WHEN IT COMES TO DECORATING, EVERYTHING OLD IS ON-TREND AGAIN
They say that everything that goes around comes back around again, and I am certainly a believer of that when it comes to home decor and its trends. I’ve seen the return of velvet-flocked wallpaper, shag carpet and brass lighting in my lifetime. Usually, a trend that was traditional is reinvented as modern or vice versa. For instance, velvet wallpaper was originally used in very traditional 1970s homes and it re-appeared back on the decorating scene a few years ago in a hip, modern way. Golden oak wood furnishings and flooring from the 1980s has returned (in a slightly cooler stain) in modern homes and is appealing to an entire generation that doesn’t remember its last run of popularity. Here are a few former stars that have returned to the stage to set a stylish decor scene for the next few years.
Old World Charm: Many old elements are stripped out of homes during thoughtless renovations. Look to replace some of those elements, such as a chandelier or fireplace mantel, that suit the era of your home. With a little research you can introduce a touch of that original look back into your space without committing the entire house to the look. Give your old-world finds a new-world feel by treating their shapely silhouettes to a finish in very dark colours (like purple or black). The dramatic look will be simple yet sophisticated. If your look is modern, introducing a traditional element will also create a dynamic juxtaposition. Got an existing unusable fireplace? Reignite it with pillar candles or fireplace inserts to help create the old world charm.
The return of glamour: The look of shimmer and glamour is making its comeback in light-reflective velvet fabrics, coloured glassware and silk fringe accents on furnishings and draperies from the 1960s.
Look for luxe fabrics like velvet upholstery on simpler, sculptural modern chairs and ottomans, and satin and silk fringes adorning down-filled pillows.
Keep an eye out for the return of the new art glass: it’s colourful and comes in modern shapes that act as organic sculptures.
Fashion influencers: The 1980s remind me of the high-waist light denim jeans (now referred to as “Mom jeans”) with patches, pockets and appliqués. Now the look is coming into the home with accessories like woven rugs and pillows that create a feelgood comfort. Think Boho Chic or farmhouse style decorating and this retro denim trend will fit right in. Denim can be purchased at textile stores and makes excellent upholstery fabric for furnishings, headboards and even draperies. Imagine a junk-shop Victorian style sofa upholstered in denim — the new casual vibe will give new life to this overtly serious furniture piece. For a fabric that used to be relegated to decorating boys’ rooms, denim is now right at home in living or family rooms. Blue — one of the most loved colours in decorating — will make denim a longtime casual favourite.
SHOPPING FOR THE ORIGINALS
Hunt for original vintage elements and then, with a little elbow grease, make these trends at home in your home.
■ Update, update, update! What goes around rarely returns looking the same so buy an original and have it reupholstered in an updated fabric or get a fancy old dresser and paint it an on-trend colour (like pale pink).
■ Shop online. You can find many of the original trends at online auctions and classifieds for a fraction of the price of a reproduction. Although inexpensive, there’s still cleaning, restraining, reupholstery and adornment needed to allow it to fit into today’s trend of reinvention.
■ Picture this. Re-frame modern artwork or photography with an ornate rococo style frame. Suddenly, your very simple art looks museum worthy and gets a boost of old-world charm. Remember, old with new and new with old is the rule here.
Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feedback? You can contact Karl Lohnes on Facebook or Instagram at Karl Lohnes Designer, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Karl has worked as a home decor expert and product designer for 25 years. He appears Thursdays during the 8 a.m. hour on Global News Morning Montreal.
Velvet fabrics, dimpled furniture and painted-out mouldings are all making a comeback to create an on-trend room.
Faded denim, appliqué and tassels create a feather filled Boho-chic accessory for the bed or sofa. Samantha Pynn’s Grey-Blue Medallion Cushion, $65.
Bringing new life into an empty fireplace is easy with the OptiMyst electric fireplace insert, which uses steam to create realistic flames, $849.