Are you a maximalist or a minimalist? Do love bohemian styles that are about expressing your inner gypsy, or do love a more feminine version of Mad Men? Are you California Cool or Rustic Farmhouse? Do you love French Girl chic or turning your home into a speakeasy? Or …are you a mix, let’s call it eclectic?
Are you in the mood to have less stuff and more experiences? A soft and simple color palette. Allowing your eyes to rest from a life filled with too many screens. Bringing in greenery and using plants to fill your home with clean air and natural life. Neutral colors that make your home a calm space.
Or, do you prefer a home filled with your collections that inspire you? To use your home as your own personal museum and use every inch of space to showcase your favorite things.
Here are our favorite looks that are more than just trends, they incorporate a lifestyle and represent a frame of mind.
This is about having less stuff and less color. Removing everything that doesn’t make you happy or is in a bright color. Using tone on tone neutrals as a calm palette. Using earth tones. Focusing on handmade accessories and fair-trade decorations. Baskets for storage and to hold your plants. This look is a vacation for your eyes. Hang hats on the wall. Use greenery for color. Keep art simple. Use pale colored woods and black and white prints as focal points.
Think Ulla Johnson’s Brooklyn home. Soft pale couches, pastel throw cushions, and simple floral arrangements as art. Bohemian touches and natural textures rule. Circular mirrors, crystals and a fig tree required. Ceramic dishes, lots of pillows and tons of light make her home inviting. Pillows, blankets and carpets are in shades of soft blues and pinks. This home is child-friendly. Leather seats, wooden tables and carpets from far off lands make this home feel personal, layered, and light.
Velvet couches have been slowly gaining steam over the past few years. Few vintage looks communicate a sense of rock ‘n roll cool the way a velvet couch can. Velvet throws and cushions can be used to add softness and that vintage feel if you don’t want to commit to a new couch. Or, why not reupholster an old couch with a great shape? Put velvet cushions on your kitchen chairs or toss them around your living room. Or throw a blanket over your bed. Velvet adds softness and sensual vibes. With speakeasies everywhere in Montreal like Venice and Bird Bar, you can try out how it feels before you redecorate your home. Mandy Moore’s new mid-century home houses the prettiest retro bed in pink.
Plants as Art
Using plants as wallpaper and jewelry for your home. Not only are they natural air purifiers, they make any room feel alive. From a single palm leaf in a vase, to a fig tree to the new hanging plants, this look can be adapted to your style. Hang plants above your bed, on a rack, or cover your ceilings with long willowy greens. Use shelving or any of the new hanging accessories available.
From tone on tone violet everywhere, to a single pop of color, the pantone color of 2018 is versatile. Paint a door, a wall, or your whole kitchen. Mix this color with rose quartz for a hot color palette or keep it simple with an all white backdrop. Gwyneth Paltrow’s New York living room couch in lavender, hello!
You believe more is more. You want to show off your collections. You want to use every square inch of space. You may want to see every color in your home or want your home to feel like a gallery. You don’t believe in editing because your belongings make you feel at home. You like to feel stimulated by your home and don’t believe in holding back. This is a look all about self-expression. You will love the new Pantone 2019 colors just announced like “craving”. This look is not about clutter, it’s about maximising color, patterns and ultimately all of your space.
This is about less is more. Each piece is carefully selected and you edit often. You prefer white space to a lot going on. You want your home to feel calm. You want less things and more life experiences. Get rid of clutter. Slow down. Take cellphone breaks. Do things one at a time. I think we could all benefit from infusing our life with this mindset.
This vibrant and youthful look is all about fun and pops of color. White walls with lots of color everywhere like editor and actress Tavi Gevinson’s New York apartment. Add a rainbow-colored neon sign or arrange your books by color to incorporate this look.
This lifestyle is not about perfection. Your bed might not be made. You decorate how you dress. You treat furniture like the classic little black dress that you accessorize. Let your space evolve over time and never over stage. The French Girl shows off a few pieces of art and a classic large gilded mirror on the fireplace mantel. Or you use gilded frames to expose your art. High-end vintage furniture is slowly collected. You aren’t concerned with rules. Mix and match furniture from different time periods. Beautiful pieces go with beautiful pieces, just like they do at a flea market or antique shop. Your bookcases feel more like a library than a staged area. Add framed photos and flowers. Add opulent details like peacock feathers. Ultimately, you buy what you love, and enjoy the search.
Now matter how you approach decorating your home, what we all have in common is that Big Spring Clean coming up soon and we will all be thinking about editing our belongings, opening the windows, and treating ourselves to some flowers. Enjoy!