Fall Design Trends: Think Bold!

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?

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5 thoughts on “Fall Design Trends: Think Bold!

  1. What I like most about these simple ideas is the fact that you don’t have to go out of your way and pay a bundle to accent your home with ephemeral accessories. I’m very conservative when it comes to home design and decoration (Yup I even surprise myself). I’m not overly enthusiastic about “modern” art since, simply put, I don’t understand it. An ultra modern home design is like rap music to me, both give me a headache due to visual and auditory pollutions respectively.
    Be that as it may, we should do one of two things with our stored goodies and junk. Either get rid of them or use them. On a recent project I literally discovered how overrated storage is. We work hard on taking advantage of every little corner to add the much coveted storage space. I think if we go on for a whole year without using an item, it has no right in taking valuable real estate in our home.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more, Abufares! However, I must admit that I’m a terrible pack-rat. It is difficult for me to get rid of anything if I see a potential for using it…someday. This is probably why I have a basement storage room full of such junk. And like you said, if the storage space wasn’t there, I’d be forced to get rid of it. It’s kind of like how we woman use our purse, the bigger the purse, the more junk in it…lol!

      I love simple ideas for decorating, especially ones that make a big statement and I’m always impressed with people who can find items at flea markets, and the like, and turn them into something interesting. For instance, I believe the wall collage of painted, white antique frames in the photo above was collected in just this way. As long as you’re not afraid to do a little work yourself, you can make the most out of what you’ve got or what is easily available.

      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment! 🙂

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  2. Love this post! maybe because it has made me realize that some “collectables” are not clutter … When my father passed I ended up with a large-ish collection of antique russian lacker boxes … they are carefully wrapped in my storage unit. I toyed with selling them to a “real” collector … but now … I will see if perhaps I can find a creative way to use them as art. As minimalist we have almost no surfaces … so something on the wall …. Hmmmmm…. thank you for the inspiration and LOVE all the white walls!!

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    1. Hi Sonja! Yes! What a wonderful idea for your boxes. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. To be honest, of all the trends, this was also my favourite. I think its something everyone can find useful. So glad you dropped by. 🙂

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