REJUVENATING SPRING COLORS
Color, Color, Color. We love it and can’t get enough of it this time of year. Whether we use it in large doses or small punches its essential to a well designed interior. Colors come in and out of favor but some are keepers such as blue and green. And they are trending right now as sea green and sky blue or as gem tones like saphire and emerald. The following examples inspire and rejuvenate.
This uplifting, traditional style living room is all done up in sky blue and spring green. It’s daring yet soothing at the same time. Green silk taffeta curtains and blue linen sofa contrast beautifully with the iron “branch” cocktail table and leafy print chair.Furniture is by Century, which always provides high style and timeless quality.
Rich jewel tones infuse this quartz surface with life and energy. Picture this as a counter top in a powder room-Wow! Semi-precious stone surface by Ceasarstone.
Pastel, watery blues and greens are soothing yet envigorating and very on trend right now, especially the aqua. You can almost feel the sea breezes; one could spend hours in this beautiful traditional dining room.
Here’s an exciting new look for a Chinese lantern: emerald green. Just pure whimsy! by Charles Edwards.
The ever popular aqua is paired with orange for lots of energy in this contemporary sun room. Fabrics by Sunbrella are great for outdoor rooms and indoor ones as well. Great wearing and easy clean up.
Who is more on trend than Jonathan Adler? Unexpected combinations of color and patterns create excitement and fun. Deep saphire blue sofa combined with softer blue chairs look great on the black and white rug. Note the touches of brass for a change up in metals.
Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com.
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.
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.
Now this is a diva! Need I say more? Maharani chandelier in wrought iron, wood and glass. By Currey & Co.
Rich velvets in tantalizing hues by Manuel Canovas, can be used for any interior element like pillows, furniture or bed coverings. Delicious!
Oversized floral wallpaper and fuchsia/white French chair are a perfect pair to give flair to a traditional look. Louisiane fabrics and wallpaper by Lorca.
This 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The contrasting textures of “Patani” paisley wallpaper and old world accessories create a rich tableau that I find so appealing. Thibaut wallpaper.
What could be more textural than this beautifully matched veneer wood table top! Savoy dining table by Century.
These 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.
TRADITIONAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
These beautifully updated products are perfect for today’s master bath.
This free standing, cast iron tub with solid base is a beautiful example of the newest trend in traditional style bathrooms. “Vintage” by Kohler.
These handmade tiles by Adex have a special glaze that gives them a unique, yet timeless look.
I love the slender lines of this graceful faucet set. The polished nickel gives a crisp updated look to the tradtional feel. by Moen
Any one of these beautiful patterned fabrics by Mary McDonald for Schumacher would make elegant window coverings in a master bath; or anywhere else in the home for that matter.
This graceful rendition of the beaded chandelier would bring any master bath up to date. By Hudson Valley. Would look fabulous in almost any room.
Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info www.letitialittle.com.
MODERN DESIGN ELEMENTS
Here are some exciting new features in modern styling that take bathroom design to a whole new level.
What could be more modern than this fabulous, solid surface tub by Kohler? Love the soft angular lines.
This crisp Black and White design is shown in wallpaper and matching fabric for a well defined modern look. Mojito by Thibaut.
“90 Degree” faucet by Moen is sleek, functional and fun to use. Makes a great style statement!
Embossed tiles called Geo are so very “mod”. by Adex
Stunning and sleek, this wall sconce in polished nickel with parchment shades is perfect for any modern interior. by Hudson Valley.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN.
Bold, geometric shapes are everywhere in interior design this year. They make strong statements in fabric, wallpaper, furniture design and even lighting in modern and traditional styles. Here are a few examples that caught my eye.
This glass front console with the white fretwork is so crisp and modern and the orange geometric fabric on these classic Chinese chairs gives them a fabulous update.Chin Hua by Century Furniture. Wonderful, bold colors!
This chic, modern wall sconce is like a piece of jewelry all done up in silver circles and blue silk shade. by Vaughan Lighting.
Love this little loveseat in the blue, white and black pagoda print with its shaped back. This new Chin Hua collection by Century is so exciting and creative!
The linear quality of this nickel chandelier is softened by the flower petals. And there’s that blue again.(can you tell I like blue?) Very lighthearted! by Vaughan
This gray and white geometric fabric is very popular right now. Looks great on this chair by Century and would work for curtains or bed coverings too.
The red, white and blue color scheme works with the Chinese furniture to create a new twist to an old style. How American! Chin Hua by Century.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award wining interior designer based in Minneapolis, MN. for more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
COOL COLORS FOR HOT SUMMER DAYS
New inspirations for interiors range from tile to lighting. Here are just a few selections.
Black and white is a summer favorite. Add lavendar and you’ve got a new color combination that automatically brings the temperture down. Furniture by Century.
White stone tiles and mosaics for floors and walls feel cool to the touch and are so “in” now.
What could be more refreshing than this crystal table lamp with Prune silk drum shade by Vaughan Lighting.
Upholstered bed with biscuit tufted headboard in cool white linen by Pearson
The shape of this hanging lamp with its geometric bronze iron overlay is very now. “Toledo” by Vaughan
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning, licensed interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.
This Late Victorian house was built in 1893 by Cass Gilbert who also designed the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul. It is on the National Registry for Historic Landmarks.I had the oportunity to create the interior design for one of the guest bedroom suites in this ASID Showcase Home. I wanted to restore it to its original style using colors, fabrics and furniture of the period. In this post I will show a few of the before shots. Following posts will show work in progress and the final bedroom and bath.
This small bedroom is short on square footage and is pretty chopped up with doors, windows and angles. But there are lots of possibilities. I love the little fireplace with its original dentil moulding, columns and green glazed tiles. The 2nd and 3rd floors in the Late Victorian style had painted woodwork and walls in pastel colors; a departure from the first floor which had heavy woodwork and mouldings in dark wood stain.
This is a view into what will be a closet.
Pictured here is the build out of what will be the small adjoining bath.
This little antique chandelier was found in another part of the house. I decided to reuse it for this bedroom. It just needed a bit of cleaning up so it could sparkle and shine. Its just the right size as you will see.
Watch for my next posts on the design process.
Letitia Little is a licensed, award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info go to www.letitialittle.com.
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.
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
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Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info