When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color.
Color expert and interior designer Barbara Schirmeister equates new, energized color palettes to growing economic confidence, as well as the influence of the youth market.
When it comes to decor and digital shopping, no one knows the game better than Tom Delavan, creative director of home at Gilt.com. As the former editor-at-large at Domino mag, former Sotheby’s contemporary-art specialist, and Harvard grad, Delavan is a certifiable interior-design expert. But what makes this industry pro truly special — besides his résumé and, of course, taste — is his knowledge of the world of virtual-shopping and inspiration. Ahead, Tom breaks down his favorite decor and design apps, blogs, and tips on how to curate your home when, literally, the entire market is only a click away.
Summer is the time of year for home decorating and design projects. It can mean a full overhaul of a space, remodeling, updating, painting, or just mixing in new pillows and other decor items. Whatever you’ve got going on with yours, here are a few of the hot trends spotted at the 2013 Dwell on Design show this past month.
Lighting and lamps have taken center stage in interior styling this past year, the more unique and dynamic the better. Though that doesn’t mean styles are necessarily over the top. Table and floor lamps, chandeliers, and pendants pull in clean and simple elements for a subtle statement. Of course the elaborate and decadent are just as popular. Chandeliers and other hanging lighting is leaping beyond the traditional placement of over dining tables or in statement rooms to the unexpected including the kitchen and bathroom. Wall styles, which look and feel similar to art pieces, yet incorporate lighting in are emerging, along with table lamps that look anything but the part.
Marika Meyer, an interior designer, has been featured in HGTV, Home & Design and Luxe magazines, as well as on Martha Stewart Living Radio. She joined Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius recently for an online chat to talk about how to freshen your home for summer. Here is an edited excerpt:
Modern home fixtures are playing hide-and-seek around the house. Appliances are hidden in cabinetry, doors open flush with walls and lighting is blended into the backdrop. All contribute to a seamless look in home interiors.
I’ve been asked to write about design challenges. To be honest, each project has its own design challenge. That is one of the reasons I love this profession — the challenge.
Sometimes the emotion of making a décor change in a home can be difficult for one of the family members. It can add a big challenge to my efforts in resolving a client’s desire for some sort of change in a particular room if one such family member — perhaps a spouse — is involved in the final decision.
Written By MARYANN FISHER, Decorating Den Interiors
Kate Moss has a completely unique personal style that frequently inspires us to try new looks. But what we haven’t noticed, until recently, is her flair for color. Her ensembles frequently get us thinking about new color combinations for our outfits…and interiors. When the golden goddess wore one of her favorite combos, black and white, it had us rethinking that classic duo. A little bit of gold (or bronze) with black and white is something very special.
Even better, the black and white scheme also works with other colors (like deep teal and red), making it incredibly easy to find products that fit this decor. And it also allows mix and mingle your metals in the form of all your home accessories. Click through the slideshow below inspired by Kate Moss, to prove how this color palette can work for you.
Buyers of home accessories seem to have hit the jackpot in Las Vegas this week. Floors and showrooms are running over with new and returning exhibitors of accents, lighting, rugs, wall décor, mirrors, soft goods, tabletop, accent furniture and other jewelry for the home. Home Accents Today spoke with some of the retailers and buyers shopping at World Market Center Monday, many of whom were downright energized by all the new offerings, the positive market climate, and the retail business in general.
California-based modern lighting and decor shopping site EuroStyleLighting.com announces Euro Edge, a new online resource designed to help consumers find modern style inspiration with the aid of style picks from seven of the nation’s leading modern design influencers: Kelly Beall, Justina Blakeney, Caitlin Flemming, Kirsten Grove, Victoria McGinley, Trina McNeilly, and Liz Stanley.
For this project, each influencer was invited to specify ten must-have products available on EuroStyleLighting.com. Appended with quotes about their choices, these carefully curated selections afford readers an intimate view into each influencer’s taste, personality and approach to design. Consumers can freely treat these top-ten lists as cohesive style guides, or cherry-pick items as inspiration for their own home design projects. The landing page for Euro Edge can be found at EuroStyleLighting.com/EuroEdge/.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with the color blue. Cobalt? Be still my beating heart. Robin’s egg? Divine. Turquoise? Makes me swoon. But when it comes to navy, I have a personal weakness that borders on obsession.
Navy has it all. It’s a no-fail neutral that looks perfect paired with practically everything, from white and cream to coral and citron. It gracefully sets off every finish in your decor.
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