DECORATIVE ACCENTS SEMINAR -  Trends in Versatility and Vitality

Design Works Interiors Susan Nicholson, ASID

Tracking current trends in decorative accents the group did some globetrotting, hitting trade shows, visiting local craftsmen and exploring local markets.    This seminar is a compilation of those finds/trends.

IMPORTANCE OF ACCENTS 

Accents create dimension in the interior and enhance the design concept.  They convey values and can provide inspiration for the interior as well as adding color and texture.   Select your major accessories at the same time you select furnishings to get a more cohesive look.  Plan to allocate 30% of your furnishing budget for accents. 

One quality piece that will stand the test of time is better than a multitude of smaller, less impressive items.  Make that piece your statement piece, an eye-catcher.

Accents define the personality of the space.  Make it your own and express your personal style.

TRENDS

  • Keep it clean and uncluttered- spaces should be well edited.  Spaces are generally reflecting a more masculine look.  This provides a focused approach to the design, shows that thought was given to the selection and placement of accents.

 

 

 

  • Bold and strong shapes and and forms that provide impact.
  • Textures EVERYWHERE, including those found in nature to add that organic feel.
  • Relaxed and handcrafted objects as indicated by unrefined finishes, imperfect glazes.  These things allow you to see how things are made and reflect the ethnicity of the piece.  They add personality to the room.
  • Antique references and utilitarian objects used in new and creative ways.  Joining the old and the new creates a sense of history.

COLORS

            Neutrals-
                        Grays- from mid blue-grey range to soft dusty mushroom tones
                        Ivory- from cream to pumice
                        Browns- from mid chocolate to light biscuit
                        Black- ALWAYS

            Accent colors-
                        Greens- soft pear tones; no blue influences
                        Blues- deep inky blues
                        Violets- from eggplant to amethyst
                        Reds- mauves to dogwoods (notice these all have a pink influence)
                        Orange- deep burnt tones (no red influence)

Of note for color is the lack of pastels.  Colors are reflecting more purity and distinction.  There are a lot of tonal palettes ie use of one basic color in varying hues.

COMMON ERRORS

Incorrect scale and placement are probably the most common errors in use of accents.  Consider the size of the room, ceiling height and other furniture dimensions within the space before deciding on accents.  Use size to create impact. 

Other common errors include:
Accents that are too generic do nothing to add interest to the space.

Artwork hung too high

Area rugs that do not fit the space (size).

Not reflecting personality of the owner without being so personal that they do not relate to visitors to the space.

LIGHTING

The number one trend in lighting accessory fixtures is the use of handcrafted wooden base lamps.  These may vary from bleached worn woods to darkly stained more refined finishes. 

The use of unexpected or “found” items as lamp bases is also a strong trend.  These may include such things architectural fragments, metal sculpture or ethnic pottery pieces.  This helps enforce the personal style of the owner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthenware lamp bases are a great transitional item to add an earthier feel to an interior. Unrefined glazes and finishes on these items can add to the handcrafted theme that is so popular.   Also these can add some ethnicity to the interior.

 

 

 

 

 

Natural materials, like hammered copper are a big influence in the market.  Adding fiber,  metal shades or other natural materials give fixtures a more custom look and feel.  These materials add warmth.  

 

Pendants continue to be a strong people pleaser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTWORK

Dimensional art creates added texture in the space.

Handcrafted artistry adds that human touch and warmth.  It also celebrates the origin of the artwork and the people who created it. 

Detail images play to scale.   An over scale detail can be a focal point for the room.  Consider a piece of botanical artwork, very traditional in theme.  Zoom in on one detail of the botanical for the artwork; this gives the traditional theme a more contemporary feel.

 

Framing can also change the feel of the artwork.  Traditional art framed in Plexiglas becomes more contemporary.  Consider using dimensional framing for utilitarian objects to add warmth in a more contemporary setting. 

 

 

 

 

RUGS

To add to that handcrafted feel, use kilims and dhurries.  They can be modern and yet warm and earthy. To add texture, add a sisal.

 

One common trend is the use of exaggerated scale of the rug pattern. The pattern should be more open, less cluttered. 

 

More muted and worn looks add a sense of history to the room. 

 

 

Tone on tone patterns, monochromatics, can give a tribal feel to the room, or in the case of damasks can add a more traditional feel.

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

PURITY OF PURPOSE- CLEAN STRONG LINES -  UNCLUTTERED, WELL EDITED

USE A STATEMENT PIECE, THOUGHTFULLY PLACED

ADD QUIRKY, INTERESTING PIECES FOR IMPACT

 

 

USE A CROSS CULTURAL APPROACH- ADD HANDICRAFTS

 

 

 

 

 

PERFECTION IN FINISHES IS PASSE- ADD UNREFINED FINISHES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALWAYS ILLUSTRATE YOUR STYLE POINT OF VIEW