This week we’re sharing with you pics from our recent jobs and showing you what we’re loving now. We’ve picked 9 of our favourite things and had Taegan photograph how we’ve used them in our client’s homes. There’s definitely a softness emerging in residential design. Traditional elements are becoming very popular and many of our clients are wanting their spaces to be soft and pretty. Read on to see 9 of our favourites.
1. Brass Hardware
This kitchen looks spectacular with brass hardware. After the highly polished brass of the 1980’s, we’ve stayed away from this metal, preferring polished or brushed chrome/nickel. Brass is back, but it’s softer and worn – more 1880’s style.
2. Shaped Ceramic Tiles
Square and rectangular tiles are everywhere so we thought why not use a softer shaped ceramic tile. It lends just enough pretty to these fireplaces and balances their strong defined lines. Just in case you think this is for girls only, there’s been a lot of compliments from the guys too. Every room needs that perfect balance of masculine and feminine.
3. Round Dining Tables
Tables aren’t just for eating on anymore. More of our clients are working from home and they like to work at the kitchen table. Round tables are just more inviting and easier to sit around. They work great in small spaces as there’s no sharp edges, so they look softer and more inviting. Unless it’s a huge space, we tend to recommend round pedestal tables. It’s fun to mix up the design styles like below. The traditional table and formal tufting gets a kick from the moulded plywood chair.
4. Persian Rugs
It’s surprising how Persian rugs go with almost any decor. We put them in all styles of homes and they add a huge dose of warmth and interest. Putting a Persian runner in the kitchen adds beautiful texture and pattern to play off all the hard surfaces. Plus these rugs don’t show the dirt as easily as you might think, because they have so much pattern. As for spills, the rugs are really durable and clean up with just a damp cloth.
5. Pale Oak Paint Colour
Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak OC-20 is a beautifully restrained colour. It has some presence, yet it’s soft and quiet. We love the way the wall colour quietly supports the beautiful draperies in this room below. Soft coloured furnishings are being added to make this a proper ladies sitting room.
If you haven’t looked at wallpaper in ages, you will be surprised at the sophistication of the patterns. Papering the dining room adds so much interest brings a softness. Below left, we painted out the oak wainscotting to a beautiful creamy white and did a large patterned paper above. We also love papering powder rooms, because in this room, anything goes. Really, how much time do you spend in there? It’s a room where you can go over the top. We used the floral pattern below in one of our client’s powder rooms and now it looks like a beautiful English garden.
The word chandelier is instantly synonymous with class. Throughout the ages, chandeliers have been as much about light as decoration. Below left, you can see how we have hung this one very close to the ceiling but still get a beautiful effect with the hanging crystals. The other photo shows how a tiny powder room gets instant glam with a chandelier. Instead of rewiring the room, we simply hung it from a cup hook in the ceiling.
8. Antique and Vintage Items
No home is complete without something vintage. Whenever we go into a home we want to see the little treasures that get collected through the years. Usually our clients will say they don’t have anything special. As Debbie starts going through bookshelves and cupboards, we find all kinds of treasures that have meaning. This is what makes each home special and unique. Display your history with pride!
Flowers have burst into full bloom for interiors. It seems that for a long while everyone was avoiding chintz and floral motifs. Several years ago we started seeing large blooms show up in home decor. Now it seems we can’t get enough flowers. Below, we’ve done draperies for a formal living room, cushions in a family room, and a faux roman shade for a warm white kitchen. And there’s nothing like having a few fresh florals around the house. I’m even okay with artificial, as long as they’re good quality. One type of bloom per vase looks a little more realistic too.
On the weekend we were downtown Calgary and they have the prettiest planters outside city hall. They’re faux of course, but it sure was cheery seeing the forsythia, pansies and primrose. I think I am going to do the planter outside my front door this week. Maybe add a few pussy willows too. It’s the little touches that make such a difference!
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Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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