MAD FOR PLAID
There is probably no pattern quite as classic as plaid, and this winter the perennial favorite is having a very special moment. Showing up on fashion runways as well as in the home, plaids, especially tartans, are warm, cozy, and inviting. No wonder the iconic pattern is a seasonal showstopper. Whether your design style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic, or anywhere in-between—plaid always works.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Gold isn’t the only metallic that is trending right now, but it is definitely popular in home décor. Although silvers, chromes, brushed nickels, and stainless steel are always in style, it’s the warmer metallic finishes that are making headlines this season. Brass, bronze, copper and rose gold are topping the charts. Burnished, matte and patina finishes work best in traditional or more rustic settings. High gloss, and those with a brushed or subtle sheen can make a contemporary setting come alive. Or mix it up and add a shiny brass accent in a more traditional room or burnished copper in a modern space. Remember, the most important design rule is that all rules can and should be broken to make a space truly your own.
Deliciously soft underfoot, natural sheepskin rugs lend warmth to a room while still being airy and natural in color. No wonder they are so popular in the winter months. With sink-in softness, we are dreaming of dipping our toes in their fluffiness. Sheepskin rugs are naturally rich in lanolin, which adds luster and protects the rug from accidental spills. Long wearing and versatile, these classic rugs are the perfect complement to traditional, transitional, and contemporary décor.
Another craze underfoot these days are Moroccan rugs. These style makers anchor a room and truly give it a special focus. Often neutral in color with brown or black geometric lines, these rugs have a shaggy pile and are woven for warmth. According to James French, a director of Beauvais Carpets in New York, the traditional Beni Ourain tribal designs were woven from memory, not patterns, so they have an appealing “quirkiness.” It’s this quirkiness that makes them especially appealing. They can give a cold modern room a certain patina and authenticity and a more traditional space a dose of contemporary verve. Although trending right now, Moroccan rugs are actually timeless and classic and will always be in style.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
With the holidays behind us and a new year underway—it’s important to create spaces in our homes that allow us to live well, be well and stay well. Walls that wrap us in a feeling of calm and tranquility, even when the world around us is going 100 miles an hour, can help to slow the pace and give us a chance to breathe. Sherwin William’s 2016 Pura Vida Collection for 2016 reminds us to feed the spirit, make memories, and savor every moment. Here are a few of the selections from this beautiful and relaxing color palette.
Alabaster SW 7008
Unfussy Beige SW 6043
Doe Skin SW 6044
Ramie SW 6156
Ancient Marble SW 6162
INTO THE WOODS
Woodsy motifs are trending this winter big time. Wood grains and faux bois in wall coverings and fabrics can give your interior spaces a back to nature feel in a sophisticated way. Tree stumps are showing up as end tables and table bases, often pairing with glass tops to showcase the unique base. Forest murals, wall decals, and custom wooden “tree art” can make any wall a striking focal point. Papering the backs of bookcases can make your arrangements pop and adding paper to plain staircase risers can turn them into a “wow!”
And remember you don’t have to be loyal to just one type of wood when decorating your home. Working with the furniture pieces you already have, blending wood types and finishes is creative, fun, and interesting! Mix up the chairs in your dining room; they don’t all have to be the same. Why not choose different wood finishes for the pieces in your living room? And of course, if something doesn’t work, wood can always be painted. Some die-hard traditionalists may disagree, but we love repurposing a wood piece that might have been discarded by transforming it into a showstopper with a bright bold color! The key is to have fun when you take the trip into the woods.