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There has been an increasing trend in the last few years toward city-inspired design. It has gotten the attention of Wired as well as HGTV and many others. Adding an urban feel to your space can bring a touch of sophistication, but with a slight edge. From exposed brick to cityscape images, people can’t get enough of this trend. Let’s take a look at some elements you can easily incorporate into your home.
For those looking to add a bit of the big city to their living or game rooms, city-inspired chess sets are the next trend. Thanks to 3D printing, people can make customized sets. This way, they can play with elements from their home (or dream) city. London’s Skyline Chess has released its own version with Big Ben as the Rook and the Shard as the Queen.
City-Inspired Lamp Designs
A variety of city-inspired lamp designs have begun to capture the imagination. Translucent lampshades featuring cityscapes are great for nightlights. They add a mature feel to any space, while also preventing painful bumps in the night. More abstract interpretations have also become quite popular. Companies such as Hubbardton Forge are showing aluminum and glass fixtures that represent minimalist interpretations of a skyline.
Travel Inspired Accent Pillows
If you want just a touch of that sophisticated city feel, accent pillows are a wonderful way to go. Whether you want to represent your home city, your favorite place to have traveled, or a location on your bucket list, this trend has something for you. Pillow Décor is currently showing throw pillows with the name of a city as well as its longitude and latitude. With vintage typewriter text, these evoke the raging 20s of the big city.
City-Inspired Coffee Tables
Coffee tables are also showing their love of the big city this year. The most widely publicized of these designs is from Mousarris, coming in at 8,500 pounds. However, other designers are beginning to pick up on this trend. We expect to see much more affordable variations coming out later this year.
From lamps to pillows to chess sets, “the city” is inspiring many designers right now. If you’re planning a renovation, you may want to consider adding in some of these architectural elements in a bigger way. However, if you just want a new take on your existing scheme, these smaller design elements can be easily incorporated. Now you can embrace city living without having to leave your house.
The fashion world is buzzing over bright and bold prints this year. Mixing patterns is the new “matching,” and people are running with it. Hollywood heavy-hitters have been spotted in paint splatters, stripes, daring abstract designs, eye-catching geometrics and bold tropical plants and animals prints in vibrant colors. This trend extends into the décor sphere as a natural extension. Now is the time to embrace your adventurous side and dive into the bold world of prints! Let’s take a look at some of the most popular fashion trends and their corresponding décor options.
Faded plaids are back in. Evoking a sense of the 90s but in a more sophisticated iteration, these bold prints are all over the runway. It is being featured in both tailored and relaxed silhouettes. It looks both comfortable and mature. This is now making an entrance in home décor as well. It brings a classic and vibrant feeling to any room.
Leopard Bold Prints
Nothing says “bold statement piece” like leopard print. These realistic looking animal prints are here in a big way. Embrace your wild side, and don’t be shy. There are so many options for incorporating this dynamic into your household design. If full animal bold prints is too much for you, try something a little subtler. A favorite is the Variegated Throw Pillow. This incorporates a certain audaciousness with a country-inspired comfort.
Big Bold Dots
Dots are taking over—and not just delicate polka dots, but big and bold dot patterns as well. Mixing and matching colors is perfectly acceptable (and embraced) with these prints. Try incorporating a combination of sizes in the same color palette. Alternatively, combine various colors in the same general dot size. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, do both! You can do no wrong with your dots this year!
The fashion world is immersed in bright, colorful, large stripes. This is a fun way to incorporate splashes of color into your wardrobe. Likewise, it is a fantastic way to brighten up your space this season. If you have a room in a need of an accent, these patterns are excellent to work with. Traditional horizontal and vertical stripes are a good base. Try being a bit more daring, though. With so many variations on the classic stripe look available, go for something new!
Be Daring with Bold Prints
Don’t be shy when it comes to decorating. Bold, bright, beautiful prints are in. Let yourself explore some fresh and exciting looks for your space. While you’re at it, maybe try some on yourself. Carpe pattern!
Mongolian sheepskin is emerging onto the scene, and it’s beautiful. The colors are gorgeous, and who doesn’t want to snuggle up to it? Pillows made from this natural material are in high demand right now. In part, that’s because they’re fantastic design elements and because they’re so comfortable. What many people do not realize, however, is how good they are for you. Take a look at some of the benefits of using Mongolian sheepskin pillows.
The sheep from which the wool is garnered have specific living conditions. They’re exposed to extreme heat during the day and extreme heat at night in their natural environment. Their ability to adapt to these extreme temperatures means their wool can maintain heat or coolness. The result is a material that keeps you warm when you curl up with it in winter. When it warms up, the fibers dispel heat quickly. It acts as a natural temperature-regulator. For anyone living in an area that gets four seasons a year, this material is a lifesaver.
Every wool fiber on a sheep grows in a spiral shape. Each of these tiny springs respond to the amount of pressure placed on them. The result is a body-hugging experience that thoroughly supports you. This helps eliminate pressure points and thus reduce pain. Use small, rectangular throws for lower back support or full squares for the whole back experience.
Sheepskin has been used in healthcare for a long time due to the level of relief it brings patients. Those suffering from arthritis, stiffness, back problems, or hip injuries benefit from the use of this material. When patients are cold, it heats them up. In turn, this keeps circulation healthy. Once the patient is warm, it draws dampness away from the body. Nobody wants sweat sitting on their skin, so this further elevates comfort.
Maybe one of the best things about Mongolian sheepskin pillows is that they serve form as well as function. We’ve explored some remarkable health benefits associated with them, but there’s also plenty to be said for the design element they add to any room. These amazing pillows are the perfect balance of utility and comfort. Once you’ve squeezed one, you’ll see exactly what we mean. They also represent an awesome combination of sophistication and fun. Their fuzzy texture adds whimsy to any room while maintaining a sense of elegance. These trendy pillows are a welcome addition to any home or design scheme.
There’s no better way to ring in the summer season than with tropical home décor. The great thing about tropical décor is that, contrary to popular belief, you can go bright and bold or clean and sophisticated. Consider your existing color palette before choosing your tropical additions, and then look for accents with a tropical theme.
If you’d like a tropical theme year round, try out a light sea blue on the walls or a Florida Keys Blue. Light blue tones will be reminiscent of the sea, but not so bold as to overtake a room. Florida Keys Blue is more like the beautiful turquoise colors of the Florida Keys, and it can make any area feel tropical.
Fortunately, you don’t need an entire room to be repainted to bring in the tropics. Accents do a good job of giving your home the feel you’ve been looking for, even if it’s just for a season. For those just wanting some incredible summer accents for their spaces, here are some options to consider.
One of the most fun trends right now features sea creatures in your décor. For the fisherman in your life, this provides an alternative to that mounted bass over the fireplace. Simple, sophisticated, but with a nod to the sea, these accents recall the ocean. Choose a fish design that ties in with your color scheme for best effect. A personal favorite is the Lionfish.
For those with cool wall tones, beautiful seahorse décor makes for beautiful additions. These majestic creatures give you that underwater feel while remaining somewhat understated.
When you set your tropical theme in motion, don’t forget to add touches of underwater plant life. If you’d like to bring a tropical reef feel to your bedroom, explore some coral-inspired options. Pale coral tones work beautifully with darker design schemes.
Bold Is Beautiful
Big and bold tropical prints are trending right now, especially for outdoor areas. Tie your ocean theme home with your deck or pool area with bright and bold colors. Whether you choose Macaw Green or Sunset Orange, the right pillow colors can connect your inner tropic theme with your outdoor areas. If you want to embrace the season, jump in with some of these large print throws; they don’t have to be an obvious nod to the tropics. Waverly Fishbowl Caviar is a favorite year round but will still fit into a tropical décor.
Whether bright and attention grabbing or subtle and clean, there’s a summer-inspired tropical design out there for you. Experiment this season, and bring summer inside!
Pillows are a great décor item any time of year, but most people associate them only with fall and winter. The word “pillow” tends to connote a warm, somewhat bulky item that only serves indoor purposes. In reality, you can use pillows for a myriad of summer decorating projects, some of which we’ve highlighted here.
Use Durable Summer Pillows
Summer is the perfect time to move your decorating skills outdoors. Adding summer pillows to your deck or veranda can give it a splash of color and make guests more comfortable during a cookout or poolside party. While shopping for outdoor pillows though, make sure you look for a few key features:
- Weather protection. Look for acrylics and other fabrics that won’t hold moisture or become mildewed
- Durability. Avoid pillows made with silk, rayon, or nylon, as they will tear easily and are more difficult to clean
- UV resistance. Using a pillow that soaks up too much sunlight can make you hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. In addition to this, colors exposed to sunlight from the wrong sorts of fabric will soon fade. Look for temperature-resistant fabrics in light, heat-reflecting colors.
Bring the Beach Home with Summer Pillows
During spring and summer, everyone is anxious to get outdoors again. If you aren’t near a beach or mountain resort, use outdoor pillows to bring those luxurious locales a bit closer. Look for pillows with specific designs, such as beach scenes, pineapples, sunsets, or bright florals. If you want more subtle décor, seek out pillows with multicolored waves or stripes, or a tie-dye style.
Go Big and Bold
During summer, most people wear brighter, bolder colors. Your home and outdoor spaces can, too. Popular summer shades include –
- Turquoise, aqua, and indigo blues
- Deep, saturated pinks
- Neon greens and yellows
- Purple in almost any shade from lavender to violet; this is often used as an accent color in larger designs
- Oranges in bold or soft shades; these can be tinged with soft pink for a sunrise effect
Many summer designs also use larger, bolder prints than their fall and winter counterparts. Look for starburst designs, large geometric patterns, or patterns that evoke tribal or Native American cultures. Some summer pillows are made with fringe or tassels for an extra bold touch.
Nod to Mother Nature
Your pillows and other outdoor décor should be backdrops to the natural beauty around you. To facilitate this, look for pillows whose designs celebrate nature. Some pillows use floral designs, while others have a single bird or animal as a focal point. Still other pillows use more abstract designs, relying on colors like green, cream, and earth brown.
Decorating a room with geometric patterns and shapes is a bold move that’s sure to get your room noticed. Be careful, overuse of geometric shapes can be overwhelming to the eye. Make sure your room gets noticed for the right reasons, by following a few simple tips:
Keep to a Single Pattern
If you decide to cover a large area with geometric patterns, reserve yourself to using one pattern. By doing this, you will be able to use this pattern on many objects throughout the room without over-stimulating the eye. Research is important to decorate this way successfully. Find all the items you want to use before purchasing them. Once you begin shopping, you may decide to switch to a different geometric pattern due to the options you are finding the most of.
Consider the Color of Geometric Patterns
Another strategy that will allow you to use different geometric patterns is to focus on just one color palette. It is more pleasing to the eye to see different patterns together if they share the same colors.
The color of a geometric pattern can soften its effects greatly. Look for patterns that use similar colors, such as white and cream or two shades of light blue. The pattern will appear softer, because the pattern will recede into the background.
Reserve Your Theme to One Item
Geometric patterns create a strong focal point that fits the rule of less is more. If you have one item with the geometric pattern, centrally place it in the room. Next, decorate the rest of the room with solid colors and clean lines that will complement the geometric theme. This item could be very large, like a painting, area rug, or bedspread. A small item will be just as impactful such as lampshades, pillows, or placemats.
If you love art history, art prints or just enjoy spending time in art museums, you likely have a favorite artist or painting that inspires you. Be creative when decorating your home by using this passion for art as a theme for room décor. Don’t worry about breaking the bank to get a famous painter represented in your home, simply follow these ideas:
Create a Focal Point
If your piece of art is large, put it on display as the focal point of the room and decorate around it. Your favorite piece of art can be an original of a yet-to-be discovered artist to keep costs low. If it is a piece from Monet, you may want to opt for large art prints and splurge on an ornate frame. The focal point of the room doesn’t have to be a painting. You can find art on scarves or blankets that you can hung up as artwork as well.
Feeling creative? Paint your own replica of a masterpiece. Some famous painters’ work can be fun to mimic, such as Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue. If creating art isn’t what you had in mind, don’t worry; it is easy to find art prints and art-inspired objects.
Look around at stores and online, and you will find many items featuring famous artwork. Lampshades, curtains, towels, placemats, coasters, and pillows are all popular items decorated with famous art motifs.
Go Big with Art Prints
If you have the space and want to make a powerful statement about your favorite piece, consider reserving an entire wall to showcase your favorite artist. Buy a postcard of your favorite art and make many copies – enough to “wallpaper” your wall with the print. Another idea is to commission a local artist to paint a mural on the wall using your favorite painting style or movement.
After you have found your focal point and art-inspired objects to place in the room, keep the rest of the décor simple. Doing so will draw attention to the art prints and allow it to be the centerpiece regardless of its location or size. Pull colors from the piece of art to decorate the rest of the room. If the artwork contains many bright colors, choose only one to paint the walls or pick a lighter shade of the color to avoid overpowering the artwork. Save the stronger colors in the art for accent colors in the room.
Whether it’s a cat, dog, or goldfish, animal lovers love to display their favorite animal or breed, just as a sports fan likes to tout their favorite sports team. Adding pet-inspired touches to a room can be fun and whimsical, but it is also possible to maintain a high level of design aesthetic.
Color and Pattern for Animal Lovers
A pet-themed room doesn’t have to be filled with images of animals. Take a subtler path to creating your theme by designing a room with a color palette that is representative of your favorite animal. A Dalmatian-inspired room could be white and black with red accents. Look for spotted faux fur throws or upholstered chairs. Plaids are popular in dog accessories, so think plaid wall coverings or a plaid throw or bedspread matched with a neutral paint color similar to Rover’s brown fur.
Consider Your Pet’s Comfort
How better to show your love for your pet than to consider them when decorating your room? Make your beloved fish and fish tank the focal point of the room. Instead of hiding your dog or cat’s bed or scratching post, put it in the center of the room. Upgrade their bed to something that will be a conversation starter and complement the room décor.
Having an area designed for your pet’s comfort expresses how important your pet is in your life. A nice basket or bin can house your pet’s favorite toys. You can hang pet leashes or coats neatly with the rest of the family’s coats and accessories.
Pictures and Sculptures
Animal photography and paintings are plentiful and easy to find. Decorate your walls with artwork of your favorite pet. Add a personal touch by framing your own pictures of your pet to remember special moments with him or her. Look for sculptures and nick-knacks of your favorite animal at novelty and home stores. Yard sales and vintage shops are other fun ways to find animal memorabilia.
You can find animal images on just about any object. Clocks, aprons, napkins, tissue boxes, and throw pillows can be found with animal motifs on them. Get creative and do your own pet inspired piece of art to add to the room.
Nautical-inspired décor has always been popular and is making a strong resurgence this year. A maritime theme is possible in any room and can be as subtle or obvious as you choose.
Soothing Water Theme
For a soothing beach getaway feel, dress the room in paint and linens of light blue and green shades or light beiges and grays. Add a bright accent color, such as aqua, navy, or red, for interest. Nautical fabrics are easy to find and can be used to reupholster stool cushions or framed to add to your theme. You may also choose to strengthen your theme with nautical-inspired throw pillows. This is an easy way to create a nautical theme in any room, without spending a lot of time or money.
Favorite Vacation Spot
Fill a room with reminders of your last beach vacation to keep the memories fresh. Frame pictures of your family having fun building sand castles or splashing in the water. Or, you can add more-traditional pictures like sailboats, lighthouses, or weathered cliffs and buildings. You may even have a maritime painting that you purchased while on vacation that would set the tone for your nautical theme.
Maybe you collected some treasures while on your last vacation. Seashells are a great way to create an ocean theme. Large seashells can be centerpieces, and you can display driftwood and coral as pieces of art. Another idea is to fill a jar with small seashells. Use seashells to create a frame around a favorite photo or glue seashells onto a candle to add nautical touches to a room.
You can add fishing nets, oars, and life preservers to a room to enhance your theme. Get creative and use a fishing net as a curtain. A life preserver can double as a shadow box, and you can place oars horizontally above a bed or couch or stacked in a room corner.
Recent décor trends call for texture throughout the home. From raw wooden surfaces in the kitchen to woven fabrics in the living room, the emphasis is on natural, unrefined materials. For those of us who want to dip our toes in the trend, textured throw pillows add visual interest to your living room without going overboard.
Why create texture in the first place? Usually one’s eyes are initially drawn to the lines of a room; along the walls, around furniture, or along the straight lines of exposed baseboards and carpet. These tend to be smooth, less cluttered but also less visually arresting. But just like looking at a photograph, our eyes naturally search for that final focal point in a room. The right throw pillows can be an excellent way of drawing the eye into the room, while at the same time extending an invitation to sit and relax.
Many people are aware of the power of color but few realize that texture can be just as effective at creating a visual point of interest in a space. For example, a long haired Mongolian sheepskin textured pillow on a smooth leather sofa can creates fantastic contrast in texture. Similarly, the reverse will work just as well, such as in the example of a smooth silk textured pillow on more heavily textured chenille sofa.
Not only are pillows a great a way of bringing texture into a room, but they can also be changed with the seasons, and are more affordable than many larger accents pieces such as curtains or area rugs. Pillows allow you the freedom to experiment with color and texture until you find the perfect look without compromising comfort.
You can try to apply texture to the walls or ceiling in the eccentric rooms in your home and contrast this look with bright or patterned pillows. This loft looks fantastic, though without some pillows to liven up the space it would look sterile and perhaps too much like a museum. Notice how the orange and black pillows stand out against the white walls, also successfully complementing the picture hanging above the couch.
Because the texture is the focus of the pillows, arranging them carefully is a must. It is just like hanging a picture. Pillows tossed carelessly against the floor or in the middle of the couch make the room look cluttered. Speaking of the couch:
• If you have two pillows sitting at both ends of your couch, find two with different patterns. You might want to keep the same texture so they match, but choose one with a solid color and the other with polka dots.
• Large sofas work best when patterned pillows are in the middle with solid colors at each end, or vice versa. Make sure your textured pillow matches the couch!
• Prints work much better with neutral colors. Bright-colored pillows stand out like a neon-green jogging suit in a room full of tuxedos.
• If you do decide to mix up patterns, at least one color should stay consistent. Otherwise, the color scheme fails and it looks less like décor and more like what you found in a string of garage sales.
• Vary the size of each pattern if possible. For instance, if one pillow has light, thin stripes, pick another with a bold plaid.
Floor pillows and poufs are a great way to add extra seating and a decorative look to any room. Because they come in an endless variety of fabrics and sizes, they can be used in every room of the home. Recent college graduates take note: buying some sturdy pillows is going to be a lot cheaper than getting a whole set of chairs. Here are some neat ways to use pillows!
Accent Woodwork. Amber and maroon-colored floor pillows look great set against a dark hardwood floor or even scattered about next to a dark banister. Also, consider a woven floor cushion, its wicker-like design looks great against lighter colored wood flooring. Light wood also looks excellent with a paisley pattern adorning the pillow’s exterior. White on black is another popular mix-up.
Liven the Room. For a fun accent style, go for floor pillows in bright colors and bold prints. For a more refined look, luxurious fabrics, like velvet in sandy neutrals or vibrant gem tones, add a touch of sophistication. Bright curtains supplement the zany pillows well against a neutral tone if you want the room to look young.
Coziness. Pillows used for seating in tiny spots are not only adorable, but comfortable as well. Pillows are stackable, which essentially makes them adjustable chairs. Place floor pillows around a short tea table in the corner of the room against the window. It will be your own little nook for relaxation after the days’ work.
Create Piles.You can use your pillows to make stacks on stacks on stacks. We’re not talking about money – we’re talking about height variation! Instead of using a classic end table at the foot of your couch, consider styling the room with extra tall end tables leaned up against the walls. This will create a unique contrast between the short pillows and the high tables. Typically, many home surfaces tend to be at waist height so why not mix it up?
Outdoor Floor Pillows. If you have an open patio overlooking a sprawling horizon, why not give yourself something to lean against? A dark, striped rug matches white-painted decks, giving you an excellent base to recline upon and it contrasts nicely with the wooden planks. With an exterior fire pit, you can recline with a good book in tribal style. Invite some friends to a barbeque and take a night to look at the stars. Citronella wicker torches further accentuate the outdoors look and is superb at keeping away those pesky mosquitoes.
Neutral colors are often forgotten or pushed aside, especially during spring and summer when homeowners like to decorate using bright, saturated colors. While colors are a must for any decorating project, neutrals help ground your ideas and give you focal points from which to begin. Today, we’ll focus on how neutrals, especially neutral pillows, can enhance your spring and summer decorating.
One of the best things about neutrals is that they go with every color and theme imaginable. This is crucial if your spring or summer project revolves around a few large items or an eye-popping theme. For example, let’s say you want to re-cover the big couch in the center of your living room, and your living room’s theme is “sunset.” Upholster the couch in burnt orange, yellow, or soft pink. Then choose neutral pillows in beige or white to evoke clouds and calm. If you have a bedroom with a literary theme, stay away from pillows with big quotes on them. Instead, let the walls and main furniture pieces revolve around the theme. Use cream or chocolate-colored neutral pillows to ground the design and evoke a relaxing library.
Neutrals are often unfairly judged as boring. Yet neutrals are softer and less showy than other colors, so they’re easier to embellish. For instance, not many people know metallic colors are neutrals. If you want a truly eye-popping room, consider using pillows with hints of gold or silver sparkle to enhance existing neutrals. Purchase neutral pillows trimmed with fringe, lace, or embroidery to speak to a room’s theme – indigo trim for a celestial theme, perhaps. Finally, don’t forget the fabric. Neutral pillows can garner attention if they’re made from unique or luxurious fabrics like raw silk or Mongolian wool.
All There in Black and White
Using neutral pillows doesn’t mean sacrificing pattern and theme. In fact, black and white pillows are increasingly popular because their patterns are often more versatile than those in multicolored pillows. A black-and-white striped pillow could evoke your love of zebras and African safari trips – or it could be the backdrop for the multicolored quilt you received as a wedding gift. Black and white pillows with kaleidoscope designs can evoke everything from flowers to snowflakes to spider webs. Black and white pillows often have special quotes or postcard designs on them, so if you’d like to build a theme around a favorite travel destination, they’re a great choice.