CUTTING EDGE DECOR IDEAS
Fashion trends, especially patterns and textures that clash, are influencing decor design ideas
In February, guests at the Interior Design Show got giddy when they came face to face with the Missoni Home booth, marking the introduction of the Italian fashion house’s bold decor collection to the Toronto market.
In March, fashion folks waiting for Toronto Fashion Week runway shows at the Liberty Grand devoured the company’s display of graphic floral area rugs, nubbly striped bath towels and kaleidoscope-printed pillows.
Fashion and interior design are increasingly on the same wavelength; one cooks up a trend and the other gobbles it up a season later. This summer, it’s a Missoni-style fearless mix of clashing patterns, colours and textures that combine for a fresh, loungey, retro look.
Table trick: Play it safe by saving the mix for your table top. French Bull by Jackie Shapiro dinner plate ($13.90), side plate ($9.90) and 16-piece cutlery set ($39.90, all Ziggy’s at Home, 794 College, 416-535-8728), Smoke Oslo wine glass ($21, Oni One), striped cotton napkin ($1) and green woven placemat ($6, both Caban).
Earn your stripes: Combine consistently coloured striped fabrics in different weights and textures. Camelot pistachio-green-and-coral metallic stripe ($21/yard), Dreamy green-and-blue chenille stripe ($18.99/yard) and Always brown-and-cream-striped cotton-wool mix ($85/yard, all Designer Fabric Outlet, 1360 Queen West, 416-531-2810).
Pillow fight: A common natural canvas background makes FLUF’s graphic print pillows ($75 each, 881 Queen West, 416-362-3583, www.flufdesign.com) mismatch up.
Grounded: A bold, black piece like this oval floralrelief vase ($80, Style Garage) gives eyes a rest as they scan your scheme.
Missoni Home is available at HorseFeathersHome, 1212 Yonge, 416-934-1771, and others, www.missonihome.com.
Metal mix: Boost muted decor with a jumble of gold, silver and copper accessories. Silver candlestick ($35, Caban, 262 Queen West, 416-596-0386, and others), chrome garden gnome ($44 for a set of two, Oni One, 1335 Dundas West, 416-850-8111) and gold floral votive candle holder ($16, Style Garage, 938 Queen West, 416-534-4343).