Photo Gallery: 2011 Trends
See these five new decorating looks.
This living room exemplifies the latest, cosy approach to modern style, with luxurious textures like velvet, faux fur, leather, sisal and well-curated books, plants and objets. Nods to classic modernism endure with timeless furniture and crisp white walls, but the overall look is softened with hand-thrown pottery, ample pillows, tufted upholstery and lots of wood. Hits of silvery blue keep the palette au courant, while warm earthy tones enhance the homey vibe.
Various shades of silvery blue give life to what could otherwise be a ho-hum sofa, vase and pillow. Subtle tufting on the sofa complement the sleek design, while a golden yellow mohair pillow adds texture and warmth to a room.
Reactive glazed vase, ceramic, 21 1/2″ h. x 10 1/2″ diam, $59, Pier 1 Imports; Solid mohair pillow in Chestnut, 22″ sq., $295; Indigo Forest/Moss pillow, velvet; silk, 20″ sq., $395, Elte. Kennedy sofa, various fabrics, 31″ h. x 85″ w. x 34″ d., from $2,655, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Flea market finds and romantic florals have never looked so hip. Mixing chippy wood furniture, intentionally deconstructed upholstery and faded prints elevate this room from cute to contemporary. Handcrafted accessories from yesteryear are also seeing a revival, with decoupage and silhouette artwork looking mod and punchy. No need to worry about scratches or dents — this look is very forgiving.
A pink-edged dessert plate adds a touch of whimsy thanks to the decorative beetle design, with floral patterns repeated again in artwork and on the lamp. The club chair is a clean contrast to the distressed commode, which adds character and charm to a room.
Rouen club chair, linen; walnut, 36″ h. x 30″ w. x 28″ d., $1,350, Boo Boo & Lefty. Dianthus Oval lamp, glass; silk, 25″ h. x 14″ diam., approx. $1,557, John Derian. Anemone by Hugo Guinness, 9″ x 11″, approx. $160, Condé Nast. Louis XVI wood commode, 33 1/2″ h. x 45″ w. x 23″ d., $2,550, Angus & Company. Natural World Green Bugs dessert plate, China, 8″ diam., $18, Anthropologie.
Country style has perhaps come furthest from its origins — no more cutesy prints or red accents. Even finishing touches have simple lines and handcrafted appeal. Organic pieces like rough-hewn boards and firewood soften a clean white space with natural texture. The look is as hardworking as ever — industrial appliances and a farmhouse table that doubles as an island — but now emits modern serenity.
The bare-bones pendant lamp and bookcase are understated and clean, with simple lines and a raw feel. The wool throw continues the organic look, while the white range adds an industrial air to a kitchen.
This year, traditionalists are expressing their inner rebels with a riot of clashing colours and bold patterns. Rich decorating schemes emerge as chinoiserie wallpaper mixes with a camp-style red point blanket to offer appealing tension. Upholstered headboards, still in vogue, get an edgy update with nailhead detailing. Classic lampshades on swing-arm lamps, while still pleated and pretty, swap out more staid shades for exotic brights. Bits of gold detailing throughout add a balancing dose of traditional polish.
Bold blanket stripes contrast with the detailed feminine wallpaper and mirror, and the nailhead trimmed headboard keeps things current.
Worldly finds and exotic textiles look less eclectic and more elegant in this year’s sought-after globetrotting style. Scaled-back accents like a perforated-metal lantern and carved-wood screen exude a tailored Moroccan vibe. Leggy chairs and artwork with an African influence look just right paired with an Asian-inspired console. The cool blue and white palette gives a fresh facelift to earthy and jewel-toned pieces we’ve seen in the past. And a simple striped kilim is an easy way to bring the world to your door.
The handmade drop light is unique and elegant, and the geometric lines on the chair back, side table and mosaic pillow offer interest, too. These items imbue a worldly feel without being over-the-top.