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Top 6 Decorating Trends of 2010

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In the fall, Steven and Chris went to Paris to attend the spectacular design show, Maison et Objets. They sourced the best of the best in international design for 2010. There were so many factors that influences trends for this year, including movies like Alice and Wonderland, tv shows like Mad Men and events like the winter Olympics in Vancouver - which will make the rest of the world hungry for Canadiana! And, of course, there are global influences like environmentalism, the economy, and the desire for a return to simpler, healthier living that can influence design trends.

Here are Steven and Chris' Top 6 Trends for 2010:

1. SATURATED AND SMOKY COLOR Rich jewel tones, like peacock blue, and smoky colors like plum and moss green are among the clean and clear tones Steven and Chris noticed and loved for 2010. Steven and Chris' favorites are the smoky, slightly washed hues that have an aged quality like smoky blues, mossy greens (which are very different from last season's greens, which are the crisp apple greens) and smoky plum.

How to use it:
These colors are actually easy to commit to... you could add a throw or pillows, reupholster your sofa , paint your walls or even buy a gorgeous rug.

Every room has to have an element of shimmer and shine to reflect and add light. This year, warm metals, like brass and bronze are the must-haves, in modern iterations. It's a trend that's big in fashion too, which is always a major inspiration for decorating trends.

How to use it:
Group items on a tray, group picture frames or mix and match. Add bold wallpaper in a powder room or use gold leaf or gold finger paint mixed with dark shades to change some accessories from cool metal to warm metal.

3. TARTANS AND PLAIDS Every season there's a hot pattern that designers are using and this season its tartans and plaids. Use tartans in your room to give it a real cozy feel - they look comfortable, classic and warm.

How to use it:
Tartan is a classic, but you may not want to wallpaper your entire room in plaid. Tartans and plaids are great for accent pillows and throws and we've also been seeing them applied to a range of accessories. You could sew a band of tartan ribbon to the bottom of plain drapes, a duvet cover or a pillow. You can also mix and match and layer a few different tartan pillows in similar tones.

Items that are handmade or look homemade are part of a trend toward expressing a sense of history, a vintage feel and an appreciation for the humble. It embraces imperfection and simplicity, the primitive, folksy and old world - not to mention a hint of whimsy and humor. . There's a return to the textile arts, especially knitted, embroidered and felted pieces, many with texture and three-dimensional elements, like rosettes. This trend is also part of the return to doing it yourself - for the economy, the environment, relaxation purposes and for a creative outlet in a high tech world.

How to use it:
As always, in moderation! A vintage handmade quilt on a sleek sofa; earthy, handmade artisanal baskets or pottery in a fresh modern kitchen create wonderful contrast.

This trend has been around for a while and is still great. It was inspired from the 'street' and has now been embraced by some of the leading edge furniture retailers like Restoration Hardware. It really celebrates recycling by reusing old or salvaged wood. It encourages us to take a fresh look at vintage things too, especially utilitarian objects that used to have a purely practical purpose and have no be repurposed as decorative items. This look gives a real sense of history and character to an interior. "Rustic industrial" includes items like a repurposed brick layer's table, tradesmen's tool cabinets or medical or farm equipment and lighting that have been re-furbished to work in a residential interior. Kind of unexpected, a bit rugged and totally fabulous!. So, look at your grandfather's tool shed with a new perspective and it may just become your favorite new d├ęcor source!

How to use it:
Use rustic industrial items sparingly - one or two items contrasted with something more fresh, crisp and new makes the right statement. You don't want your home to look like a curiosity shop or a theme restaurant! Try to create or find a place for your own pieces, so you can tell a story about your family or history.

Unfinished raw wood - whether simple and unsophisticated or ornate and heavily carved - is a big trend. It gives a sense of craftsmanship and history and is very Canadian. Steven and Chris saw it in heavy ornate mirrors, big rustic tables and carved cameo chairs left unpainted and unfinished. This trend really highlights the natural beauty and character of wood.

How to use it:
Don't use in high traffic area if you're worried about wear and tear. If you do, you should consider putting a matte finish on it. Pair it with modern elements for a taste of urban Canadiana.


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