It goes without saying, but the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture show in Milan is an exciting experience for everyone who attends, especially those who are in the design and interiors industries. For Eric Kole and Jason Claire, it’s a chance to see what’s new from well-established manufacturers and to see who’s new in the world of design.
This year they came back with some new lines for the store (more to come on that later) as well as several trends to share with you all. Here’s a small recap…
The rugs at the show were deeply jewel-toned and monochromatic. What was most interesting about them, however, was the way in which they were distressed. Many looked almost threadbare in the treatment of their surfaces. Regardless of how “worn” the rug was, though, there was still a beautiful color or pattern visible.
If you’re one to keep your furniture fairly neutral, a vibrant rug is a great way to bring color to a room.
There’s just a couple of trends left from Milan. Check back with Design Clique to see what it is!
Today’s trend from Milan deals with color!
At the Salone del Mobile, Jason and Eric noticed a definite trend towards manufacturers using deep, rich, saturated jewel-tones. Think pure indigo or vibrant ruby reds. These colors were seen everywhere too. From rugs and wall coverings to upholstery fabrics, vendors in Milan were not afraid of color.
About a month ago, Vastu co-owners Eric Kole and Jason Claire had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair in Milan. They came back with great ideas, loads of inspiration and possibly even some new products for Vastu. The other thing they brought with them was a good understanding of some trends being established at an international level.
Over the next few days, I’ll go over some of those trends (along with gorgeous photos from the shows) so you can get some inspiration and maybe even introduce a few of those concepts in your own home designs.
Today’s trend from Milan is a two for one deal.
While we don’t necessarily encourage following trends when it comes to your home decor it is always interesting to wait and see what Pantone, the “global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries”, dictates as the Color of the Year.
For 2012 it turned out to be Tangerine Tango!
Many thanks to everyone who showed up last night for the DC Apartment Therapy Design Evening panel discussion on Trendspotting. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the group conversation from everyone on the design trends we love, hate (and love to hate). While we did do some live-tweeting of the event, it didn’t come close to one particular attendee D. Harris (@aposhgirl on Twitter). We blame it on trying to juggle a beverage in one hand and a smartphone in the other, but that’s neither here nor there…
And so with Harris’s permission, we give you a recap of last night…in Tweet-form. Read more
Florida Today has a great article on easy ways to get your home ready for spring. Follow their 10 easy steps to make your interior match the bright, airy, warmth of the new season.
1. Clear it out. Remove clutter from surfaces like bookshelves, coffee tables, side tables, etc. If you decide to redecorate, try to use fewer items to keep the space feeling open.
2. Refresh your furnishings. If your furniture is starting to look a little worn, consider having it professionally cleaned or reupholstered to give it new life. Buying new furniture and selling or donating your old pieces is also a great way to update your home.
3. Bring the outdoors in. Place fresh flowers around your home to truly celebrate the season.
4. Let the indoors out. Your outdoor space should be an extension of your interior. Show you style outside with some great landscaping and interesting outdoor furniture.
5. Go lighter, brighter. Replace your darker colored decor items, such as pillows, blankets, duvets and vases, with lighter colored ones. Oranges, greens, yellows and Pantone’s color of the year – Honeysuckle – would certainly brighten any room.
Click here to read the remaining 5 tips to help get your home ready for spring.
The September/October issue of DC Magazine features our very own Jason Claire and his “go-to” products for creating a great interior design. Be sure to check out his feature, as well as the piece on Vastu friend, Kaleo Kala (on page 55). A huge thank you to the DC Magazine team for including us!
Do you have a challenging space or need some design guidance? Design Direction is a chance for you to submit photos or videos of your design challenge(s) and a Vastu interior designer will provide you with some help. Every Wednesday we will feature one reader’s submission.
“I am about to move into a new home.. YEAH!! I have always dreamed of having my bedroom in a romantic PURPLE. Of course the entire room wouldn’t be purple but my comforter would set the tone for the room. Recently my love and I were looking and decided on 4 colors for our new home. HE decided that the walls in the bedroom can be TEMPE STAR. While I totally agree this color must go on a wall in our home, He crushed my dream of PURPLE in my bedroom or did he??? Help!! I totally need bedroom ideas for both of us to be happy.”