When the Christmas decorations come down, the house seems a little bare. Rearranging my space gets me thinking about changing up my decor. The new year is a great time for a little room redesign. I regularly read an embarrassing number of home decorating magazines and blogs, and I can happily spend hours looking at photos of fabulously decorated spaces. What can I say? It is a cheap hobby that makes me happy. Sometimes it even pays off with inspired décor in my own home.
Here are eight decorating trends that I am loving right now.
1. Piles of colorful pillows
People are in two camps about decor pillows- they either love ’em or hate ’em. I am in the love camp because you can change up the look of a room easily and quickly. If you have neutral basics, you can add a lot of wow without making permanent changes. Pillows are easy to change out seasonally, especially if you just swap the inserts into different pillow covers. Aren’t these Pottery Barn pillows pretty? They would add a fresh burst of color to my sofa.
Here is my version of the pillow trend in my office:
2. Gold metals
After several years of silver and pewter, gold is back. Silver colored metals look good with the gray colors that have been trending for the past few years, but gold metals, including brass and copper, add warmth. I love antiqued brass and the patina of gold based metals. A decorator once described my home as “bookish and warm.” That suits me, since too much silver leaves me cold. This mantel is simple and pretty:
3. Blue painted furniture
I LOVE blue and am glad to see it enjoying a revival. The 80’s tried to kill it for good, but it is too classic and beautiful to stay away for long. Blue paint makes old furniture look inviting. When I see it, I want it.
Photo by Lana Pribic http://worn-in-perfection,tumblr.com/84936386890
I have always loved maps and have had different versions on my walls through the years. Easy, pretty and cheap, what more could you want? A couple of years ago I framed some maps of the islands where we have sailed. I am trying to figure out where I can hang them in my new (old) house. I love this verion from Country Living magazine.
5. Vintage trunks
I have a large collection of vintage and not so vintage trunks. I love them for their decorating and storage potential. Isn’t this display from 1 Life Inspired gorgeous?
Patterned rugs bring quick style to a room, and because they are on the floor and not in your face, you can use a lot of pattern without overkill. This is my favorite kitchen ever, via The Lettered Cottage. That rug elevates this room above the average white kitchen. I love the scale too.
My brother was recently looking to change up his living room and my niece and I agreed that gallery walls are not only on trend, but also a great way to personalize a space. I appreciate this trend, since I moved to a smaller house I have too many pictures and too few walls. If you need help, there are lots of gallery wall templates on Pinterest. Here are two of my gallery walls.
I love, love, love this trend. I am floral design challenged; you would never know that I have a cousin who is a world class floral designer. He decorated for one of the presidential inaugurations and travels all over the country teaching other designers. I clearly didn’t inherit the same floral design gene, but I can put a stem in a bottle. Put a pretty flower in a bottle on my windowsill and I am happy.