| Kim Cook |
ARE you a fan of midcentury modern? Drawn to classic elegance? Does the handcraft of global decor grab you?
There was an era when experts said to pick just one but now we can mix and match or go all in. Each season brings updated versions of successful pieces, plus an interesting array of new looks.
“Keep an eye out for versatile accent pieces, the kind that can work in a myriad of places, and consider material and colour combinations,” says Beth Kushnick, set decorator for CBS’ “The Good Wife”. “These are some of the easiest ways to refresh any space, and there’s a tonne of stylish options out right now at a range of price points.”
Some tips for your decor:
TOUCH OF FALL
“Look for texture-rich accessories – like a box with stone inlay or a wooden sculpture – that add an element of nature to your space. Mix in a variety of metals to add a sense of luxury,” Kushnick advises.
Says Los Angeles-based designer Trip Haenisch: “I’m seeing a lot of fabrics with luxe textures this season. Linen velvets and woven fabrics are really in. You can quickly and inexpensively incorporate texture into your space through the use of pillows and throws.”
West Elm’s Finn sofa is offered in nubby wools, velvets, suede and chenille
Restoration Hardware’s fringe of smoked glass facets create a three-ringed lighting that evokes the 1920s in this Odeon fixture
Restoration Hardware’s Varick chandelier is as much a sculptural piece as it is lighting
West Elm’s pendant fixture in a pierced warm metallic hue would make a pretty accent light for a kitchen island or entryway
LIGHT IT UP
High-end lighting design has found its way into the mid-range market, which means pricier styles at mass- market retailers.
Look for shades with crisp geometrics, nubby textures and crewel-work patterns to update lamps for not much money.
Pierced metal is showing up in many accents, including lighting. Milky glass pendants look country-modern. You’ll also find matte-finish shades with foil interiors that catch light dramatically.
HomeGoods’ accent table with a Scandinavian cottage vibe in a rich green provides a pop of colour and some handy storage in a variety of room settings
HomeGoods’ butterscotch leather ottoman with nailhead trim makes a versatile style statement
HomeGoods’ pillows in rose gold and a burnished metallic colour
Play with colour, Kushnick urges.
“There are some gorgeous grays and subtle greens, and 2014’s radiant orchid and coral add a lush pop almost anywhere,” she says. “You can make a big splash just by updating a wall colour or bringing in a few vibrant accent pieces.”
You’ll also see carrot, purple, lemongrass, ocher, clove, molasses and olive in throw pillows, bedding and upholstery.
Ombre, tile, ziggurat, cinquefoil and filigree patterns grace lampshades, rugs and drapery. Naive woodland motifs and ‘70s-era kitchen prints dress wall art and napery. The newest geometrics and traditional prints are overscale.
Wayfair’s Chantal vase
Wayfair’s Stria vases. The Stria vase collection’s hallmark is a graphic faceted shape
West Elm’s Clover coffee table takes an iconic midcentury shape and comes in a variety of finishes. PHOTOS: AP
HomeGoods’ armless accent chair with a lace and filigree pattern in a soft pink hue
After a few seasons in a supporting role, midcentury modern takes the lead this season. Accent chairs are armless or lower-profile, and furniture has either a California-chic or Danish-modern vibe.
Upholstered furniture gets its shirt tucked in. No more slouchy, sloppy slipcovers – the newest pieces tend toward trim and tight, but in comfier, softer fabrics.
We’re seeing a lot of side and coffee tables with metal legs.
You’ll see faceted pieces across the accessory spectrum, in mirrors, containers and trays. (AP)