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What’s New in Design - Ladue News: Special Features

What’s New in Design

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Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:54 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

What was old is new again in the home design world, with trends from the past being updated to create a modern look.

Teddy Karl, The Great Cover-Up

>  Animal prints in small doses on a small chair or throw pillows provide an updated look without getting too outrageous.

>  Wallpaper is a trend that has been on the upswing: Colored, textured grasscloth or metallic wallpaper adds another dimension to the room.

>  Update a room in layers by changing out a pillow or freshening up a window treatment.

>  A room needs to be lit properly to show the elements off to their full potential. One small lamp won’t cut it.

Susan Block, The Designing Block

>  Tufting, along with nail heads and fabric tapes on furniture, is becoming popular again. Contrast piping is another look that can update pieces.

>  We’re seeing a lot more upholstered headboards in all different shapes.

>  Combine neutral wall colors with big, bold pops of color—like turquoise or pink—in furniture or accessories.

>  Mix traditional with sleeker pieces to bring a room up-to-date.

Gigi Lombrano, Frank Patton Interiors

>  Brass and gold are back. Beautiful gold finishes on hardware and lamps complement a number of rich, spicy color palettes that are used today.

>  The formal dining room is back, but one that is more livable and usable.

>  Textile companies are broadening their range of ‘outdoor’ fabric choices for indoor use. They are great, cleanable fabrics that work well in the lower level, kitchen or hearth room. 

>  We’re seeing a reinvention of traditional looks with a modern flare. People want pieces that are time-tested and beautiful, but can be mixed in with more contemporary artwork and accessories.

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