Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nostalgic Interior Design Trends Continue for Spring/Summer 2011

 A Vintage Chaise Upholstered in Different Fabrics

We already know that pink is in for 2011 but there are some other design styles worthy of mention for  spring/summer of this year.

Honeysuckle -Pantone's Color for 2011

I think I mentioned in a former post after visiting America’s Mart in Atlanta, I couldn’t believe all the vintage furnishings and accessories I saw. It’s a charming way to reflect on the past by incorporating old worn-looking books, antique furniture, old hat boxes, hats, fabrics with script writing, vintage writing utensils, an old camera or typewriter, or chalkboards into your decor.  Flavor the new with the old. 

I also think that vintage decor  is so popular right now because it takes us back to a simpler time.  It reminds of us of a better world and is comforting in a time of such uncertainty around us. 

Vintage Furnishings -

Vintage Books - Country Living

Look for decadent roses and other floral imagery to make a big statement these next two seasons. I've already seen these in drapery, bedding, upholstery, artwork, rugs, table linens and china.

Rose Patterned Hat Box and Rose Adorned VintageHats

Roses on The Cover of This Vintage Book - Country Living

Accents in felted wool will also be popular.

Colorful Felted Wool Pillows - Etsy

Keys, both vintage and new, will become just as popular as clocks  in wall and tabletop vignettes.

Vintage Keys - Pottery Barn

Equestrian  accessories will find their way into d├ęcor this spring and summer.  Place a pair of riding boots by your bedside to pick things up a pace!

Horse Bookends -

You are going to see lots of modern and vintage patterns this year. Look for polka dots, stripes, damask and toile in fabrics, wrapping and scrapbooking  papers and wall coverings.  I'm sure you've noticed my background on this blog.  I love the black and white damask combined with the pink accents.  Way to go!

Toile Pattern - Laura Ashley

Black and White Damask Pattern -

Polka Dots, Stripes, and Floral Patterns Nicely Combined -Decor Pad

Lanterns with intricate details or vibrant hues will shed some light this year. How about including some in your living room by the fireplace or on a bookshelf? I’ve even used them in bathrooms.

Pottery Barn Lanterns

Greek and Roman busts and urns as well as other architectural pieces will  add a neoclassic look.  Try some with different heights on a mantle  paired with  some other textured  accessories like glass or metal.

Neoclassic Urns -

Venetian-style lions will also bring back a 70’s look in home accents. Have you saved any from your college or disco days?  You didn't have one on the wall in your dorm room? 

Venetian Lion Heads -

Believe it or not, gold is making a comeback. It’s not that bright shiny traditional Williamsburg  chandelier color; it’s more of an antique, gilded, or burnished bronze hue. It's so that vintage look again!

Gold Gilded Framed Card Holder - Pottery Barn
How about you?  How many of these trends are already in your home?  Which ones do you see making their way into your decor?  Which is your favorite trend this year? Do you like vintage accessories? How do you incorporate them into your decorating scheme? I'd love to know.


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