Tuesday, February 15, 2011


After going to the world furniture market and seeing all of the fun new trends we’re here to report so that you can keep up with all the top new styles!

All we can say is blue is in! Which of course we already knew with many of our room redo’s sporting this gorgeous hue! Another highly sought after color is the neutral gray, ranging anywhere from light gray to ash to charcoal.  Bright bold colors mixed with white, to ground them, are huge especially in the form of accessories like pillows, art, and lamps.

Courtesy: Candice Olson: http://www.hgtv.com/living-rooms/top-12-living-rooms-by-candice-olson/pictures/index.html
In this photo: nice neutral tones mixed with refreshing pops of blue.

One of the latest trends to incorporate blue with a bold graphic pattern is to do so with the palette of blue, white, and orange:
Betsy Burnham bedroom

Not that daring? Here's another room featuring the color palette in a neutral color scheme, and yet still just as visually interesting with the fun patterns.

Betsy Burnham living room

Wood tones – Sustainable design or better known as “green” design is all the rage so introducing reclaimed wood into a room design is a plus. Especially gray-toned reclaimed wood like ash. It pairs well with the other popular wood tone colors of deep-chocolate-walnut-brown and painted tones like white linen. 

And yes, dark wood is still in and especially for floors.  They really help "ground" a room and are an awesome way to offset vibrant paint colors or really just about any paint and trim.  However, keep in mind the dark tone shows dust and traffic on your floor.  So if you have lots of kiddies or pets running around or have a habit of rarely sweeping your floors, opt for a medium to dark floor instead, like a walnut.

Kitchen contemporary kitchen
In the above photo: Note the neutral color palette and ash grey dining table made with a reclaimed wood look. Using reclaimed wood on your dining table is a great idea for those with kids.  Anything they do to it just ads to the charm of its natural “lived in” look.

Along with the reclaimed wood look, aged "global" furniture pieces are really in right now. One in a vibrant color is the best because it's unique and adds a pop.  I absolutely love this teal piece from one of our vendors:
High Point Fall 2010 Vignette

For casement furniture pieces, colors to go with are: painted white, dark ebony, bold teal, or a natural gray wash. And just fyi for all of you wondering which color to go with; all of those finishes incorporated into one room would look awesome, trust me! I double-dog-dare-you, and don't forget to post the gorgeous pics here - you can thank me later!

Wall Decor: Starburst mirrors are going to be in style for a looong time.  The great thing about a starburst mirror is it can be classic or modern and just one can be enough for a focal point or cluster them for a unique statment piece.

The Design House Interior Design: A Tounch of Modern - Family and Sunroom ReDesign
Above is an example from a room we did for a client.  This star burst mirror is an awesome addition to the entryway and just pops on this orange wall. 

Tobi Fairley: http://tobifairley.com/blog/feature/february-2011/home-and-garden/
In the above photo: lots of style with these fun mirrors set symmetrically.  Note the hot color palette this room is employing. 

Glass tile is still a favorite in 2011, especially turned vertically and with different shapes.  Glass tile is a quick way to jazz up any room.

I just love circle glass tile:
reinventing the 80s contemporary bathroom

Typical ranch bath: Transformed! contemporary bathroom

If you haven't used glass tile already you seriously need to get a move on it. No matter the shape or how its laid, glass tile livens up any room and the gorgeous sparkly sheen it emits is just awesome. A great place to start is re-tiling that fireplace or kitchen backsplash that right now is staring at you saying, "Heeelllllp meee!"

Wall Finishes: Wallpaper has made its comeback and isn't going anywhere for a long time. Its still a hot commodity in 2011.  Just remember to use it sparingly, don't plaster wallpaper all over your home.  Use it as an accent wall or a smaller room with defined parameters.  Powder baths are almost a fool proof application for wallpaper as they're small.  Oh and don't skimp - hire a professional to hang it for you.

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Courtesy of fresh home: http://freshome.com/2011/02/11/how-to-create-a-master-bedroom-in-your-attic/
Since the wall paper is just used on the accent wall it's a nice statement, whereas if it covered all the walls in this room it would feel very overwhelming.   Also note in the above picture how these gray neutral colors and natural wood tones are playing together. 

Black Russian Damask wall covering in the media room contemporary media room
In the above photo: Neutral color palette with gray tones and note the gorgeous dark wood floor.

Here's a fun application:
The Hillside House modern bedroom

Again, this ain't your Granny's wall paper! This awesome wall covering is great in styles ranging from traditional to modern. Explore the new options and use it - you'll be happy you did!

So that wraps up our 2011 Style Trends.  Since we barely just touched the surface check back in as we delve into hot trends each week here on the blog.

Let us know how you’re introducing these ideas into your rooms by leaving a comment. And of course if you need help bringing these awesome new trends into your space give us a call - Susan (801) 787-9771.

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