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Design speak
Latest trends in interior design


October 2013

TREND: Color

I love the feeling gray walls bring to a space. To me, gray is and will continue to be a "hot neutral" by creating a wonderful palate or backdrop to work from. It’s the perfect showcase for bold fabrics, a trend I am happy to see continue. EB

Blue is a wonderful base fabric to build color palettes from. I’m pairing deep charcoal blues with emerald green, dark teal/blue with a saturated copper orange, and the classic navy blue and white with hints of gray and yellow. AM

The light-to-dark ombre patterns are ablaze in colors of magenta or cobalt blue, or in more subtle tones of silver to charcoal gray. I also love ceilings lacquered in a glossy finish or covered in wallpaper. Dining rooms are perfect for a glossy ceiling, but it can also be pretty in a neutral living room. LM

TREND: Furniture

Unique, one-of-a-kind, found antiques are an excellent way to give a space some personality, especially when they’re blended with the clean lines of modern furnishings. EB

Key accent furniture pieces such as chests, cabinets and tables wrapped in leather or other natural material express masculine influences. You will also see the increased use of nail heads to embellish upholstery and wood pieces. The look of tree branches and faux wood used in lamps and tables contribute to this outdoorsy trend. BM

Furniture-style cabinetry leads the way to design uniqueness and sophistication. For painted cabinetry the possibilities are endless to achieve timeless transitional design and eclectic style blends. The hot ticket to painted cabinetry is the blending of gray tones such as smoke and platinum. NW



TREND: Fabrics/Prints

My favorite "now" accessory is a bold printed black and white rug. Scary as it may seem to do a black/white rug, it’s a great anchor and a bold statement without overdoing the look. AM

I prefer geometric prints in strong colors, laser-cut velvets, blacks and whites — they make a room come to life. EB

Traditional menswear fabrics, such as herringbones, tweeds and hounds tooth check are popular, as well as hair on hide. BM




TREND: Accessories

Traditional blue and white porcelain pot or a grouping of them are hot for accessories. I love using this look in an étagère mixed with small art pieces. AM

A gorgeous chandelier or unique pendant fixture can create a focus that establishes the homeowner’s personal aesthetic and reinforce the design’s architectural style. It can range from refined rustic to urban chic and give uniqueness to a room while also easily replaceable in the future. NW



Emily Bachman
Warren Barnett Interiors
Likes: An eclectic mix in design.




Anna Miles
Haven Interiors
Advice for the Color-Shy: Keep core pieces neutral and add pattern and color to smaller pieces such as an ottoman or pillows.

Lisa Minetti
Peabody’s Interiors
On Making an Impact: "I like combining contradictions such as California cool meets urban glam; black and white; bold and pretty."



Betty Molinaro
Decorating Solutions, Steinhafel’s
Favorite Design Trend: The increased role men are playing in making home decorating decisions.


Nathan Wachtl
senior design consultantSJ Janis Co.
Most Overlooked Detail: "Lighting many times determines if a project is a success or a dud."



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