decor trends 2010: the softer side

Grey has been a popular colour for years now. This year however it moves toward a slightly mauve undertone with a rich warm feel. It works well with whites, lavenders, purples and raspberries. I see these colours best used in a bedroom where the soft colours and airy feel will bring you a sense of calm as you unwind from the day. The playful part comes from mixing modern with traditional, whimsical with clean lines. You can have fun with patterns and textures with a palette like this one!

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1. A Designers Guild throw at the edge of a bed or thrown over an accent chair offers a crisp dose of colour in a room. 2) This modern area rug from Design Within Reach is a nice way to add interest to the floor. 3. I love orchids, any time, in any room, and especially this intense colour of raspberry into an otherwise calm palette. 4. Add a Jonathan Adler wallpaper for a quirky touch. 5. One over embellished rose accent pillow adds texture and more whimsy, Bliss Living Jenna Pillow. 6. This pendant from Ikea is an alternative to a traditional chandelier. 7. Add some traditional glam with a textured pewter glass bedside table, Gardiner Metal Lamp Table from Annie Selke. 8. Warm the walls with Benjamin Moore’s CC-518 Escarpment. 9. Wisteria’s Charmed White bedding collection with it’s diamond patterned zig zags is both soft and playful.

greyroom

A room that is soothing and dreamy creates a sense of calm with it’s soft grey colours. Image from the archives of House and Home magazine.

lilacliving

Want more colour? Bold wallpaper, graphic prints and lovely shades of lilac and purple give a living room an impressive feel. Image from the archives of House and Home magazine.


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