There’s A New Blonde In Town…

Hint, hint: and she’s a bit of a nut!

There is a new blonde that has arrived in our decorating world and its here to stay a while! After many years of blonde maple (think 1990’s) furnishings and then dark espresso wood tones. A new lighter wood tone had emerged in the home decor market and is kicking espresso and dark wood tones away.

photo: Crate & Barrel’s Monarch Natural Solid Walnut Credenza.

Natural walnut wood is the biggest rage in wood tones. From flooring to furniture and home accessories, its ‘lightening up’ the world again. Right now you’ll find it in mid-century modern inspired furnishings but just you wait… it will trickle in the more traditional side of decorating too. Is it a short-lived trend? I am predicting it will stick around for about 10-15 years (or as long as espresso-brown hung around).

Chevron-patterned floors can make long narrow spaces appear wider. Natural walnut wood looks timeless and adds such character to new, boring spaces.

A simple walnut wood accessories (like this natural walnut wood hanging lampshade) adds the perfect warmth of wood to a space. Photo: HABITAT UK

From dark to light, the pendulum is constantly swinging on wood floor tones. The constant that always holds true seems to be an OAK wood with a medium-dark WALNUT stain. It seems to be the designer’s favourite as it offers up enough grain for visual effect and the colour of walnut stain is one of the truest warm-browns that just seems to go with everything.

Tried and true… walnut stain colour on oak wood is the perfect combination for many interior styles… a designer fave!

WOODY RULES TO LIVE BY:

There should be no more that 3 different wood colours in any space.

Good design is darker on bottom; lighter on top. Keep that in mind when layering wood in a room (wood floors, furnishings, kitchen cupboards, trims, etc.)

The colour and tone of your wood flooring should compliment the architectural style of the house you live in. For instance, if you live in an Arts/Crafts home, cherry should be your wood choice. Live in a modern boxy condo? A lighter wood like maple is a better choice.

Darker wood tones help to create masculine, sophisticated or traditional interior. Lighter wood tones help to create casual or modern spaces.

Wood ceilings can be very dramatic; just make sure it does not accompany wood floors or walls otherwise it will be overkill!

Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at karl_lohnes; there lots more there!

The BIG’17 Decor Trends

Home Decor Trends for 2017

Every year we hear about new colours and styles introduced for our homes in the way of yearly trends. Some of the new styles are quick trends and others are longer-lasting. To find out what 2017 will bring us, I checked out CanGift’s 2017 Toronto Gift Fair (Canada’s largest wholesale house/giftware show) in search of the top 5 home decor trends for the upcoming year. Whether you are planning an upgrade, renovation or simply looking to refresh your home, here are the 5 biggest trends to look out for when decorating and renovating in 2017:

TREND #1:
PALE SOFT TONES

trend-1-paleFound at: INDABA exhibit (above)

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-Soft pale colours are a return from the 1920’s and 1980’s (remember peach and mint green?).  -Team these colours with lots of dramatic neutrals like deep grey, black or espresso so not to make them appear too girly. -Use pale blues and greens in naturally dark spaces; the cooler colours help to reflect and bounce light around. -The larger the space, the richer/deeper the tone of the colour will need to be; otherwise it will simply disappear. -These colours also work best in small spaces where not a lot of colour is needed. Imagine a robin’s egg blue powder room, a pale creamy yellow nursery or a peachy laundry room! -Not sure if you could live with this trend? Try incorporating them into your home as bed sheets, some coffee mugs or throw pillows. -Short or lasting trend? SHORT

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TREND #2:
OVERSIZED ART

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Found at: CELADON ART booth (above)

oversized-art-2-Large art helps the home decorator achieve one thing: a sightline or focal point in a room which is often needed when there is no artitecural focal point such as a fireplace or window with a view.-Big art also helps to create BIG-SCALE impact in a small space; without taking away any valuable floorspace. -Consider mirrors that same as art… keep in mind what they will be refelcting as that will be the subject matter! -It also helps to fill large, expansive wall spaces in spaces with very high ceilings. -Designer tip: when haning very large art, paint the back wall a dramatic or complimentary colour to the art; this trick will ‘grow’ the artwork even larger in the space. -Don’t add too many un-matched art pieces in one room. One. Focial. Point. At. A. Time. :) Short or lasting trend? LASTING

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TREND #3:
HANDMADE

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Found at: TIMBERS exhibit (above)

trend-3-handmade-2-The Etsy movement (handmade and handcrafted) has brought back the DIY trend from the early1980’s.-Mixing handmade items in a modern decor helps to soften the look and make it livable.-Simple touches of handmade can add charm and whimsy without costing a lot of money.-Designer rule: no more than 30% of your decor should be handmade! -Handmade items tend to have a lot of texture/colour/interest so keep the surrounding neutral as not to take away the uniquness of the crafted items. Short or lasting trend? SHORT

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TREND #4:
BRIGHT GOLD ACCENTS

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Found at: BOVI HOME (above)

gold-image-2-Brass has become a very popular metal tone over the past few years, now its brightening up to gold! -Keep your gold accents to a minimum; handles on cabinets, a small leg on furniture or a lamp; anything more will create the “Trump-effect”. – Teamed with dull colours like cream and grey; grey can look very special. -Designer note: this trend is not long-lasting. Look for bronze or ‘smoked brass’ (darker metal tones) as the next metal trend coming down the pipes… Short or lasting trend? SHORT
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TREND #5:
WHITE MARBLE

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Found at: CARAVAN booth

marble-image-2-From countertops to table tops to accents, white marble is all the rage.-White marble can look very elegant when teamed with black and white, can look pretty when teamed with pastels.-White marble is a classic for bath tiles and traditional kitchen counters; not such a classic for furnishings and accessories. -Much of the small white marble home accessories are made in India; the reason for the high pricepoint? Breakage in during travel. -The nice thing about marble is that it can be recycled; ground-up and used other stone-like products like tiles. Short or lasting trend? LASTING

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Isn’t it time to start decorating? Which of the 5 trends MIGHT you incorporate into your home this year? Have fun decorating… KL

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A Visit To The Toronto Gift Fair

Twice yearly the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association hosts The Toronto Gift Fair, the country’s largest wholesale show for retailers, designers and media to see what new products and trends are coming onto the retail market. The Toronto Gift Fair was a 5-day long event, from January 31st to February 4th 2016 at the International Centre & Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto. It showcased products such as tabletop, gourmet foods, garden accessories, art, home decor and much, much more- over 500,000 products were on display!

This guy looks pretty happy; he’s an exhibitor that one a Best Booth award! Awards were given out by celebrity designers Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander.

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I had a great time this year; my VIP visit was hosted by top Toronto designer dreamteam Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander who acted as ambassadors for the show. These two designers/store owners were very knowledgeable of the show and the latest/greatest products being offered.

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Here’s a few things I found at the show. All of these items will be coming shortly to a home decor retail store near you.

A statement piece is always in fashion and what a better way to add some colour and a touch of tradition to a modern space than with a painted clock? I loved this one from Mercano; imagine it standing in a master bath; holding rolled towels and magazines; all while telling you it time to get out of the tub and on to work!

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Retro was hot; and what a better way to greet your guests than with a marquee sign hanging in the kitchen! This one from My Cinema Lightbox comes with many slide-in letters so it would be easy to customize a message and coloured lightbulbs for dinner guests!

My CInema LIghtbox

And I am certainly picking up this baby… the Anchor Clock (from Mercano) as my guest room on the 3rd floor of my townhouse is decorated with a subtle nautical theme.

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Here’s a few trends seen at the Toronto Gift Show:

-Lots of grey/beige neutrals.

-Hits of black were coming in to replace the grey.

-Pale, dusty pink was an emerging colour on modern elements.

-Gold metallic tones were taking over the silver metallics.