Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Traditional Remix

This year’s quintessential look offers a relaxed approach to classic style, with a hit of timeworn edge. Formal is softened up to lose its fussy reputation in a calm, cool, collected mélange of opposites: a formal settee is paired with a slipcovered chair, feminine chintz upholstery contrasts with masculine leather, industrial sconces dress down classic panelling, vintage modern lamps sit on lacquered tables, painted plank floors are topped with preppy striped rugs. It’s this mix that defines our favourite trend of 2010.

• Striped rug. Rug, Dash & Albert.
• Chintz fabric. Osborne & Little Giverny Lomasi fabric, Primavera; settee, Barrymore.
• Crushed velvet cushions. Velvet, Designer Fabrics; sewing by Blinds, Drapes & Bedding.
• Industrial-inspired sconces. Sconces (painted black), Rona
• Spool furniture. Desk, Klaus by Nienkämper.
• Painted plank flooring. Wood floor, The Home Depot; floor colour, Edgecomb Gray (HC-173), Benjamin Moore.
• Warm metal accents. Lamps, Machine Age Modern.
• Substantial mouldings. Trim, baseboards, Central Fairbank Lumber.
• Blue-black doors. Door colour, Hague Blue (30), Farrow & Ball; door, Central Fairbank Lumber.
• Sculptural art. Art, Decorum.

Organic Modern

The bathroom is finally getting its due as a living space, but this look works in any room with the right mix of elements. The appeal lies in the forest-meets-concrete-and steel style. Nods to nature include the egg-shaped freestanding tub, the textural wall of wood and loads of natural light. White walls, a classic wire chair and polished concrete floors complete the look.

• Freestanding tub
• Concrete floors
• Centred floor-mount faucet
• Stacked wood
• Iconic wire chair

Luxe Loft

Warehouse-inspired living gets a deco-glam update. Get the look by choosing muted jewel tones, reflective surfaces like silk, sequins and chrome, and luxurious velvet upholstery. Keep it livable with
soft shapes and low, lounge-like arrangements.

• Low, armless sectional
• Muted eggplant and lavender
• Velvet upholstery
• Silk area rug
• Oversized art

Black Magic

Ebony-painted walls are daring, bold and fearless — and the key component of this new neutral look. Brighten it up with natural fibres such as bamboo, wicker and seagrass, and a light floor. Add sculptural interest with intricate antiques and warmth with kilims and groupings of curios. Choose light art that pops off the dark walls.

• Black walls
• Spool chair
• Potted plants
• Faded kilim carpet

New British Colonial

Plantation style is a perennial favourite, and every few years it comes back with a fresh twist. This time around it has a light, elegant palette and a subtle exotic flavour.

• Soft, pretty palette
• Statement ceiling fixture
• East Indian influence
• Refined rattan

Tailored Gypsy

This year the layered boho look grows into a polished version of itself. Think hand-dyed fabrics, intricate furniture, bold, colourful art and eclectic accessories set against clean white walls.

• Four-poster bed
• Saturated textiles
• Embroidery
• Curated collections

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