make our surroundings beautiful, and they do it with aplomb, ease and
wit. They take an idea and whip it into a space that flourishes with
vibrant personality and charm. Thatís why we tapped a few of the
areaís interior designers to share their choices of the latest home
AGA ARTKA |
Aga Artka Interior Design
few years of drab beiges and grays, weíre moving into great colors,
definitely brighter colors schemes like blues, greens, and shades of
reds and orange," says Aga Artka, interior designer and owner of
Aga Artka Interior Design in Milwaukee.
sets the color standards for the design industry, picked emerald green
as the 2013 Color of the Year. And Artka and others in Milwaukeeís
design community say itís none too soon. "Lively palettes are
great," she says. "Weíre tired of being careful with
animal patterns, she says, will create a buzz and set the stage this
year. "Animal shapes, like owls and insects are very, very
popular," Artka adds. "It started in fashion first with owl
blouses and summer skirts and dresses. Now those same prints are being
used for fabric and upholstery."
Yet it is the
sustainability trend that excites her most. Artka says this form of
regeneration entails "giving existing furnishings new life"
and turning them into items like repurposed furniture and hand-sewn
pillows made from old garments. "These are not new ideas,"
she adds, "but Iím seeing it more, and itís given a higher
CARTER | Ken Michaels Furniture
rock, says Michael Carter, interior designer for Ken Michaels
Furniture. "It had been nickel, but now itís back to the gold
tones," he says of the latest trend in hardware and fixtures.
"Brass is back in contemporary settings. Itís the metal of the
season, and itís exciting."
color pairings paired unconventionally are also in full swing. Mixes
of blues with neutrals and yellows are still trending as are black and
white with pops of citrine and other unexpected hues.
"For me, itís
exciting to see that color is coming back," Carter says.
"Many times it correlates to the economy. As the economy grows,
colors increase in vibrancy. Weíre starting to see color come back
ó fresh and new."
patterns to pack a punch, too. "They are larger scale and
bold," he says of the seasonís offerings. "I like the
overscaled prints. It could be an overscaled damask or ikat. The
lattice is still around, and even the Union Jack design. Itís not
dull this season."
color schemes are becoming more popular, donít expect neutrals to go
out quietly. Grays are being replaced with varying shades of beige on
everything from velvets and woven fabrics to sumptuously soft and
lightly colored leathers. "Monochromatic doesnít have to be
boring," he says of the ubiquitous beige. "It can have
patterns and be quite exciting."
WIERSCHKE | Warren Barnett Interiors
Wierschke, an interior designer with Warren Barnett Interiors in
Brookfield, was smitten this season by the versatility of the
Indochine fabric ikat.
You might not
want ikat wallpaper, but Wierschke says you might be willing to use
the patterned fabrics on pillows, a small occasional chair or
headboard. "It gives a space a sense of identity and
character," she says of the tie-dyed threaded pattern considered
one of the oldest forms of textile decoration. When used as a room
accent, Wierschke says, "It feels modern, yet itís rooted in
history and goes back to Middle Eastern and ancient times."
attention grabber for her: the ottoman. "Weíre doing exciting
things with the small cubed ottoman, with bold patterns like the
Missoni prints. Thatís part of the fun," says Wierschke of this
decorative essential. "Itís a good investment. It can move
around and become a place to put your feet up or use as an extra
| McNabb & Risley
have returned with a vengeance, says John Edbauer, an interior
designer with McNabb & Risley in Thiensville. The single wall in
various rooms of the house, he says, might be covered in bodacious
colors like citrine, aquamarine and emerald.
colors and patterns marry well with neutrals, too, this season.
"We can use it in a variety of ways, like a strong wall color as
an accent, behind a neutral sofa with pillows with patterns of
color." Such pairings with bold and soft hues, he says, offer
"a sophisticated way to decorate a room."
In many cases,
Edbauer says, the bolder the color and pattern, the better. "You
might have an aquamarine or teal wall with Belgian linen drapery
panels, which is really nicely accented by stainless steel or brushed
gold hardware," he explains.
particularly true for smaller spaces. "Bold patterns are always
great in a big room, but bold patterns and unexpected pieces can give
a small room big personality," Edbauer says. "A third
bedroom den with no personality might be less architecturally
significant, but bold, big patterns can make the room exciting."
MEG ZAMZOW |
Haven Interiors Ltd.
designer Meg Zamzow of Haven Interiors in Milwaukee sees a lot to be
excited about ó again. "Iím old enough to remember those í60s
stripes, dots, plaids, chevrons, the lacquered paint and the giant
watercolor flowers," she says of the flower power decade.
The good news is
that these time-honored prints, she says, have returned, albeit with
some distinctively contemporary updates. Now, youíre likely to see
such classic prints in iridescence, and more often on linen (another
huge trend for the season).
Along with the
color and pattern stories of the season, Zamzow says geometric vintage
prints have been coupled with embroidery and pleated fabrications to
create design options that are both old and new.
Itís a trend,
she says, that is particularly popular among the 20-to-30s crowd, who
go for an aesthetic that is "cleaner and simpler but with more
This brings us
back around to the inescapably hottest trend of all: color.
"People are tired of having the very sedate quiet rooms,"
Zamzow insists. "They want color. Walls will be yellow,
turquoise, pink and even red. And, Iíve been told that mauve is
right around the corner."