What you really want to know is what are the new trends? Where is the look going?
I have to say that clean lines, classic design, bright fresh colors, are all the rage. “Transitional” and “eclectic” (don’t you just LOVE that word!) are definitely what’s in and happening now. I have explained “eclectic” in a previous blog and now let’s talk “transitional.”
“Transitional” is simply a look between traditional and contemporary. Basically, a cleaned up look of traditional – sleeker lines and not as much carving as your typical traditional look. It’s much easier, simpler, more classic, and comfortable than some of the heavy traditional/Mediterranean/Tuscan looks.
How can you update your home to the new look without totally redoing your space?
Let me just say right here, that we have always stayed true to our name of “EKLEKTIK”! We have brought all different kinds of designs to our showroom. From rustic, shabby chic, modern, balinese, tuscan, traditional, contemporary, and everything in between. In the past we have actually scared some people away thinking that we were going strictly contemporary… NOT TRUE!!! We are and will always be EKLEKTIK! We bring in the newest, best, unique, one-of-a kind, and most fashion-forward items that we can find! Believe me, I LOOK!
That being said, I do realize that we sometimes go “outside the box” for some people, but isn’t that what we are here for? To expand your mind and get your creative juices going to constantly re-evaluate your space, your lifestyle, and your taste!
I have had some of our best clientelle say to me, “You are going contemporary and I am not contemporary.” Well, even your true traditionalist can step outside the box and create a space like no other and stay true to their style and update at the same time.
For instance, pop some great color in an otherwise brown/drab room. Contemporary art is fantastic in a real traditional setting. It creates interest and give a new feel to a space where nothing else has really changed. You would be surprised what that one simple addition can do.
If you have a lot of small traditional art, group them into one large look. Maybe even around a large contemporary mirror. Move things around. Simplify the area that you have. When it is time to add a new piece to your space, go for a more updated version – cleaner lines, classic design, maybe even a mirrored piece.
Look through design magazines (current ones); they will give you a real indication of what is happening and where you can mix styles. Hire a professional, even if it is just for an hour or two. Believe me, it is well worth the investment.
And, ok, I may be going out on a limb here, but there is one thing that I have noticed in a lot of the homes that I go into – florals – lots of florals! Now, I am ok with florals, BUT, in moderation! It seems that if you don’t know what to do with a space, “Let’s just put a floral there,” mentality takes over. There should not be more than one major piece per room. Even now the look is really more natural and not so contrived! They should look real and natural – a just picked look, if you will.
Also, if you have 4 or more florals in a room, simplify! One great natural look in a simple vase with maybe a simple floral on a side table is really all you need. Also, if they haven’t been cleaned or re-done in over a year, DO IT!!! There is nothing worse than tired, dirty, faded florals. Just a side note here, when entertaining, use fresh when at all possible.
For now I will leave you to think about what has been said and I will return with more ideas of new trends and great ideas for you to help you in your quest for “Creating a beautiful environment for exceptional living!”
Till then, “Live beautifully!”