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[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new modern

December 21, 2010 2 comments

It’s the time of year when all the shelter magazines are making their annual predictions for the hot upcoming trends.  Will they be on point or totally out there?  I was particularly excited to peruse the January 2011 issue of Canadian House & Home, one of my favourite monthly mags. Their thoughts on next year’s hottest trends are summed up in five looks that I believe are very representative of what’s going on in interior design: (1) The New Modern – soft & layered, (2) The New Vintage – edgy & focused, (3) The New Country – sleek & artisanal, (4) The New Traditional – bold & exotic, (5) The New Global – subtle & tailored.

Over the next five weeks I am going to assign myself some homework and take a stab at designing a room using Canadian H&H’s definitions as my guideline.

This week I will start with The New Modern – soft & layered. Characteristics of the classic modern style with a softened cosy twist include: luxurious textiles like velvet, faux fur, leather, and sisal; collections of well-curated books, plants, and objects; timeless modern furniture; white walls; hand-thrown pottery; ample pillows; tufted upholstery; lots of wood; hits of silvery blue; warm earthy tones.

Here is my take on this look – –


(images: brad ford inc. via Canadian House & Home julian wass)