What’s Hot And What’s Not In Home Design This Year

New year, new change! With the start of the new year, you must be thinking of ways on how you can improve the look of your home. There are plenty of design trends that you can follow, but not all of them may be good for you. You also need to learn how to edit in order to create a balance between functionality and style. Here is the dish on what’s hot and what’s not this 2015.

HOT: Glamour

Everybody wants a glamorous home where they can entertain guests and relax when they are alone. To add a bit of glamour to your home, add pops of color in a neutral space or add small jewels, such as lightbulbs, mirrors, or even a chandelier. It can be easy to go overboard when decorating with these types of items, which is why you have to step back and take a look after you are done decorating. Get rid of items that make your room look cluttered.

HOT: Colors

Different colors are hot every years. This year, Pantone announced that the color of the year is Marsala. You don’t have to stick to Marsala. Other colors that are hot this year include navy blue and indigo, as they go well with Marsala. You can use these colors as accent pieces in your home. You can work with paint or wallpaper.

HOT: Mixed metals

Another hot trend this year is metals. It doesn’t matter what type of metal you use, mixing is matching is the key. You can use metals everywhere in your home from bathroom to the kitchen. Work with stainless steel, brass, or gold. You will be surprised at how beautiful mixing and matching metals turn out.

NOT: Old ratty curtains

Throw away those old and ratty curtains and look for another type of window treatment such as elegant drapery. Old and oversized curtains can make your home look outdated. Out with the old and in with the new this season. You can work with patterns and colors that are trendy this season.

NOT: Mason jars

Mason jars were hot last year. They were used in different ways – planters, glasses, cupcake holders, and many more. Leave the mason jar trend behind as it is going to be a thing of the past this year. Shabby chic has gone and elegance is in. Instead of mason jars, use crystal vases and containers.

NOT: Chevron print

If there is a pattern that was overused the past years, it’s chevron. Chevron walls, carpets, and curtains. According to experts, chevron won’t be as hot this year as it was the past years. Out with the chevron. This year, cow patterns are your best bet. Use cow patterns for furniture, curtains, or carpets.

Now that you know what’s hot and what’s not, you can start updating and redecorating your home to welcome your friends this coming year. For more of the latest trends when it comes to design, consult home decoration magazines or get help from an interior design expert!

Image via ceterrainteriordesign.com

January 22, 2015

How to Give Your Bedroom an Autumn Makeover

As we say goodbye to summer, there’s no better way to welcome autumn than by giving your home a makeover. The cooler weather is the perfect time to turn a lacklustre bedroom into your sanctuary. Leading homewares stylists Betty Wong and Lucy Wolstoneholme for MyHouse share the coolest bedroom trends for the upcoming season.

Checks and stripes
Classic or contemporary, nothing beats the timeless look of checks and stripes. This season we’ve witnessed an explosive comeback of tartans, embracing 70’s punk fashion with bold red and black and white patterns.

Autumn/Winter 2014 will offer a fresh facelift with a subtle adaptation of this iconic design. Thin lines and softer shades will make a statement in the bedroom without compromising elegance or visual harmony.  Incorporate the classic check and stripe look into bedspreads, curtains and feature pillowcases for a much needed crisp edge. 

Indigo Vase 14cm, $39.95

Magnificent metallic
Forget everything you ever knew about never combining silver and gold. Mixed metals take the spotlight this season with rich coppery shades, warm gold and cool silver accents for creating an imperial feel in the bedroom and adding that extra touch of glam.

This season isn’t about over-the-top style, but rather embraces strokes of luxury to create a space graced with rich personality and chic comfort.           

Sly Copper Diamond Cushion, $59.95


A texture tendency
Texture has always been one of the key ingredients required to make a room look truly beautiful, but this year pattern and texture layering is especially big.

Whether it’s the materials used for bedroom furniture and accessories or the colour and print of fabrics and walls, strategic interior layering will make its way into the bedroom this season.

This trend will be interpreted heavily through statement decorator pieces such as bedside lamps, frames and wall furnishings. Innovative combinations such as wood and ceramic mixed with carved stone will add spice to the bedroom interior and create an understated depth that plays on the complexity of nature and gives the eye something interesting to look at.

Emily, Elizabeth and Virginia Throws, from $59.95

Classic glamour
Say goodbye to neutral palettes and floral inspired pastels and say hello to valiant glamour. This season is all about interiors encapsulating drama, luxury and extravagant aesthetics. When it comes to furnishings, think The Great Gatsby meets Marie Antoinette, as marble, stone and luxurious leather make a huge comeback. Vibrantly dark and moody shades such as deep purple, peacock green, brick-red and navy will rule the colour scheme of the season.

Conway Cushion, $39.95

Uneasy about trying dark shades in the bedroom? Start with a feature wall, or try punctuating the space with reflective surfaces to bounce light around the room.

What are your favourite autumn home design trends?

February 25, 2014

How To Use Colour In Your Home

Colour can make one of the biggest impacts on the look and feel of a room. Colour placement, patterns and coordination all work together to create an atmosphere that makes a room – and home – special. Some of our favourite famous interior designers like Jamie Drake and Anthony Baratta use accents like furniture and artwork to enhance room design, and colour to completely transform a space.

Follow these colour tips, suggestions and design inspiration for your interior decorating projects.

Anthony Baratta
Anthony Baratta is a NYC-based interior designer who’s motto is “one third function, two thirds delight.” Isn’t that a fantastic design philosophy? This is exactly what you’ll find with his fun, eclectic and colourful spaces, like this show-stopping retro-inspired living room accented with baby and royal blues.

jamiedrakeJamie Drake
Jamie Drake is a famous interior designer based in NYC, known for his “exuberant colour sense” that he incorporates into all his designs. And boy, is he not afraid of colour, just like this eye-popping fuchsia ottoman, with complimentary lamps, cushions and rug. Jamie often uses a neutral base colour for sofas and lounging furniture, and uses colour on the focal point of the room. This is one of our favourite design tips: when using colour, make sure the room is balanced and not overwhelmed with one colour.
Laura Day
Laura Day transitions houses to homes by keeping it simple, and adding pops of colour through accessories, like in the rich gold cushions and cerulean blue lamp above. Laura says “a neutral room can sing a different song every single day if only you accessorise.” One of her design philosophies is that choosing colourful accessories but keeping the bones of the room classically neutral make it easier to incorporate the changing seasons and different decorating trends.barbarabarryBarbara Barry
Colour doesn’t have to be loud, it can be subtle and natural and create just as much emotion as vibrant hues. This is Barbara Barry’s design philosophy. She attributes her Californian upbringing as one of the biggest design influences. Her elegant home design and favourite colour schemes take inspiration from nature, whether it be from a bouquet of flowers, the mountains or ocean. The dining room she designed above uses vintage yellows and greens like those found in nature to accent the natural wood table, and bring a sense of calm and familiarity to the space.

Bright and colourful? White on white? Subtle and understated? What are your favourite home colour schemes?

Photos: Design Milk /  Elle Decor / Laura Day / Elle Decor

January 22, 2014