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  1. Fall Trends: Stone

    November 14, 2013 by admin

    A fall trend toward natural elements and nature has arrived. Blair Stover reports that décor in rock and mineral themes are this fall’s trend, along with metallic, grainy woods and other textural elements.

    Polished slice of petrified wood

    Polished slice of petrified wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Often, one can find real minerals and rocks that have been integrated into decorative items. Some designers find that they really respond to the primitiveness and its divergent qualities of the rocks and minerals. Designers are also enjoying layering these natural elements to create a collected space.

    In addition to this, designers are very much enjoying the range of colors offered in the stone and mineral looks. The color options seem endless, from the neutral stones to the bright agates. Finding a big statement for a room is simple. For example, a lamp finial can be created from unusual specimens like petrified wood, iridescent labradorite or blue-tinged chrysophase.

    Aside from their beautiful aesthetics, some stones have special properties, according to various cultures. As an example, jade is a protective stone as viewed by the Chinese, thus it is found often in Feng Shui. The Vikings felt that navigation was aided by carrying calcite. A family of minerals including onyx, agate, and jasper called chalcedony is considered by Native Americans as capable of courage and strength.

    It is easy to add a touch of stone through a table lamp. Marble pieces can be buffed softly and then made into a lamp base that produces a gorgeous translucence when it is lit. These can be found in collections from well-known designers, and can be integrated into your own décor easily enough.

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  2. Season Trend: Metallics

    October 22, 2013 by admin

    The newest décor trend is actually an old one: metallic accents and finishes. Blair Stover reports that these metallic are showing up everywhere! This “Metropolitan look” offers splashes of reflection in your

    metallic effect_Pulpo3_LR

    metallic effect_Pulpo3_LR (Photo credit: decor8)

    décor and can bring strength into a room by anchoring pieces. On board with this fall trend? Take a look at a few tips below to help you maximize those accent pieces you love.

    For your metallics to look modern, keep to the oil-rubbed bronze, coppers, matte and silver finishes. Refrain from shiny golds, as too-shiny is out and considered on the flashier, gaudy side of the trend. If you prefer golds, gravitate toward the burnish finish so that it is more subdued.

    Design consultants are reporting that those in their 30s and 40s are liking the metropolitan look quite a bit. Metallics do not need to take over your house. A dining room table can have the traditional glass top but incorporate the Metropolitan look with a beautiful chrome base. This creates a chic casual look.

    A sofa of traditional design can pull in the Metropolitan look with metal nail heads on the trim. To accentuate the metallic look, a great metal tortoise shell accent piece can go a long way, as can cast-iron décor pieces, such as a cast-iron bear placed so that it is peeking out from under the coffee table. Metallics compliment warm woods quite nicely, so if you have warmer furniture consider adding a splash of silver, gold, or bronze.

    Contrary to the subdued, more hidden metallic accents in the rest of the house, shiny bedding has made a comeback. If you are having flashbacks of satin sheets from the 1970s, steer toward a more subdued look. Think shiny, but not screaming, such as soft gray or silver. This is true for other linens throughout the house as well.

    What is your favorite metallic accent piece you currently have in your home?

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