Ocean Interiors, Currents and Trends in Coastal Decorating.
Everywhere we see OCEAN, SPA, NAUTICAL or BEACH as themes – it’s that Coastal “Lifestyle” which has become the guideline for many even if they don’t live near the sea.
This is a photo of Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia
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by Liann Bobechko
|ECLECTIC has become the most popular “in” decorating style. The word is defined as a “mixture of” or a “combination using a variety of styles and decorating items”. The construction/buildings have a mixture of doors, windows, columns, textures, hardware and styles, in general! Its popularity can be attributed to the interior and exterior use of deep, rich colors, bold and subdued tones.mixed and with all textures.no longer used in just one or two styles but in all! For example, this year the rich textures of bamboo, rattan, and leather “pair up” with deep yellows, rich reds, soothing greens and earth tones! Dominating all homes of any style, the accessories often dictate the style rather than the colors and lines. Frills aside, natural wood grains never seem to go out of style and the crisp, tailored look of (many) homes today have been inspired by a masculine simplicity. What will inspire us next? We just don’t have a clue , do we?|
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|Natural Accents – Seashells and coral – even rocks – bring natural appeal to a room.||Classic wallpaper makes a resurgence. (I know, I made a face too)|
|For a nautical look, tailored canvas slipcovers, grommeted curtains, and striped pillows.||Keep patterns from looking too precious by layering large prints with smaller tossed florals.|
Benjamin Moore forecasts a 2010 colour palette of “new beginnings”
| Benjamin Moore Sees a Purple Reign in 2011 Color Forecast
(MONTVALE, NJ – SEPTEMBER, 2010) – From deep smoky wine to wildly pumped up fuchsia, purple promises to be a predominant color in home décor in 2011. So say the color experts at Benjamin Moore, who annually pronounce their predictions for the coming year in a booklet that’s free and available through the paint company’s extensive network of North American retailers. Envision Color 2011 is due in stores mid-October, and it is loaded with inspiring decorating ideas, photo illustrations, plus the forecasted palette of 18 hues.
“One purple to watch for in 2011 is Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine 2116-20,” said Sonu Mathew, ASID, the company’s senior interior designer, who also blogs about color and design at livingincolorwithsonu.typepad.com. It is an anchoring and rich hue with a deep brown base and a hint of smoky violet. Vintage Wine is the perfect foil for the latest wood finishes, leathers, linens and other textiles.”
But, for anyone who wants purple with a little more punch, Mathew says, Royal Flush 2076-20 is a sure bet for 2011. This berry-kissed Benjamin Moore color can be grounded when combined with neutrals or fashionable grays, yet swings to the exotic when teamed with other brights.
Mathew also noted there’s a range of pale yet power-statement colors headed our way in 2011. A standout among this group is Benjamin Moore’s Smoke 2122-40. “It is a subtle blue gray that is best described as an update of spa blue with an injection of sophisticated and seasoned gray.”
According to Mathew, a quest for balance is what’s driving our choices in life, and, thus, is the overarching trend that is influencing the 2011 palette.
Cues and Clues for 2011 Colors