Sheila Rich Interiors: Design Blog

Helpful tips and suggestions on designing your interior.

Hot Design Trends: Color and Brass

Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed going to the spring High Point Market and seeing the latest design trends. Some are new concepts and others have been taking root and increasing in popularity for a couple of years now, but all are fresh, fun, and exciting.

Brass is making a comeback in a big way, and its warm tone is upstaging chrome and steel. This isn't the ornate, overdone, or fussy brass you may remember from years ago, but instead it's got a sleek new makeover.

When used as accents in lamps, table bases, and a few well-chosen accessories, it can add a bright splash and introduce a new material into a room without taking over. That's not to say that you need to shed your rooms of other metal tones; it can be refreshing and less contrived to see several different metals used in the same space.

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Color is all the rage, from gentle tones to bold statements. One of the fun new colors is violet, and we're seeing it in everything from upholstered furniture to tables to accessories. This violet chair with contrasting deep violet buttons is paired with a coordinated painted side table.

Violet can be either a warm or cool color, depending on its shade: if it has a hint of blue in it, it's on the cooler side, but if it has a touch of red, it's warmer. This deeper violet chair with contrasing lighter piping has the unique feature of woven raffia on the arms.

Either way, if you use violet on a primary piece like a chair or sofa, ground it by echoing the color elsewhere in the room. Accessories, artwork, or an area rug with violet accents will give your piece a sense of belonging. A multi-purpose cocktail table with roll-out nesting ottomans offers extra seating or a comfortable place to rest your feet.

These current trends prove that any room's decor can be fun while still having a focus on functional elegance.


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