Thursday, October 21, 2010

Interior Design and Decorating: Furniture Trends

“Mix and match” seems to be the name of the game. Shabby chic is very popular. (For example, using spray paint to revitalize yard sale finds.) Beiges, baby blues and greys are popular for furniture colours, as are using accent colours to brighten a room and to create a dramatic statement. Throw pillows in bold patterns and colours are used to ‘pull the look together’. It’s easy to change accents and pillows to give a room a new feel – rather than recovering your furniture.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Interior Design and Decorating: Trends in Paint Colours

Light paint colours and faux finishing continue to outweigh the use of wallpaper in interiors, as they have in the recent past. We have seen a lot of purples, blues, and metallic paint colors. The trend seems to be to use lighter shades (like lavender). We are also seeing hot pinks – not girly shades, but lighter and more sophisticated pinks – used even as the main paint color on walls with black accents. And, due to the current “green” environmental craze, soft green palettes will continue to show up in homes. Sage greens, soft beigy greens are very popular.

Linda Watson