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[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new traditional

February 6, 2011 2 comments

I’m a little behind schedule, but here is the fourth installment of my take on Canadian House & Home‘s top trends of 2011. This week I am looking at the “New Traditional” which is a bit of  a buzz word in the design world these days.  According to the Editors at H&H, traditionalists are infusing more colour, drama, and bold patterns into their interiors. Recommended means of achieving this look are chinoiserie wallpaper and exotic brights which could work in any room, and camp-style blankets and upholstered headboards with nailhead trim in the bedroom.

(images: 1- Massucco Warner Miller, Ngoc Minh Ngo)

Here is my take on the look….

While we are on the subject of “new traditional”, I want to mention how much I love an upholstered headboard with nailhead detailing.  It is sophisticated with a bit of edge. It is traditional with an air of modernity. A curved headboard can be grounded with this slightly masculine detail. You can find some of these great heaboards at regular retail shops such as Restoration Hardware or West Elm, a custom version through your designer, or try your hand at a little DIY.

(image 1-Restoration Hardware, 2-West Elm)

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You can read my first three posts on the Top Trends of 2011 here:  the new modernthe new vintage, and the new country.