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Recession Renovations

Recession Renovations

On average an interior design trend has a lifespan of about 10 years before people get bored and are ready for change. There are the early adapters, those that act on it mid-wave, and then those who catch the tail end. Trends also tend to begin on the coasts and then filter inland, which means that there may be a few year delay on a trend catching on or ending nationally.

With that being said... who doesn't love gray? It's everywhere right now and has been for the past 6+ years.  It's so easy to match, is modern, and can be used with warm or cool toned interiors.  Anyone who has done a recent kitchen or bath renovation has most likely installed gray and white toned vanity, counters, backsplash, etc. And gray matched with white subway tiles is a classic look that can go either industrial chic or Scandinavian minimal.  Gray used in a living space is modern and can create a soothing monochromatic color palette. Below are three examples I pulled from the front page of Pinterest today.

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But I've often wondered what all this grayness will look like in a few years and I've dubbed it  "recession renovations". Yes, the fact that we've been slowly digging ourselves out of the worst economy some of us have ever seen had taken it's toll and left home buyers to either put projects on hold, or make super "safe" decorating decisions. I don't think it's any coincidence that people find using gray a safe, yet trendy choice. 

As the economy is improving though, people are feeling more optimistic and are willing to embrace change and even a little more risk. Optimism is often expressed through color and it seems designers and homeowners alike are getting ready to embrace color again this year! No more drab outlook, no more drab interiors.

"Oh great" you say?  You just installed a gray "whatever"....  Hey, it's no problem at all! Gray is a great neutral base and will help transition your home into the next phase with color. You can start adding layers of color to bring the room to life with accessories that are always easy to change out. If you're about to embark on a renovation or new purchase and have always loved color - now is your free pass to indulge!

 


Like this kitchen above - POP! Look at how cheery that orange is against a gray & white background.

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This gray couch provides a great base for jewel toned accessories like rug, pillow, & lighting.

Floored At ICFF

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope everyone can take some time to enjoy this last official weekend of summer. I can't believe how fast this summer has gone, I was just starting to get the hang of it.

As the weather starts changing we turn our attention from the beautiful outdoors to our inside environments. One way to make our rooms cozier is by adding an area rug. There are unlimited colors and patterns to suit just about any interior. One of my favorite things about them is you can change them according the the seasons... a sisal or flatweave during the summer then a plush wool carpet in the cooler weather. Such a small thing that makes a huge impact!It's visual, it's tactile, it's a great element of the room design.

I saw lots of beautiful carpets and rug designs at the ICFF this year. I really like the creative use of materials, silky accents, sculptural hand carved piles, and original patterns. Here are a few of my favorites, what do you think?

Designer Rugs

Based in Australia Designer Rugs creates various collaborations with designers and artists that have hand tufted piles that are carved for some luxurious volume.

Greg Natale - New Regency

Pavement Empire

Their collaborations with artists translate their art style into carpeting with unique patterns and design, like this one from Minnie Pwerle below.

Minnie Pwerle - Camp Sites

M&M Design

M&M Design International presented a colorful collaboration with artist Rai Alexandra. Her abstract expressionist style uses hand torn collage and assemblage. Looks like fun!