There are so many choices available that sometimes it seems as though “everything is in”, but this is not the case. There are definite trends (not fads) that can be identified in furnishings and decor. We are all exposed to them when we shop or open a magazine, so being able to spot them will help you keep your home “on trend”.
I would like to share my dissemination of twenty trends from the 2015 fall HP market identified by Deb Barrett of Soft Design Lab in the U.S. (Deb is an award-winning soft furnishings designer, speaker, author and design consultant, who conducts tours at High Point market twice per year. ) Continue reading
White was the Colour of the Year choice by several paint companies: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr and Glidden. But each of these companies has a full palette of trending colours, because white is not all there is!
There is a trend towards dark and dramatic wall colour. In 2015 we were seeing black. For 2016 black is still in, but now so is dark blue, and deep teal.
We are also seeing quite a lot of bold, energizing options such as Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Violet (2071-20), Patriot Blue (2064- 20), Blue Echo (AF-505), Royal Flush (2076-20) and Ravishing Red (2008-10) to name a few. Click to see the full Benjamin Moore 2016 palette. Continue reading
The 2016 colour of the year for Benjamin Moore is: OC-117 Simply White. The suspense is over! And interestingly, several other paint companies also chose white as their colour of the year.
Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director for Benjamin Moore says, “White is transcendent, timeless, its versatility unrivalled. From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form–that’s why we chose it ….” Continue reading
Thankfully the weather has turned warmer and with more daylight hours we have more energy to start those decorating projects we have been putting off. There’s another great motivator that helps us get things done, and that is the thought that “company’s coming”! Most of us are driven to clean and spruce things up before company arrives.
There are lots of sources on-line for spring cleaning and getting organized, but once that’s done, you may want to freshen up your décor. For decorating projects, you may be undecided about how to finish what you started. Or maybe you just need a mini-makeover with a set of fresh (trained) eyes that will help you utilize what you already have. In any case, here are some inspirational ideas to help get you started. Continue reading
It’s great to have so many sources for decorating trends for the new year, so if you see the same trend identified in multiple sources, you’ll know it’s a big one. What follows is a dissemination of the “big” trends from various magazine and on-line sources including High Point Fall market. If you’re thinking of updating any of your spaces, take note of these five 2015 trends. Continue reading
Opinions among decorators vary somewhat, but most would agree they like to start a decorating scheme with an inspiration piece. It could be a piece of art, a particular fabric or a sofa in the perfect colour. However, if presented with a blank slate, I like to start with an area carpet and build a scheme around it. Continue reading
A new countertops showroom opened recently in Toronto: Cosentino. They are known mostly as the makers of Silestone quartz (the first countertop with bacteriostatic protection) used for kitchen and bathroom countertops. But they have some new lines that are simply amazing and the uses are limitless. Continue reading
Benjamin Moore has announced their selection for colour of the year 2015 – it’s Guilford Green-HC-116!
“Monochromatic colours feel right, right now. Try warm, cool, dark and light layers of the same hue. It’s one chromatic concept, gracefully flowing room to room.”
“Guilford Green (HC-116) is the colour that ties this altogether, our 2015 Colour of the Year. A neutral colour that is a natural. A silvery green that works with a wide range of colour combinations – from neutrals to daring shades.” Continue reading
Design Trends for 2013 included the colour teal, bird prints and handmade, vintage looking pieces. 2014 is moving on from this warm, homey look to bright colors and bold designs. Below are some of the top emerging home decor trends for 2014 and tips for updating your home to be bang on trend this coming season. Continue reading
You don’t have to have a Hollywood budget to create beautiful interiors like these stars. These singers, actors, and celebrities have all executed their respective looks effortlessly and you can too with these simple tips and tricks. Whether a vintage boudoir or a minimalistic living space is what you are after, take inspiration from the stars below. Continue reading