Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Decorating Trends

I used to be an interior designer and I love to follow decorating trends and decorating styles. Personally, I have always NOT followed trends but designed timelessly. If you decorate English or French or Italian, stay true to the style and you will never go wrong or out of style.

That being said, I'm happy to find out that "Old Masters Paintings" are a hot trend right now.
Online store and blog VandM just released their trends for 2011-2012.

VandM officially publishes the year's main trend forecast every August. But what many don't know is that the studio prepares a report each month. We thought it would be fun to share an early peek at the main trend forecast as it is shaping up for late 2011 - early 2012.

Dark InteriorsLight and all White Interiors (Unless black & white)
Old Masters PaintingsToo Many Contemporary Pieces of Art
Eclectic ClutterMinimal Glam
Stuffed Taxidermy BirdsAntler Mounts
17th/18th Century AntiquesDanish Modern
Strong Patterned Flooring (especially animal print)Simple Textured Flooring
Cameos/IndaglioFramed Butterfly Taxidermy
Victorian Hair ArtVictorian Shell Art
American Silver TankardsSilver Trophies
Gold Gilt Elaborate FramesSimple Modern Frames
Thrown-likeWood ChairsModern Plastic Furniture
Chip Wood FurnitureChrome Furniture
Animal Pelts/BlanketsChennile Throws
GobletsClear Stemware
Think Medieval/DarkagesThink White Minimal

One of our shorthand tricks to knowing what the culture is about to start to lean towards comes by way of HBO/Showtime. The number of shows relating to Medieval/Darkages is exponentially multipling. Everything from Robinhood, Merlin, Game of Thrones, cue the 1980's obsessions of Lady Hawk, Labryinth, etc

I think they are right. We are thirsting for comfort and history. I can't think of anything better than making history with a painting. Click on the link and see for yourself. Yay for paintings!

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