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Category: Texture

COLOR TRENDS For Fall Interiors 2013

                                                                                      FABULOUS FUCHSIA

Trends in interior design just like in fashion fluctuate from year to year. It’s what keeps things interesting and exciting. This fall strong rich colors are everywhere in paint, fabrics and wallpaper, with fuchsia leading the pack. It has exploded onto the design scene with purpose and panache. Take a look at some eye opening examples.

 

fishia

WOW modern sofa in fuchsia and white with deep orange pillows by Manuel Canovas. I love it against the soft gray wall. This is totally on trend.

maharani

Now this is a diva! Need I say more?  Maharani chandelier in wrought iron, wood and glass. By Currey & Co.

velvetsRich velvets in tantalizing hues by Manuel Canovas, can be used for any interior element like pillows, furniture or bed coverings. Delicious!

pink chairOversized floral wallpaper and fuchsia/white French chair are a perfect pair to give flair to a traditional look. Louisiane fabrics and wallpaper by Lorca.

verv ainThis rich textural upholstry fabric in fuchsia, blue, red and gold makes a bold statement. Put it on a chair and add a pillow in one of the  velvet fabrics listed above and you’ve got a winning combo. By Vervain.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior designer in  Minneapolis, MN. go to  www.letitialittle.com.

TEXTURES AND TRENDS for Fall Interiors

METALLICS AND MENSWEAR

Two of the latest trends in interior design are metallics and menswear; perfect examples of that all important element of design, texture. Here are some exciting examples.

ann sachs

These  stunning textural wall tiles designed by Ann Sachs for Kohler just seem to glow with light.

fmetalics

Metallic  threads add shimmer to these textural weaves for Hartmann and Forbes window shades.  Great look.

Confetti

This metallic pendant is called “Confetti” and is so aptly named. Metal strips are fused together to  form a primitive looking ball of light. Just pure fun. by Currey & Company.

gray menswear

Window pane check curtains in wool,  masculain arm chairs in flannel, a wool plaid throw and faux horsehair covered ottoman are just some of the fabrics used to define the new Menswer look. Include houndstooth,  herringbone and paisley and you’ve got the well dressed room. By Schumacher.

 

wallpaper

More Menswear styling is represented by this rich dark paisley wallcovering. Also by Scumacher. Note the metallic mirror.

pods

Texture reigns in this vinette. The combination of the rough wood table, string, pods and ceramic vase is tantalizing!

Watch for my next post on Fabulous Fuchsia.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior deigner in Minneapolis MN. www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

TEXTURAL TOPICS for Fall Interiors

                                                               THE LATEST TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Fall has arrived and along with it are new trends in interior design. Here are a few examples  of what’s new in fabrics, tile, lighting and furniture.

schunmacher

Loaded with texture, this room has it all, from the bleached wood chest to the painted wood mirror to the toile patterned curtains. And in orange no less. So Dramatic!

mixed stone

I love the texture and rust tones of the these mixed stone mosaic tiles. What a great backsplash these would make. Modern Mythology by Crossville.

peggy

 

The light shining through this drum chandelier creates a shimmering texture  all its own. The capiz shell circles and wrought iron frame are an unexpected combination that creates whimsy. “Peggy” by Currey & Company.

paisley

 

The contrasting textures of “Patani” paisley wallpaper and old world accessories create a rich tableau that I find so appealing. Thibaut wallpaper.

table top

What could be more textural than this beautifully matched veneer wood table top! Savoy dining table by Century.

Osb LittThese Native American inspired tapestry fabrics are colorful and rich in texture and part of a growing trend of ethnic influences. Amerinda Collection by Osborne & Little.

For more on Texture and Trends see my next post.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

TEXTURAL TOPICS FOR 2013

Unusual Textures

Horse blankets,  flat weave carpets, well worn leather, native artifacts, reclaimed wood and  natural fibers provide inspiration for the ethnic influence in interior design. This genre has been around for a long time but  is enjoying a resurgence right now because of our desire for  unique, handmade  items that add texture  and interest to our homes.  Let’s take a look at some new “old” elements for traditional and contemporary interiors.artisan fab. - Copy

The new Nomad Chic Collection by Kravet showcases upholstery fabrics in ethnic patterns and colors inspired by nomadic cultures of the Far East.  These luxurious textures offer warmth and richness to any interior style.

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These handsome wood blinds set off the worn leather chairs and washed old wood table with its unique artifacts. By Hartmann  and Forbes.

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The marvelous texture of this “snakeskin” wallpaper combined with the horsehair bench is perfect for the new lodge look. Luxe Lodge wallpapers from Schumacher.

wood mosaic

Love this reclaimed wood mosaic from Ansum and Ash made of 79% recycled material from timbers, wine barrels, old beams and sunken ships. What  could be more textural than this.

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These tactile fibers beg to be touched. Sustainable fibers are woven into woven shades by Hartmann and Forbes.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. for more info www.letitialittle.com.

MORE TEXTURAL TOPICS in Fabulous Fall Colors

 

FABULOUS COLORS FOR FALL INTERIORS cont.

Here are more exciting textures and colors that inspire me as I design interiors for clients. I see alot of interior product so I am always drawn to the new and unusual in fabrics, furniture and accessories. 

This richly textured chenille fabric has the visual warmth of a hand knit sweater. Looks great on the modern arm chair. By Romo

Thick strands of seagrass are loosely woven into the drum shape of the Nina chandelier by Made Goods. It’s perfect for Mid Century Modern interiors.

Textured, small scale weaves with a luxurious hand add tactile dimension to chairs and sofas. Fabrics by Romo

Is it mineral or furniture? This chunky stool in gold crackle ceramic can be used outdoors or indoors. Talk about unique! by Made Goods

Wool area rugs from the Middle East are  in a special category of textures all their own and  are always in demand and in style.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award wining interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.

TEXTURAL TOPICS in Fabulous Fall Colors

FABULOUS COLORS FOR FALL INTERIORS

One of my favorite seasons is almost here. There is something about the fall colors of rust, orange, gold, and red that make us feel ready to come inside. Add some interesting textures and you’ve got an  interior design  that feels all warm and cozy.

 Silk stripe in “hot” orange gives this classic sofa a fresh feel. Pair it with the linen print pillows for a wonderful contrast of textures. Suzanne Kasler for Lee Jofa. To me this look is the perfect marriage of “modern” and traditional. I love it.

Want to mix things up a bit? Add this funky stool in teak and amber mirror squares. Talk about texture! by Made Goods

Color updates a crewel fabric by Lee Jofa.This centuries old  type of woven fabric was traditionally done in cream or off white. These vibrant colors add richness while the wool embroidery provides the texture. Stunning!

This fabulous textural wallpaper by Zimmer Rohde begs you to touch it. Love it in rust and gray-an updated color combination.This wood frame mirror is covered in silver then hammered and etched to create marvelous texture. Tiny round mirrors complete the ethnic style. by Made Goods in gold finish.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award winning interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com

What’s New in Furniture for 2012

Trends in interior design are always fun for me to follow because they keep me on my toes. Fresh new looks  inspire creativity. One of the strongest  trends in furniture for 2012 is natural, light woods. Oak is back but in bleached, white washed or grayed tones. Think driftwood. These natural tones are an exciting casual look and provide a neutral background for any color scheme. Silver leaf finishes are the new metallic. Their soft sheen is upscale and elegant.  You will see them on tables, chests, mirrors, lamps etc.  Another new trend is lacquered tables, consoles and cabinets. Done in white or lipstick red, the look is very hip. Each one of the following examples can be the inspiration for a whole new room or the perfect finishing touch to an existing room design.

“Bees Knees” chair and occasional table by Caracole

 Pine chandelier from Century. The smooth white shades contrast perfectly with the rough wood for fabulous texture. 

 I love the silver leaf sheen with the black painted legs of these nest of tables from Caracole.

 Red lacquer cocktail table from Somerset Bay in a Greek key design. Fun!

This great little chest is called “Bedrock” from Caracole. Perfect for bedroom or casual living room.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.

INTERIOR TEXTURES INSPIRED BY NATURE

 

Texture and color inspire me when I design interiors for clients. The creative possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples.

Wool rugs from Lee Jofa are colorful and loaded with  texture. Can be used  to complement interiors in dining rooms, living rooms, hallways and bedrooms.

 The graceful, hammered iron legs contrast beautifully with the glass top in this cocktail table by Kolkka. 

 

The imaginative play of textures creates loads of drama for this interior.  The smooth wood of this contemporary console contrasts nicely with the fuzzy pillows on the linen sofa and the rock wall. By Harden

The pattern created by the iron “screens” in this Shoji chandelier is very tactile and evokes the Japenese aethetic. By Corbett.

Porcelain floor tiles have the rich, textural look and feel of natural stone. The square tiles are enhanced by the mosaic border, which adds another dimension of interest. By Pietre Travertine

If you have a topic you would like me to discuss in a blog please send me an e-mail at letitialittle@letitialittle.com.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info

CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR

                                                      TEXTURES FROM NATURE

 Texture is all around us; in its natural state or converted into useful products. It’s part of the “fabric of our lives”. (isn’t that a tag line for Cotton?) Here are some textures that caught my attention.

What could be more awe-inspiring than the sweeping vistas of Monument Valley. One of my favorite spots. I love the textures of the red earth and rock faces. My husband took this photo on one of our trips to the Southwest. 

Massive stone columns add weight and interest to this hallway, bringing nature indoors.

Vibrant green hillsides in Japan grow grasses to be woven into window shades. Such wonderful textural rhythm.

These custom  shades are woven on traditional hand looms. Fibers are hand striped, hand tied and cured right in the village near the hills. A real cottage industry. Hartmann & Forbes shades.

Woven iron drum table from Kolkka is a real conversation piece: sculptural yet  functional.

 

The visual image of this truckload of hand dyed yarns  is so inviting  it makes you want to reach out and touch it. Wonderful example of another cottage industry in India: Surya Rugs.

ACCESSORIES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

Want to change the look of your interiors without re- decorating the whole room? Well chosen accessories can do that. In fact accessories are powerful design elements in any interior. The right ones can be the frosting on the cake and truly finish off a room. The wrong ones can ruin the entire design.

 If you have neutral furnishings you can easily switch out pillows and accessories to create a new look for your room for not too much money. These colorful pillows and natural floral arrangement create great texture for Fall. And they won’t break the bank.

Hand crafted  accessories like these suggest an Artisan feel and provide character to a casual setting. Handwoven African baskets, glazed ceramic pitchers, antique silver stirrups, a crude wooden bench and a Kilim rug work well together to make a rich, ethnic statement. 

Custom made throw pillows in deep rich autumn colors make a bold statement on a white sofa. An off white or tan sofa would work too. 

More textural pillows in rust and turquoise.

 Southwestern basket, ceramic horses from South America and giant silk mums offer yet more possibilites for  variety and change in a great room or living room.

 Wonderful, crude santos from Guatamala look great on an end table. An interior designer to help you select one -of -a -kind items like all of the ones  shown. You might even have some special mementos from your travels. Visit flea markets and fairs for ideas too. 

Here’s another look at the same living room with different pillows and accessories all dressed up for the Holidays. See my post dated December 2010.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.

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