Beyond Trends

In design, trend lists pop up all the time. The start of the new year, after High Point Market, every change of season, etc. But trends are a funny thing; who are they for? Are there such thing as universal trends or does the design community need to become more specific in designating who the trends are for? Trends for millennials, trends for 30-somethings, trends for 40-somethings?

Color, color, color. We know this bright interior we did for a client will speak to some yet alienate others. This might be on trend but ask yourself, is it right for you?

We ask ourselves this question as the latest batch of trend forecasting dominated January design editorials. We saw calls for extreme bright, bold, graphic and we found ourselves asking, but would we want to live there? 

Perhaps ane elegant, streamlined bath with soaking tub is more up your alley?

Beth hit the nail on the head when she said she said the pendulum swings and what you want at one point in your life isn’t what you want later on. For her, she’s looking for peace and stillness at home, which is quite contrary to current high-energy trends. Yet nobody would dare say Beth is ever off-trend. 

Or perhaps an experly composed color palette of rich violets, greens, creams, and greys speaks to you?

Designers often design rooms imaging how they will look but not necessarily how they will feel. Sometimes, what we see in magazines is designed as an editorial but simply wouldn’t function in real life. Yes it is cool, yes it is fun, but who really wants a room where the eye has nowhere to rest, let alone the body? 

Do you like the bold print and color or does it make your head spin? Be honest!

With all this in mind, we suggest taking trend reports with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, media is normally geared towards upwardly mobile 20-30 somethings.  Keep in mind interior design is about creating a space that speaks to you and finding that connection is so much more important than following what’s current or prescribing to a set of rules. 

Is this your perfect dose of red?

Though we’ve created a few trend forecasts ourselves this past year at BHD, our newest, most updated trend report is be yourself, find yourself, and cultivate a home that is yours and yours alone. Happy nesting everyone!

 

 

By |February 22nd, 2018|Design Musings, Design Trends|Comments Off on Beyond Trends|

Flower Power

Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that a yellow iris represents passion but a yellow hyacinth represents jealousy. 

In interior design, color is as integral as any element in the way it shapes the room atmosphere and creates a sense of space. While color theory in interior design is consistent between colors (yellow is yellow is yellow), there there is great variety in the way a pale sunlightended yellow and a bright lightning strike yellow feel. We often pick flowers for arrangements based on color and shape without regard to meaning. Uncovering the nuanced meaning of flowers adds another depth to design. A subtlety that might not be recognized by many but will be appreciated by some. 

Let’s celebrate the start of spring with a peek at some of our favorite blossoms and their meaning. 

LAVENDER

admiration | solitude | beauty

HYDRANGEA

heartfelt | gratitude

LILY

purity | refined beauty

STATICE

remembrance | sympathy | success

DAFFODIL

regard | chivalry | rebirth | eternal life

IRIS

eloquence | messenger | purifying 

PEONY

bashfulness | compassion | happy life | happy marriage | good health | prosperity

** Adopted from an article written for House & Home magazine. Please click here to see the complete article as it appeared.

By |May 15th, 2017|Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Flowers, Kate, Landscaping|Comments Off on Flower Power|

Illustrators and Paper Artists

Instagram has become one of our favorite go-tos for inspiration, sourcing, and trend spotting. It is our most used “virtual magazine”, fully customizable and virtually limitless in terms of the depth we can get into when we really want to research a product or lock down a design idea.  Never before have we felt the world so close to our fingertips. 

One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is the access it gives us to local, national, and international artists. Artists we never would have found in local showrooms or online. We love finding new vendors, following their work, and cataloging images for future clients. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite botanical print and textile designers. We love the earthy femininity of the patterns and unexpected use of colors and techniques.
NINA PEARSE 

instagram | website

Syndey based artist known for architectural cut out drawings and X-ACTO knife abstractions from leaves. Her work is so exact, so precise, it is a quiet reminder that perfection is always within reach if you work hard for it.

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MIA WHITTEMORE

instagram | website

Boston based artist specializing in patterns and unique small painting. We feel Mia is one to watch and can’t wait to see her first line of fabric debut later this year in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!

 

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SARA BOCCACCINI MEADOWS

instagram | website

Brooklyn based textile and surface artist. We love her botanical prints and her talent for mixing media. Can’t wait to order some of her prints!

Andrada

HELEN DEALTRY

instagram | website

Brooklyn based textile artist and painter. Helen is an accomplished (i.e commissioned) artist in the fashion world but we personally love the silk scarves she designs and sells from her website.

 
Sea Urchin Cactus

 

LIVING PATTERN

instagram | website

Botanical artist Jenny Kiker is the most established botanical / print designer we love to follow. Her brand Living Pattern is a go-to fo cheerful lively prints of exotic leaves and flowers. We absolutely love her work!

By |April 18th, 2017|Art, Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Fabrics, Gifts, Inspiration, Kate, prints|Comments Off on Illustrators and Paper Artists|