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Decor Trends of 2014 with Staying Power – Part One

Posted on: January 18th, 2014 by Alison Hodd

Top Decor Trends of 2014 with Staying Power

Decor trends can be like a toddler’s love of cream cheese.  The passion for the white creamy stuff emerges overnight, remains feverishly strong for weeks, until one day you hear “I don’t like cream cheese any more!” “No more cream cheese for me!”  In the world of design and décor in 2013 chevron was that toddlers’ cream cheese.  That graphic V-shaped pattern ended up on art, rugs and mugs.  And as long as is a full day with young kids, we grew weary.

How to Invest Wisely in Your Home

We’ve all spent our hard-earned money on pieces for our home that quickly didn’t work.  We try relocating, reselling, and or rationalizing.  It’s no picnic.  Choosing furniture, wall colours and fabric for our home is a big investment.  And the last thing we want to do is jump on a bandwagon and pick something exciting that’s going to quickly look out-of-style.  Or worse not be durable for life’s shenanigans.

Here are the two ways to invest in your home today if you want to be current now AND want your investment to look great in five to ten years.  These are NOT fads, flash-in-the-pan leanings, or fiction.  They are the looks I’ve curated from listening to our clients, keeping up with design publications and conferences and listening to other experts in the world of colour, renovation and home décor.

1) Cover Your Couch in Soft Velvet and or Corduroy

Velvet looks luscious and corduroy is a casual classic.  Both fabrics are soft to the touch and if you choose the right one it will last for years or even decades.  I love how soft and warm they feel.  Unlike a leather couch, they hold the temperature of the room and keep you firmly in place.  Kinda like a warm hug.  Hey – science says we need 8 a day – we may as well get one from our from our furniture.

Recently seen on the fashion runways, the texture of velvets and corduroys are making their way back into our homes.  The secret way to making them feel fresh is to choose less obvious colour.  Some examples are solid lighter, brighter colour like pale yellow, celery green, or robin’s egg blue.  In the past velvet and corduroy was associated with only dark colours like navy, and burgundy.  This is changing.  If you’re nervous about your kids (and/or pets) playing nicely together, consider getting furniture protection.  It’s like a condom for your couch.  Either in-factory or in your home you can have eco-friendly, non-toxic barrier applied to prevent mishaps from becoming big issues.

And how do you decide between corduroy and velvet?  Think of the space you’re creating.  If either your style or the function of the space is laid-back, choose corduroy.  Like the bear with the missing button, it feels wholesome and casual.

Casual Corduroy for Family Living

Conversely, if you want a more refined, elegant feeling for entertaining, nothing beats the appeal of luxurious velvet.

Luxe Velvet for the Long Haul

Commitment phobic?  Try test-driving these fabrics by picking up decorative cushion or two from herehere or here.

 2) Do Dark Walls

Dark walls can be great choice for many rooms. And it’s a myth that dark walls are best is a bright room or a dark room.  It really doesn’t matter how much light you get or the size of your room.  Whether you’re throwing an intimate dinner party creating a cozy spot place to sleep, dark walls might be just the ticket.  I also think they can work in offices, bathrooms, family rooms, hallways and kitchens.

Divine Dark Walls

They work because they are a great foil for metallic accessories and fixtures.  Framed and matted art begs to take centre stage, as the dark background colour forces that art into the spotlight.

Do map out a great layered lighting plan and consider the wall colour of your adjoining spaces.  If you add dark walls to your bathroom keep your hallway and bedroom a pale colour.  This way the drama you crave is satiated by the unexpected change.   Also, to amp up the WOW factor further, consider wallpaper in a dark colour.  With added texture or shine you can make an even stronger statement.  To see paint colour I think work best go here:

Three unusual ways to use dark paint:

  • Paint the upper third of a high room a dark colour.  This is a great way to break up the expansive height and provide visual balance with the top and bottom of a room
  • Paint a feature wall behind a fireplace dark and leave the bookcases or wall on either side light-coloured
  • Paint the ceiling in your powder room dark and keep the walls light

Will you try velvet, corduroy or dark walls this year?  On what?  

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