When it comes to home decorating, it is easy to stuck in the same old rut. A traditional room with traditional furnishings can become just too… traditional. Perhaps it is time to shake things up with a brand new look for your not-so-brand-new home. Browse through these six home decorating trends and see if there is one that matches your personal style.
Modern Organic. And by organic, we mean natural looking. Modern furniture does not have to take a cubist approach with straight lines and hard edges. The new modern look has plenty of curves, but these gentle life-like curves avoid looking curly-cue or overly feminine. You can achieve the modern organic look with a variety of materials including wood, plastic, leather or metal. The accent colors will be almond, leafy greens, sand, tan and dark chocolate browns.
Shabby Chic. Warning, a true shabby chic look has a distinctly feminine look that is unlikely to appeal to the male gender. So unless you live alone, or the man in your life is extremely generous or oblivious to his surroundings, you may want to avoid shabby chic altogether. But if you do decide to go for it, go for the gusto by placing all white furniture and accessories in an all white interior, then distress the paint, fray the edges, and generally give your room that lived-in cottage look. If you grow tired of the all white theme, you can add a bit of color with cabbage roses and pink and green paint. Just make sure you keep the distressed look intact, even when repainting furniture or picture frames, or recovering pillows or lampshades.
American Country. The country look has evolved. Previously, American Country took its cues from English furniture styles, dependent upon the romantic look complete with pastel colors and frills. Today, American Country is more likely to mix traditional pieces with modern and contemporary furniture, but the baskets, quilts and red, white and blue color theme still provide the underlying essence of American Country decorating.
The Lodge Look. This decorating style epitomizes the concept of bringing the outdoors indoors. With large, real wood furniture, including twigs, poles, and Adirondack chairs, the lodge look incorporates touches of the old West with accents of real silver and turquoise, Navajo rugs, and thrown pottery used either as lamp bases or as accessories for the rough hewn wood mantel.
Mediterranean Country. This look can be either Tuscan or French, but it incorporates the colors and styles of Mediterranean old country homes with the convenience of modern living. You will find deep organic colors of rusts, ochre and saffron, plenty of wrought iron accents and simple lighting designs that may include candle-based light fixtures.
Island Chic. Think Tommy Bahama meets Ernest Hemingway in Casa Blanca. We all know Tommy Bahama was a fictitious character invented by the imaginations of a marketing team, but the line has come to represent elegant Island living, carried out with simplicity and class. The furniture can run from simple wicker, to elegant carved wood that reflects British Colonial styles. The main ingredient for Island Chic is the vivid color palette, consisting of tropical teals, salmon and yellows, usually played against a dark wood backdrop.
If any of these trendy new decorating styles have your imagination spinning, then you have definitely found your next look. Now it is time for a trip to your local paint store and favorite furniture retailer, and you will have your trendy new look in no time.
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