Lumar Interiors’ Blog
Some might think that purchasing a custom sofa through a designer/decorator is well, extravagant…
A few posts back we showed you a living room and kitchen update we were working on. The Richmond Hill residents were gutting their kitchen and then redecorating their living and dining rooms. See here for the full story.
I ask that because, funnily enough, after having worked on 100’s of decorating projects I find people either belong to one colour camp or the other. They either love blues and say they don’t like greens or they love greens and would never use the colour blue in their decor. Why that is, I’m not sure. But when Pantone announced Emerald Green as colour of the year for 2013, I was a happy camper because I’ve loved greens for as far as back as I can remember.
Don’t you find you crave simplicity more and more….? Yet, the holidays seem to get busier and crazier. So here are a few no-brainer ideas to decorate your home this season and get you and your family in the holiday spirit.
Fashionistas and decoristas love it!
Chinoiserie is a french term used to describe an eastern influence on decoration. This style entered the European scene in the mid 17th century when French Kings adorned their country homes with it. Today with an ever-increasing trend towards globalization it has become fashionably chic to include it in our homes. It has been used on porcelain, wallpapers and fabrics, furniture and gardens. Motifs include garden scenery, human figures, pagodas, intricate lattices, exotic birds and flowers.
Who doesn’t love damask? It’s the newfound classic!
This pattern is the chameleon of designs. Place it in any style room and colour scheme; it will adapt and enhance the atmosphere you want to set. From furniture to fabrics, from wallpaper to rugs its EVERYWHERE! French Heritage has even welcomed this pattern on to their furniture designs (Black and Silver Chest). For impact choose a high contrast damask pattern (like black and white) or if you just want a touch of ‘umph’ select a tone on tone damask which also looks gorgeous!
When you’ve been doing this as long as we have, you have a lot of past clients (thank you, we love them). So, we’ve spec’d a lot of homes in the trend colours of the last decade with camels, tans, golds,… for their walls. Guess what? It’s time to re-paint and they’re starting to call wondering if they can incorporate some of the cooler neutral tones that are so popular now a.k.a. greys without having to redo everything. No worries. If you really want grey walls, we can work them in with a few minor modifications.
I really don’t understand how one can distress over what to wear but not what shoes to finish the outfit with. Similarly, so much attention is given to the main pieces of upholstery in a room, namely the sofa, but not the chairs. I’d give up a sofa in order to get to play with two chairs…A chair can just bring it together. It can really move a space from boring or ‘safe’ to personality and ‘wow’.
Why do we flock to the garden centres in spring?
By mid-March we’re tired of our grey and black clothing and grey skies, particularly those of us living in northern climates. New York decorator Mario Buatta says that ‘colour is a mood setter’. How true is that? Colour psychology is a huge topic for another time. But simply put, it affects you more than you know.
The lines have become blurred. But that’s a good thing.
Looks evolve over time: fashion does as well as home decor. Otherwise, we’d still be sporting animal skins as clothing and living in caves. The direction of traditional home decor has shifted in the last few years. Traditional has become less ‘fussy’ and more clean; less strictly period ‘Queen Anne’ or ‘Louis French’ …and more relaxed. The look is more evolved or collected-looking and its more common to see modern mixed with traditional. Hence, traditional is actually harder to define or describe.