Friday, October 1, 2010 5:52 PM EDT
The "home, sweet home" motto has never been more reflected in current trends -- everything points to a home that's cozier, more comfortable and more convivial.
By: Kim Vallee, of At Home with Kim Vallee
The home has definitely become the place where people celebrate their “joie de vivre.” For that reason, you see a bit of traditional romance returning along with a real desire to warm up even the industrial style. Good examples are blonde wood furniture with reclaimed wood flooring that bring warmth to any white wall room.
The Knitted Look
Granny lamps; vases by Kit Kemp via Life.Style.Etc.blog; Chevron floor cover cushion, West Elm.
Not only for cushions and blankets, the
knitted look is being used as texture to cover ceramics and lampshade.
The Tyrol sheep wool of the Granny lamps received a natural treatment to
become flame resistant. The Granny lamps mix well with organic
accessories like these vases, shown above. Chevron cushion covers are
another way to bring a bit of knitted chic home.
Baxter Sectional, West Elm; Sketch Duvet Cover + Shams at West Elm.
Concrete grey has become the new neutral. I love this look. Designers often mix grey with a bright, fresh accent color, like... Grellow!
Hatfield grellow rocker at cb2; SOLSTRÅLE vase, Ikea; Lubi olive daybed, cb2.
Grellow -- a yellow and grey palette -- is so sublime that I feel I need to highlight it even if Arren Williams already mentioned it in his top trends!
Tone-On-Tone and Shiny Shiny
Bright yellow low rectangular stool by Jean-Luc Valentin
, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH; Pale wood table by Pietro Sutera,
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.
Grellow is only one of many ways that concrete grey can be used to add sophistication. Use it with pastels and other neutral colours to create a calming, tone-on-tone environment. Soft grey is so popular precisely because of its versatility -- by adding a few shiny accessories to grey, you can instantly update tone-on-tone with a touch of glam and formality.
The Soft Version of Everything, Especially Purple
Vases by Jean-Luc Valentin, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH; Tableware by Petra Welze, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH;
Small Circlet Stand, Crate & Barrel; Bathroom towels, Zara Home.
Purple has been replaced with softer hues such as mauve, lilac and berry tones. Soft pink is used as a supporting color to neutrals, as well as many pastel tones. Washed-out or more muted, murkier version of yellow, orange, red and green are widely used. The key is to create a subtly colorful space.
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