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Home Decor Trends 2006


Simplified Forms Define Paris Home Show

At the Maison & Objet show , favorites included graphic white porcelain and steel tableware. Fashion's influence on interior design continues to grow as the Gothic style seen on recent runways was a major presence at the show, exemplified by black glass and diamond-inspired shapes.

Granny Chic

"Today" show host Matt Lauer spoke with Domino magazine's contributing style editor Chassie Post about the hottest trend in home decor, "granny chic."

In home decor, what's old is definitely new again - "granny chic" is here! Think romantic-shaped furniture, wallpaper, lace, wicker, needlepoint, and crochet, but reinvented or updated with modern materials, bold color and even a sense of humor. The hippest designers are veering away from cold, hard modernism and embracing warm, comfortable designs inspired by Granny - but with a twist. It's popular because it's nostalgic. During this fast, complex time we're living in, people are craving comfort and the familiar. Here are some tips for getting this look in three different rooms in your house:

Living Room

Wallpaper : Wallpaper is back! And this is not your Grandmother's wallpaper. It's no longer heavy, dark, and stuffy. Today, we're seeing fresh new takes on wallpaper.

Cuckoo clock : When was the last time you saw a cuckoo clock? These folk classics are cool again. This is a perfect example of the groovy granny trend - an outdated object reworked in an attractive and clever way. The Anthropologie clock featured on "Today" is a blue metal silhouette of a traditional cuckoo clock with the outline of a typical woodland scene, complete with deer and antlers on top. Decorative accessories are a great way to bring some granny chic into your room without a major commitment.

Furniture : It's all about mixing different styles. The classic "salon" chair featured on "Today" is traditionally-shaped but reupholstered with modern fabric. To get this look and use what you have: update hand-me-downs or vintage furniture and give them an instant facelift by just reupholstering them in modern material.

Dining Room

Lace curtain : The wall covering featured on "Today" is an updated version of a lace curtain or paper doll cutout. It's actually a paper curtain with flower and animal scenes that are intricately cut "paper doll"-style by a Dutch designer named Toord Boontje who has become a rock star in the design world. People are using this as art, wall covering, curtains or a room divider. He used to cut his designs by hand, but they have become so popular, he now does it on a computer. Until Dawn Panel by Toord Boontje, $100,

Doilies : Another way to get this trend is by using something old-fashioned in a new way. We used traditional doilies from the grocery store to create a modern design on our table instead of using a tablecloth. Great for entertaining. We just taped/stapled different sizes together. It's so easy - the more haphazard, the better.

Candlesticks : The candlesticks by designer Harry Allen are called "Gran's Candlesticks" and they are exact reproductions of his own Grandmother's beloved silver candlesticks. He reproduces them, but in plastic resin and six bold pop colors. Again, new materials can give an old-fashioned and staid item an edge. Gran's Candlestick by Harry Allen Reality Designs, $45,


Needlepoint pillows : People are craving items that feel special and less mass produced. Personalized crafts, like knitting, crochet, needlepoint and quilting, are popular again. They give a sense of comfort and warmth. Jonathan Adler is the king reinterpreting the familiar and making it feel new, fresh, and fun. On needlepoint pillows, instead of designs that say things like "I'd rather be golfing", Jonathan has shaken it up with fun pop references. And if you are a crackerjack needle pointer, you can make them yourself ! Jonathan Adler,, $95-165

Bedding, quilt and crochet throw : Haul out your grandmother's quilts and crochet throws again - craft is also back. But try them on a modern bed. We've paired a lavender star quilt from Pine Cone Hill and classic crochet throw by Nate Berkus with a modern headboard (again, mixing styles). Still with a vintage feel, but not tired or too country. Lavender Star Quilt, Pinecone Hill,, $275; crochet throw from Nate Berkus for Linens-n-Things,, $59.99

Tabletop- Old is New Again

3/09/06 - Pink, turquoise and yellow enamelware; aluminum serving platters; and plastic - not silk - greenery and flowers are the "in" items on 2006 table tops, according to designers at the Dallas Market Center.The look is described as "updated retro," and if you've been astute enough to save some of your grandmother's dishes from the 1950s and early 1960s, you'll be the "cat's meow" this summer.

The key to making the '50s style work in 2006 is mix and match, said Rawlins Gilliland, a national marketing consultant specializing in small businesses. Gilliland conducts table-top trends tours for buyers attending the January and June wholesale gifts, decorative accessories and gourmet food markets held in the Dallas Market Center.


Contemporary tables combine tradition with modern. Gilliland illustrated the concept by suggesting a pairing of Jan Barboglio rustic iron chargers with delicate Limoges china. Asymmetrical plates, serving pieces made from recycled glass and square chargers are additional modern table accessories, Gilliland pointed out, that can update traditional settings. "You could use a different table service for each place setting, or you may want to use a 12-inch platter as a dinner plate."

Details matter, Gilliland maintained, and designers in product showrooms in the Dallas Market Center's World Trade Center and Trade Mart buildings agreed that today's shoppers are both quality and cost conscious.


Silk greenery and flowers are being replaced by plastic plants and flowers that look and feel so real you have to smell them to determine if the plant is real or not. The plastic, sometimes referred to as resin, greenery is appealing to dual-income households, where no one has time to tend plants, the market's floral experts claimed. Often, the plastic plant or plastic tree was placed in real dirt in a pot.

When it comes to real flowers, gladioluses are the "in" flower. The spiky flowers look dramatic in bunches of 10 placed in tall 6-inch diameter, round, clear glass containers.


Candlesticks, trays, coasters and other table and sideboard accessories are bronze, not silver, in 2006. The bronze metallic finishes are paired with yellow- and orange-hued linens and china patterns.

*Holiday 2006*

J.M.H. Schwanke, a design consultant for the Dallas Market Center, led a trend-spotting walking tour of several of the floral showrooms in the Dallas Market Center's International Floral & Gift Center and World Trade Center buildings. He pointed out colors and textures that will be fashionable during the 2006 holiday season. (see also CHRISTMAS TRENDS 2006)

Shimmer, shine, sparkle, pinks, reds and black, Schwanke said, are the finishes and colors you'll see. The palette is being influenced by 9- to 16-year-old girls, who like sparkles and shiny things with reflective quality. The tweens, he said, advise their mothers on what's cool, and their mothers listen.

Blue, particularly aqua blue, and chocolate are also fashionable colors.

Conspicuously absent from Dallas Market showrooms was red, white and blue decor. Americana has been replaced by beach and sea colors and motifs.

Schwanke called attention to penguins, polar bears and swans as important holiday characters. Halloween has been growing in popularity for some time, and now Thanksgiving is developing a following, the designer said. White pumpkins, quince, gilded leaves, cloches (a bell-shaped glass dome), and tallow berries are harvest-themed accessories for Thanksgiving decorating.

Because Thanksgiving is becoming a popular holiday to decorate around, the fall colors - oranges, greens, yellows, browns - are showing up in more table decor. Bowls and baskets filled with lifelike plastic fruits and vegetables will grace many a buffet this Thanksgiving, Schwanke observed.

--Tommy C. Simmons Copyright 1992-2006, Louisiana Broadcasting LLC and Capital City Press LLC, All Rights Reserved.

What's In - What's Out

3/06/06 -

IN : White / OUT : Weathered White

IN : Sea Coral / OUT : Kitschy Sea Bathers

IN : Chicly Recycled Decor / OUT : Recycled Chic 2001

IN : Mirrored Finishes / OUT : Verdigris Finishes

IN : Art Deco / OUT : Folk Art

IN : India / OUT : Americana

IN : Organic / OUT : Rustic

IN : High Style / OUT : Southwest Style

IN : Pumped -Up Patterns / OUT : Nostalgic Patterns

IN : Jewels / OUT : Jewel -toned Glass

IN : Shell / OUT : Fossilized Stone

Trend-Spotting at the CGTA Spring Gift Show

2/07/06 -

*Blue : Turquoise blue and Robin's egg blue were seen on a range of home decor products, often paired with brown.

*Green : Soft chartreuse continued to be popular this year in nearly all categories.

*Seeing Spots : Polka Dots were spotted on china, photo frames, and other decorative accessories.

*Baby : As the children of the baby boomers enter their prime child-bearing years, a second baby boom is expected. Several suppliers offered new lines and products to meet the growing demand for baby gifts, clothes, furniture and accessories.

*Wall Decor : Products for walls were plentiful. Exhibitors offered prints, tiles, 3-D wall sculptures and more.

.*Pet Products : New products for pets ranged from beds and clothes to toys and fine dishes.

*Handmade: Artisan products were popular. Many offered modern interpretations of old-style crafts.

*Wood : In jewelry and home decor.

*Kits : Scantrade debuted a Gel Gems greeting card kit and M.F. & Associates presented Frances Meyers' Memories to Share Card Kit. Anything facilitating the DIY trend is popular.

What's Hot in Home Decor for 2006

2/06/06 - Overly matched interiors are giving way to personalized design. Multi-cultural influences blend into our current identities. Interiors will become more individualized and unique to the owner.

The thread of personalization is woven throughout next year's design fabric. As a society accustomed to tailoring customized messages on our favorite M&M colors, designing our own Nike footwear, and wearing monogrammed jewelry and initialed handbags, we take pride in creating a living environment that reflects our unique preferences and personalities.

Murals : One way in which the personalizing trend will be evident is in decorative wall murals. According to the Shaw Report by Jessica Shaw in "Entertainment Weekly," murals are in - with mosaics and decoupage being "five minutes ago" and "out," respectively.

The color palette: Chinese red, barn red and watermelon red make a bold statement, and orange will range from butternut and apricot to orange-red. Pale, vivid and inky purples will start closing in on the still-popular pinks, and rich chocolate brown will retain its distinction as the "new black" - pairing especially well with robin's egg blue.

For in-depth color information see: COLOR TRENDS 2006

Hot for 2006

2/1/06 - News From the Vegas Market ...

- Monarchal Motifs

Crowns, crests, fleur de lis and Napoleonic bees accented with French flair.

- Cloisonne Chic

Ancient techniques are reworked with modern polish and a hip vibe.

- Fab Florals

Exotic renderings give flower power a punch more sexy than sweet, highlighting roses, orchids and cherry blossoms.

- Coastal Comfort

Nautical and beach themes make a splash. Designs range from organic to playful. For in-depth information see: NAUTICAL DECOR 2006

- Nailhead

Nailhead trim lends antiqued appeal melded with contemporary presence.

- Enchanted Forest

Magical birds, branches and other woodland creatures evoke a mystery-shrouded ode to nature.

- Luxe Lace

Touches of lace ladd elegant femininity to the home.

- Dynamic Metallic

Gold and silver pair with white for platinum style.

- Brighten with Yellow

Yellow is anything but mellow, add a vibrant pop to accessories in shades of daffodil, canary and marigold.

- East Meets West

Combining Asian style with European sophistication.

Western Rides Again

2/1/06 - Western-themed products are beginning to show up more. Tooled leather boxes, bags with fringe and silver buckles, John Wayne and other nostalgic personalities will be showing up on a variety of products. Look for bandana patterns, and products that say "great outdoors," (as in "out on the range", not the patio).

Inspirational Gifts

2/1/06 - Inspirational giftware reaches far beyond the religious. Inspirational stationery, cards and giftware can encompass encouragement, coping, inspiring (to grow, learn, be, become, do), philosophical, uplifting and guides for living. Inspiration includes such areas as recovery, renewal, sympathy, and difficult times in life, love, birth and birthdays.

The Color Blue

2/1/06 - Research informs us that 60% of a purchase decision is based on color. Blues are predicted to be on the rise, whether pale blue or cobalt blue. Blue will be complemented with contrasting colors such as orange, green, other blues, and brown. Chocolate brown is being paired with other shades of brown along with colors such as blue.

Tabletop Introductions Shine in the City of Light

1/31/06 - PARIS -- Tabletop introductions were big, bold and bright at last week's Maison & Objet show. There was an emphasis on color, design, shape and texture, particularly among French manufacturers.

Dinnerware colors were rich and saturated, and the predominant hues were blue/greens, shades of purple and orange.

Some manufacturers promoted design. Platinum and gold banding took a backseat to more design-driven looks. Irregular shapes abounded and texture was enhanced through reactive glazes or innovative applications.

An appeal to younger consumers was evidenced by a surge in plastic products and an emphasis on multifunctional pieces.

Paint industry trends that make style sense and make your life easier

- Metallics

A renewed interest in metallics is part of a trend toward "mainstream luxury," said Michelle Neuhauser, product manager for craft and decor products for Krylon, part of Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. Today's metallics aren't the glitzy, garish ones of the 1980s. The difference, Neuhauser said, is that the metallic pigments are more finely ground. The look, she said, is more lustrous than shiny, more burnished than bold. "You see it reflected in metals used elsewhere in your home," she said. "The look there is a satin or brushed finished, oxidized, antique-looking."

Interior designer Lewis Wallack saw that look recently in Rome at the new Fendi store and headquarters. The staircase was painted in a metallic charcoal. "It was beautiful," he said. Metallics have moved past the traditional gold, silver and bronze. Ralph Lauren's Regent Metallics line is 76 colors - including pinks, blues and greens. Ralph Lauren's line is part of Strongsville-based ICI Paints. Wallack said metallics work wonderfully as a backdrop for art. And since they reflect light, they're perfect for bathrooms.

- Ceiling paint

Painting the ceiling can be a pain in the neck - literally and figuratively. Then, when you're all done, you see you've missed a spot ! In 2004, Glidden, also part of ICI Paints, debuted its EZ-Track ceiling paint. It goes on pink and dries white, so you can see where you've painted and any thin or bare spots.

- Chalkboard paints

Chalkboard paints have moved beyond craft projects and into interior design. Neuhauser has seen a lot of interest in using chalkboard paint all around the home - on the wall in a child's room or playroom, on a kitchen cabinet or backsplash, on furniture, in workshops. "There are so many ways you can use it," she said. "You can paint a cabinet front with it for your grocery list or recipes or phone messages. You can use it in a workshop to make notes and draw up plans." Chalkboard paint is being used in combination with magnetic paint or primer such as Magic Wall - a base containing metals that create a surface receptive to magnets. That means you can have a wall where you can write, draw, or affix things without putting holes in the wall.

- Perfect pigments

One of the buzzwords in the world of paint is "full-spectrum color." Most popular paint lines use black or gray pigments in mixing their colors, and that can lead to dull, flat color. Pricey, boutique paint lines including Donald Kaufman's Color Collection, Sydney Harbour Paints, Citron Paints and Devine Paints skip the black and gray and mix a greater number of pigments together to create a color that is clearer and more precisely what the homeowner wants.

These paints are often thick, almost the consistency of yogurt, and can result in a smoother finish in fewer coats than cheaper, thinner paints. They're earning a devoted following from homeowners and designers for their rich, pure color. "Kaufman is sensational, I love those paints," Wallack said. "There's a richness and depth you're just not going to get in a cheap paint." These paints aren't cheap, running around $40 to $60 a gallon.

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