The other day I was trying to finish up my pillow scheme for my “formal” living room and a CRAZY idea popped into my head. Should I use some brush fringe on one pair of pillows? I nearly stopped dead in my tracks at the fact that I was even entertaining that thought. Five years ago- heck, one year ago, I would have told you brush fringe and ANY fringe really, was a design no-no and made a face.
But here we are. Bullion and brush fringe is making a comeback. It’s kind of like shoulder pads being revamped- super 80’s and 90’s, looks good on 1% of people/rooms but most will hate that it’s back (I, for one, have a deep disdain for shoulder pads). But it’s so interesting to me how trends recycle in this way. Things you thought you hated slowly become something you think is cool again.
I mean, I’m not mad at this room. It’s fun. It’s not something I personally would do in my current living room, but I like it in someone else’s!
When you notice that every catalog and magazine and every other Pinterest pin has a specific trend shown over and over it’s probably time that trend rode off into the sunset. Here are some of the looks I think need to be retired, and what you may try replacing them with.
OVER IT: BANANA/ PALM PRINTS
Done SOOOOO much and often badly, it’s time to find a new organic, botanical print to work with.
ALL ABOUT IT: VINTAGE FLORALS
Vintage inspired florals are BACK. Try mixing them with modern accents and graphic patterns for an “of the moment” look.
I’ve noticed a lot of goods coming out of retailers these days that use botanical sketches in cool ways- from bedding to rugs to personal accessories. I have always loved using botanical prints in my work, such as in my guest room below, but haven’t used them in any other application other than wall art.
photo by Sarah Winchester
I came across this adorable bedding from IKEA in the new O Magazine and think it is perfectly darling for a little girls room (I’d pair the set with bordered sheets in green or pink and a solid blanket, to keep it from getting overwhelming!)
I thought I’d take a stab at predicting what we’re going to be seeing more of in 2017 in the design world. Of course, the best look for a home is the one YOU love, so buck the trends as you see fit– but if you are looking for some inspiration for change, here it is!
SOFT COLOR PALETTES
2017 is setting up to be a very uncertain year, so I think people are going to crave peace and comfort in their homes– which means less jarring color and more soft, pastel tones and grey-ed down colors. I’m thinking of going this route in my own living room (if I ever get around to doing it). I am not one who thinks the Pantone Color of the Year is correct (acid green? WHY?)
One Kings Lane (Mark Cunningham)
(room by Kate Marker Interiors)
On the spring 2015 runway one of the big trends was gingham- and this look easily translates into the home as well! Many may thing of gingham as only for country homes or during the winter or fall months, but that’s just not the case. I especially am loving overscale gingham patterns on upholstery and even painted on walls! Take a peek at these home and fashion inspirations and see how to incorporate the look into your own life!