Hi! I’m Averill from Odi et Amo and I’m so pleased to be guest blogging here at From the Right Bank… today. Ally asked me to pull together a list of my favorite design trends. If there is one overarching trend in modern decorating it would have to be eclecticism. The best designs are all about that perfect mix of periods, styles and price points — like the colorful living room shown above, which was designed by New Orleans-based designer Melissa Rufty. Rooms that are overly decorated, overly referential to a single style or period will inevitably read as dated and staid. Beyond that though, I’d say just about anything goes. Buy only what you love, don’t focus too much on what’s “in” or what’s “out”, and — above all –don’t pigeon-hole yourself into a single, definable style.
With that in mind, there are a number of smaller trends (let’s call them micro-trends) that I’ve been particularly drawn to recently and that I’ve either incorporated into my own home (or have plans to).
Pantone’s color of the year has long been one of my favorite colors. Turquoise, despite being a cooler tone, has a warmth and sunniness to it that makes it almost universally appealing. It’s a real mood-changer; just try and be sad in a turquoise room! A few months ago I painted a small, windowless guest bath a bold turquoise. Heavy doses of white give it a bright, beachy vibe that makes me smile every time I walk in it. If you’re reluctant to use it as the dominant color though, turquoise works equally well as an accent color and brings a bold, fresh pop to any neutral color palette.
I’ll be honest, a few years ago nothing turned me off more than than brass — indeed, the very word conjured up images of dated kitchens and baths. The “new” brass, however, feels softer, less…well, brassy. The key is to avoid lacquered brass, and go for a softer finish that will tarnish naturally over time. I particularly like brass when paired with cooler blues and grays. The brass warms up these tones and brings more interest than pairing these tones with coordinating silver or nickel.
This is another trend from the ’80s and early ’90s that I initially thought better left in the past. Wallpaper today though comes in way more prints and patterns than chintz or quaint country patterns. Grasscloths, metallics, geometrics, florals…just about everything but borders is allowed. The key is to spend the extra time to really find one you love. Wallpapers are like tattoos for your wall — relatively expensive and (mostly) permanent. Despite modern upgrades that have made removal easier, it’s more commitment than paint so it’s best to be certain before you start papering. After months of agonizing I recently wallpapered my powder room and I still find myself squealing with delight a little every time I open the door. Now I can’t wait to use wallpaper elsewhere in my home — it’s totally addictive!
There’s something so romantic and cozy about canopy beds. The look is especially successful in cavernous master bedrooms that have become so popular in new builds as it creates a room within a room and is a great way to visually divide a large room into distinct sitting and sleeping areas. I also love the recent trend of eschewing heavy draperies in favor of leaving the frame bare, which brings a wonderfully modern, architectural element to a bedroom. For a breezy, coastal look, I’d throw a gauzy white sheer over the bed for the summer months.
Purple is a color that had fallen out of favor in decorating, but it’s starting to come back and I couldn’t be more excited. When I painted my office last summer a rich plum I couldn’t find any pillows, fabrics or accessories that worked in the room — there really weren’t any good options. Less than a year later, I’m starting to see way more purple accessories and fabrics. When done right, purple is sophisticated and rich but also warm and inviting (it’s also, like reds and pinks, very flattering lighting).
I’m a bit reluctant to call chinoiserie a micro-trend, since it’s been a hallmark of traditional interiors for several hundred years. That said though, it is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years as it’s found favor in more contemporary and even modern interiors thanks in large part to the dearly-departed domino magazine. That torch has now been picked up by a number of great blogs that focus on chinoiserie.Chinoiserie Chic and Aesthetic Oiseau are two of my favorites. The greatest thing about chinoiserie’s renewed popularity is that you can now found chinoiserie accents and furniture in a wider variety of price points, particularly if you’re looking for a more streamlined, modernized chinoiserie. I’ve got a smattering of chinoiserie throughout my home, but my blue and white family room, with its touches of Chiang Mai and imperial trellis fabrics, together some porcelain I inherited from my mother, is definitely the epicenter of both my home and my love of chinoiserie.
Thanks Ally for letting me guest post today!