What’s New and Fun in Home Decor
Whether you’re just playing with ideas or embarking on a serious redo of your living space décor, there is plenty of guidance for how to assemble a look that fits your signature style. You know what you want. Or maybe you don’t, but you know it will hit you when you see it. Good news! Designers are on the job, updating trends year after year and dangling enticing examples before your eager eyes.
If you were to hire a personal stylist, you’d be asked to describe your lifestyle, palette preferences, motif and era favorites. Will you work with some of the elements you have? Or will some retailer be enriched as you throw out the old and start from scratch?
Red Industrial Table, from Vintage Industrial
Before you consult with an outsider, venture out on the internet to do your own research. Start by perusing a buffet of looks from Down Under. This month, Denfair, Australia’s marquee event displaying the latest in architectural and design trends, showcased a litany of fabulous choices.
Here are some other hot tips for this year:
The Great Outdoors
For home designers, “climate change” is a functional concept, and their penchant for sprucing up the living space increasingly includes outdoor areas. Furniture manufacturers are creating some fabulous collections for backyard entertaining, and it’s not your mother’s patio furniture. Frontgate is a stellar online retailer peddling snazzy, comfy, and weather-ready gear that lives outside. It’s a perfect time to explore ways to customize a look that works inside and out, so put your thinking caps on and see what’s out there.
Feeling nostalgic? There’s a psychology behind the love affair Americans have with décor from eras gone by. Invoking warm and familiar feelings, it’s a great way to reinvent a past life, or experiment with looks you’ve seen on TV reruns. Joybird has some great stuff to look through.
Color Me Bright
Neutrals are so last decade. The focus has shifted to boastful celebrations of brilliant color. Don’t trust us? Ask a Realtor, who’s in the know. This site offers fun forecasts of 2017’s best mix of hues. Jewel tones seem to be a hot contemporary fix, and paired with more subtle wall coverings and paints, they can be sensational.
You’ve probably exhausted your search for stainless steel appliances. Good thing, because the latest in kitchen looks revolves around black stainless steel. It offers the low-maintenance, semi-industrial sharpness with a dramatic and bold hue. And surprise, surprise —it’s not limited to contemporary motifs. LG would love to introduce you to some gorgeous appliances boasting a basic black look. They even offer a “virtual designer” tool to kick your imagination into high gear. It’s chic and fun.
Let There Be Light
Any good interior artisan will tell you that skipping the fixtures is a big mistake. More and more retailers are offering exquisitely designed lamps, chandeliers, pendants, and all sorts of illuminating elements. Pioneer manufacturer Seattle Lighting offers a wonderful selection in its Pacific Northwest stores, and even more online at their e-tailing offshoot, “Destination Lighting.” Big sellers this year are fixtures with an industrial theme, chandeliers (yes, the kind your mother had), and of course, more artistic renditions of outdoor lighting.
Haleigh Copper Pendant from Rejuvenation
However and whenever you decide to dive in with a transformation of a single room or an entire house, there’s no cost associated with Windows shopping (or Apple, if iOS is your platform). Hit the search engine and feed it with keywords that are sure to summon styles, colors, and ensembles that will make your life complete. If your home is your castle, make sure to give it the royal treatment.