New colours - grey, green - some curves thrown in
It’s a new year and decade, which means the trend-watchers are going crazy predicting the styles of the tweens and teens in everything from fashion to lifestyle. Is turquoise the new black? Will 50 be the new 30? Seriously.
Thankfully, new trends in home decor tend to take root gradually - especially so here in Calgary, where one interior designer recently bemoaned our dedication to all things beige - with much overlap between colours and styles du jour.
That’s good news for burgeoning designers (you needn’t call in the reno team just yet). By buying wisely, trying out a new colour, or incorporating pattern and personality into your home, you can pretty much stay on trend.
“Be wise about how you furnish your house so you don’t waste your money,” says Calgary interior designer Susan Kennedy. During these recessionary times, it’s important to “buy pieces that you can repurpose, refinish.”
But the next decade isn’t just about invest- ing smartly and being environmentally friendly in tandem - you should also have fun with your interior.
“Trends are there to inspire us and give us new ideas,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith, design spokeswoman for Ikea Canada. “(Trends) are not meant to dictate your life and tell you what to do.”
With that sage advice top of mind, feel free to pick and choose among the five decor trends thought to have legs in 2010.
Green is still in, but it’s been repurposed
Green has been a buzzword recently in everything from hybrids to homes, and it’s a trend that shows no signs of abating. The biggest difference is design types are realizing you can be environmentally friendly in your home without going to extremes, such as trading out the nylon carpet for bamboo, or ditching the laminate counters for ones made of recycled glass. These changes can be pricey, and send old products to the landfill.
Instead, when you do buy something new for your home, buy for the long term. Invest in silk drapes, wool carpets or wood furniture that will last. Antiques are a great option.
“With the recession, people are thinking before spending,” says designer Susan Kennedy of Kennedy Design Group. “You can’t afford not to buy well in the long term.”
But before you buy, shop your house first. Even HGTV’s Earth-friendly show Pure Design focuses on reusing, repurposing, repainting and refinishing items you already own, where possible.
Grey is the new beige Grey is not going away, says Rob Kurkut, buyer and showroom designer for Grand Gallery Imports, a designer showroom in Calgary.
You’ll see grey, or a warmer grey with more beige undertones - often called “greige” - in everything from paint and throw pillows to linens, wood and upholstery. Yes, it’s made the jump from walls and accessories to floors and furnishings.
“With a colour like grey, whether you’re talking about textiles, a paint colour on the walls, or kitchen cabinetry, it mixes really well with other colours,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith of Ikea Canada. It even goes great with beige.
Inject some personality already
We’ve been told so many times by realtors to put away family photos and knick-knacks when trying to sell, that we’ve forgotten it’s OK to display those personality-rich items when our homes are off the market.
“The trend is toward layering in homes,” says Kennedy. “What we’re talking about are the elements that really make your life comfortable” - such as framed family photos and pictures taken on a trip, eclectic coffee-table books on display, a bookshelf lined with your favourite reads, and sculptures and decor items purchased around the globe.
“I’m a big fan of original art,” says Kennedy, because it’s uniquely you.
All hail pattern “I have a personal belief that no room is complete without pattern,” says Robbins Griffith. “It adds so much life to a room.”
So feel free to put the sterile, monochromatic room look behind you.
She sees three main categories emerging when it comes to pattern: nature and organic patterns, from leaves and vines to animals; geometric patterns such as circles and hexagons; and pop-culture patterns that are somewhat graffiti-or tattoo-inspired.
Curves, pattern and grey meet a blue chest of drawers, which has been re-painted to give it new life.