When it comes to decorating a home, everybody wants a stylish, trendy and functional look without having burning a hole in one’s pocket. Whether it’s a new house or refurbishing an existing 1, style it a la mode. Here are the top trends for 2011.
With climate alter weighing down on our planet, becoming eco- friendly is the mantra for the coming year. Furniture made from re-utilized wood is in vogue it could come from a discarded shipping boat or just an old door. The colours and ‘imperfections’ in the furniture reflect the previous life of the wood prior to it was produced into a dining table, shelf or lamp, giving it a distinct character of its own.
Say it with Plants
You can go green literally too. Leafy friends add that x-factor to your décor. Go for huge indoor plants like palms, ferns or smaller trees. Or clump small potted plants together in a basket and cover them with pebbles to produce a chic look. Cactus or plants with colourful foliage look wonderful indoors. Also with Chinese New Year just around the corner, bring bamboos into your residence, and enjoy the luck, serenity and positive energy they bring.
Mix and Mash styles
Classic antique ornate pieces work extremely well against modern clean cut furniture pieces, developing depth with contrasting elements. Play with artefacts’ – a classic pot can be enhanced by metallic handles or a conventional chandelier can be coloured unexpectedly. Eclectic styling, seen especially in the revival of colonial furniture in Singapore and a mixing of periods, makes it possible for for a property to convey the personality of the owner. Hang an antique door as artwork in your otherwise contemporarily styled room to give it an edge. Furniture and accessories, which incorporate metal, ceramics, wood, iron and brass will be in vogue in the coming year as will furniture with a raw look.
Just pure Vintage
If mix-n-match is not your style, you can go pure vintage. It is timeless and often in vogue. Nostalgia and old world designs from both the east and the west will be the rage in 2011. Antique furniture pieces can be given a new lease of life with contemporary re-upholstery. So regardless of whether it is antique cabinets or armchairs, go splurge.
Spacious bungalows are passé, and with property costs rising year on year, studio apartments have come to be in vogue. Space is of the essence, and the furniture in your house can reflect that. Go in for that sofa-cum bed, or a sofa-cum-massage chair, a coffee table with in-built cabinets, a bar which doubles as a dining region, or an L-shaped cabinet for the corners which will aid maximise your living space whilst becoming stylish at the same time.
Furniture with an industrial look made its mark in 2010, and is here to remain. This furniture fits in with most room schemes, regardless of whether its minimalist, contemporary, standard or luxuriously detailed settings. Wrought iron furniture is most well-liked in this category. It is fancy, cost powerful, and can give character to your drawing room as nicely as your terrace garden. Regardless of whether it’s a gold coloured coffee table, an ornate bed, or a chandelier with leaf motifs, these wrought iron merchandise can add that class your living room was missing. You can even style your outdoors with wire garden chairs, tables or gazebos.
Invest in Art
Gone are the days when one cluttered the walls with tiny paintings and artefacts. Today a large, stand-alone painting can be the mainstay of your living room. It is time to invest in an costly piece of art, even if you do not comprehend it. Not only will it adorn your wall for decades to come, it will also appreciate in value and can be a nice gift to pass on to your kids.
A Splash of Colour
Just repainting your residence can give it a new dimension. Mix colours in a room or contrast the wall colour with the furniture. A light, airy, citrus yellow will be in vogue in 2011. Vintage wine is also a very good alternative when paired with leather couches or wood finishes. Or try a deep brown base with a hint of smoky violet to make your residence look magnificent.
Woven wicker furniture gained immense recognition earlier this year and promises to be a hit in 2011 as nicely. Couches and coffee tables made out of woven wicker are low maintenance and UV- Resistant. They look stylish indoors and are practical for the outdoors as nicely.
An intricately hand woven or Persian carpet, can do wonders to your room. Put it in your living room to add vibrancy to those couches or use it to sit on in your study. Cotton or sheep skin rugs come in diverse sizes and are best to lounge on, and you can mount some colourful cushions on it to add some character.