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Working trends into your home decor

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Experimenting with current trends is an excellent way to freshen up your space. Accessories can be an inexpensive and easy way to test the waters of your favorite trend. Adding the new with the old, and mixing it up with your sentimental favorites, is what makes a house a home.

Here are three examples of current home decor trends and how you can make them work in your home.

Color-blocking, which has been so popular in the fab world of fashion, made the leap into decor. Work with three of your favorite colors and see where it takes you.  If you start adding more colors you can end up with a home decor disaster.

An inexpensive and easy way to add color is to paint to the back of open cupboards or bookcases. You can also gather “like colored” items from around your home and group them together in an energized color-blocked collection.

Design Shuffle

Wohn Idee

Nautical is crazy popular right now for the home. The traditional nautical colors of red, white, and blue, paired with tailored stripes, gives off the clean, crisp vibe. If the style of your home doesn’t lend itself to the sea, desk accessories, anchor pillows, sea shells, wooden ships or knot artwork are smaller pieces you can work into your home decor.

Country Living

Shagreen (shuh-green) This is a trend that is building momentum; in the next six expect to see more shagreen products mass marketed. Shagreen covered items add another layer of texture and interest to a room.

House Beautiful

Much to the chagrin of most sharks and rays, their skin, shagreen, has been used on decorative items and furniture since ancient times. Egyptians adored its pearly texture and Japanese samurais used it on the handles of their swords. Louis XV and Madame Pompadour were huge fans of the luminescent, pebbly leather and had exquisite wig boxes covered in it. During the Art Deco period, furniture and boxes were commonly upholstered with shagreen and dyed in soft pastel shades. Today, shagreen is still coveted and used on luxurious furniture and decorative objects because of its amazing texture that is reminiscent of tiny beads.  Luckily for sharks and rays, faux shagreen is an alternative option and unless you are an expert, it’s hard to tell the difference.” The Pink Chandelier

Just like with fashion, not all trends will work for you. Your home should be comfortable and reflect your personal style, but yet don’t be afraid to freshen it up every so often.

Categories: Color Trends, Decorating Tips, kitchens, Selecting Colors

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