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Summer design update

Five expert-styled looks to keep your home on trend

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1. Pops of Colour

“It’s been a long period of greys, whites, neutrals,” says Susan Drover, owner and principal designer at SAM Design Inc. in St. John’s, N.L. Update your palette. Think rich inky greens, smokey plums, and pastel pinks in pale blush feminine tones: a mix of masculine and feminine. “This is OK for those who currently have a white, neutral palette,” says Drover. Try white as a backdrop, she says. “It’s a great place to start to use an injection of colour.” Drover suggests colour-blocking walls, popping colour on muted interior doors and backsplashes with jewel-toned colours in large scale ways, or bathroom feature walls with fun tiles.

2. Classic black & white

Photo: Matt McMullin

For Nancy Dibblee, owner and interior stylist at Fine Interiors in Halifax, black and white is a classic combination that is on trend. “I have a black wall in the dining room with black and white photography,” says Dibblee. She suggests creating contrast with accent pieces that are affordable and simple to swap out when trends change. “A rule of decorating: every room can use a touch of black.” Dibblee suggests combining black with brass or classic white. Try crisp white linen on a bed with a black and white striped sheet, or placing a black chair nearby.

 

3. Brass is back

Photo: Matt McMullin

“Not everyone is on board with this but you can incorporate brass with lighting, plumbing, and furniture,” says Dibblee. “It is on trend for 2018.” She suggests taking a classic piece of furniture and swapping out the pulls for brass ones. “I did a blue island with brass pulls, and it was a great way to update a kitchen.” She says mixing metals can feel weird at first, but it can look good. She loves mixing in the Delta Trinsic faucet with a gooseneck in brass. “You have your stainless steel sink and stainless steel appliances, and incorporating brass brings a balanced feeling and complements it.”

4. Textures to the touch

“Velvet looks luxurious, especially in deep blue,” says Dibblee. Start small with a pillow, a throw, or an accent piece in deep blue. “This is not your grandmother’s traditional velvet sofa that you’re not allowed to sit on. Jazz it up.” Drover agrees: “Luxurious textiles for your furniture, pillows and throws in velvets and wools, is like jewelry for an outfit. It will dress things up.”

 

 

5. Going green

A resurgence of gorgeous planters and fresh organic greenery means greenhouse displays, hanging plants and anything tropical is a hot trend. “We know plants make us feel happier, leave us feeling recharged, make us healthy,” says Dibblee. Her favourite is the fiddle leaf fig tree. “The leaves are leathery, and there are only 20 to 30 leaves on a typical plant. Put one in an empty corner to help balance and round out a room.” Drover also suggests botanical wallpaper in rich hues as an inexpensive way to update a look and bring in colour and life. “Botanical wallpaper on a full wall is dramatic, happy, and fun. Wallpaper is so simple. There are amazing options. Rather than a whole room, paper behind a sofa or bed, or all the walls of a small powder room. “

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