Traditional pieces continue to be the style of choice
The design trends for 2007 change dramatically from what we have seen in the past several years.
We have moved from the brilliant retro colours of orange, blue, green, fuchsia and the ever popular chocolate brown to palettes of soft, inviting earthy hues that are more reminiscent of the spa, evoking a sense of calmness and peace.
Colour palettes consist of cool hues of ivory, crème, taupe, pastel greens, ice blues, and earthy shades of yellow and pink.
To compliment these colours furniture has shifted into a new and exciting phase of softness to further the sophistication of a room. White and crème washed woods have replaced the dark expresso, mahogany, and cherry woods while moving us closer again into the glamorous era of the 1930s.
Woods that are finished in burnished gold and/or silver along with pewter finishes are all the rage. Teakwood has come back in full form and is being praised once again for its high quality and its ability to age into sumptuous silvery tones.
With all the wonderful tradition-inspired homes being built, traditional furniture still continues to be the style of choice.
Today, traditional furniture is up-dated with a multitude of wonderful fabrics available in a variety of choices such as velvet, chenille, and silk.
Stripes and damasks are very popular and add great wow factor to any living or dining room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match up to five patterns to give a room its full impact.
Furniture details are also being mixed. When purchasing two sofas, purchase one with legs and one with a valance and/or skirt —and if your really daring you can even add trims of nailheads.
Have fun — mix up the details of upholstered furniture the same way you would mix up fabrics. These types of tricks make a room more interesting to the eye and offer longer staying power. Gone are the days of matching everything to a science.
Another big trend that I believe is here to stay is to incorporate high quality handmade one-of-a-kind furniture pieces made by local designers and artisans.
Be on the look out for up and coming Canadian furniture designers like Johane Lefrançois Deignan of JNSQ Design who is being sought after for her high quality and elegant approach to modern heirlooms. These types of pieces add great uniqueness and personality to any room setting and are a reflection of you and family.