Dear June: Be Bold Be Blue

Questions that our clients often ask include, “How long will the new prints we are seeing everywhere stay current in my home…for instance, chevron prints, circles, geometrics of all kinds, paisleys, large modern florals and more?

My answer to this question is typically eight to 10 years. Home furnishings styles cycle. We designers are currently seeing more modern and transitional prints. As a matter of fact, some of the new colors and prints resemble the 1960s and l970s. Each time I pick up a magazine, I feel like I have seen the new prints somewhere in time or at someone’s home over the years. We are called into homes each week where clients desire to update a traditional twist to suit modern, cleaner lines. It can be done professionally with a few changes by focusing on the client’s needs that influence choices. First, prioritize and focus on practical problem solving and comfort. Furniture, rugs and light fixtures should be the first to be updated. Accessories, lamps and artwork can be filled in over time. “Less is more” when it comes to tabletop décor and accessorizing to update your classic pieces. Color, form and texture set the tone.

In addition to updating the style of the home, we now have many clients requesting more durable, stain resistant fabrics and upholstery that can stand up to rambunctious children and pets. We are selling Sunbrella fabrics and Performance fabrics for indoors as much as outdoors. We also look for Teflon treated fabrics for durability. North Carolina companies like Hickory White, Hickory Chair and Miles Talbott/Michael Thomas and Stanford all have these choices. If we can’t find something they have, we do have many books of fabrics that we can select from and send COM fabrics to manufacturers.

A clue to this season’s diverse color prediction is…soothing neutrals, vibrant glazed greens, intense Prussian blues, sun-kissed corals, sapphire blue greens, teals and even reds are showing up again in pillow fabrics and accents.

Put us on your list for your next project for adding colors to your classic home decor. Happy Spring and God Bless!