TREND 1 / THAT ’70s CHIC
The ’70s continue to influence us in all kinds of ways, and now with a touch of ’80s glamour sneaking onto the scene. Earth tones, natural materials and a relaxed, laid-back vibe are as comfortable now as they were back when the Rolling Stones were on tour (wait, they’re still going strong, too!). One of the hallmarks of true ’70s decorating style was to freely mix styles and time periods, textures and materials. So, as ’70s culture advised, do your own thing, baby!
“Styles and references to the ’70s and ’80s will have a large impact on the way we look at our spaces in the coming seasons.” – Liana Thomson, EQ3
TREND 2 / COMELY CURVES
Curves are everywhere: in cushions, tabletops, bath fixtures, and in the sensuous, rounded lines of armchairs and sofas. Subtle organic shapes are showing up in accessories, tables and all manner of accent pieces. Along with curves, consider other organic, abstract shapes like ovals and rounds, and furnishings with retro overstuffed silhouettes. “
Cushions, stools, side tables and sofas: when it’s round, it’s good!” – Sophie Ohayon, Mobilia
TREND 3 / GOOD WOODS
Wood furnishings and flooring are an enduring trend that plays into our desire for comfort, familiarity and connection to nature. This fall, we are loving lighter-coloured species, such as oak, pine and maple.
“The trend is towards matte and porous wood, with designers working with the grain rather than erasing the irregularities of the material.” – Sophie Ohayon, Mobilia
TREND 4 / HOT HUES
Saturated jewel tones, especially deep blues and greens, are appearing in everything from wall colours to statement furniture. Along with earthy, natural tones, yellow adds a pop of colour to an otherwise understated decor. The ’70s influence appears again in colours that draw on nature’s palette, particularly from the warm side of the spectrum, with beige taking over from grey as the leading neutral, and harvest shades like orange, copper and yellow coming indoors.
“Yellow is the new neutral of the season: a touch of yellow in an upholstered bench instantly amps up a living room. Layer tones of ochre and saffron to add sophistication and warmth to your space – a great place to start is with throw pillows.” – Sheila Magro, HomeSense
TREND 5 / MASTERING THE MIX
This season, it’s all about contrast in both texture and tone. Consider introducing a wool bouclé sofa to leather chairs, or mix a lightly veined stone with a more heavily grained wood. Pile up layer upon layer of softness – throws and pillows in bouclé, shearling and velvets – to create the coziest of nests. Graphic designs in simple, blocky shapes and patterns are another opportunity to play with contrast.
“From woods to velvet and everything in between, combining finishes creates visual interest in any room in your home.” – Melanie Hachey, Structube