Design Trends: Dive In or Proceed With Caution?
Navigating design trends will send you spinning in circles faster than you know what is happening — and you’ll want to swap out your French Provincial sofa for an Art Deco sofa before you even take the plastic off the cushions.
This doesn’t mean you can’t inject some trendy pieces into your home. We actually encourage you to do so, especially if it happens to be a trend that you’ve always loved. Here’s some of our best advice to keep your spaces up to date while not completely breaking the style budget every few months.
Keep the big pieces simple
We aren’t telling you that your furniture can’t have style. It absolutely can. But does your mid-century sofa need to be purple? If you’ve always dreamed of having a purple couch and if you have the budget to do so, go for it. Just remember you are now narrowing the choices for every other element in the room. Select a stylized piece in a neutral colour for the best of both worlds. You get a little bit of flair in the lines of the piece, but you also get the versatility with a neutral colour.
The same rules apply to areas in the room that will be difficult or costly to change out. Think flooring, backsplash tiles and more. When making those selections, stick with something a bit more timeless. If you want to inject some fun into a backsplash, we recommend choosing either a fun shape or a fun colour, but not both. For example, a classic subway shape in a sky blue colour would have more longevity than that same sky blue colour on a Moroccan shaped-tile.
Freshen up the paint colours
Don’t be scared of paint. It’s easy, it’s quick and oh-so-transformative when it comes to achieving a new look in your space. Low cost, huge impact on this one. Current paint colour trends we love are the dark, moody greens and dramatic blacks. Take a look at Tarrytown Green and Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore.
Watch your step
Area rugs make a huge statement in a room and almost instantly set the tone. They’re also easy to swap out. With virtually unlimited options available for size, style, colour and texture, this is an easy one. Currently, we are loving how a vintage Turkish rug warms up the space. They are perfect for layering since finding them for a large room can be a bit difficult. Use a natural fibre rug (such as Jute) on the bottom and layer on a colourful, patterned Turkish rug to inject some personality.
Don’t be afraid to change out this big-impact item. The bigger fixtures such as entryway lights, dining room table lights and wall sconces are big contributors to the overall feel and tone of the space. There are so many options at our fingertips these days in virtually any price range. Anything in the warm metal tones such as copper, champagne bronze and brushed gold is very on point.
This is where you can really dive into a trend. The accent pieces are the filler, the fluff. Pillows, frames, plant pots, doo-dads (yes, that’s a real term), lamps. First, take inventory of what you currently have in the space that can be either reused in a different spot or repurposed. If you’re into refinishing, you can give your photo frames or plant pots new life with some paint and a few hours of your time.
Our favourite go-to spots in YQR to find great accent pieces? Home Sense, Structube, The Style Lab, Urban Barn, EQ3, Anex Interiors, and Casa Décor. Sometimes you can even find some great pieces at Superstore!
To sum up, don’t go off the trendy deep end when it comes to the items with the biggest price tags; keep those relatively neutral and classic. Inject the current trends with the pieces that are easier to change out as your style changes. And remember to have fun with it. Your space is a place to relax, reflect and recharge — especially as we spend more time inside time during the fall and winter season.
Amanda Brady, Clear Space Designer
Clear Space Design Co.