, I’m all about warmth and comfort. I think a nice worn copper piece or a gold adornment will enhance any decor. And this is an easy trend to achieve by incorporating even one or two pieces.
What to consider. Don’t over do it. It could get very tacky, very quickly. Again, think about your style when bringing a new piece into your room.
Come on! Bring in Fall 2011 with something new and trendy! Look how fun and simple it can be!
Have any of these trends, those listed in the Globe and Mail article or my excerpts, inspired you?