Velvet – We’re seeing it everywhere – Velvet. Reminiscent of the 1970’s, this soft, luxurious fabric is a hot trend this winter. Paired with natural elements like reclaimed wood or baskets, upholstered velvet pieces make a dramatic statement. If you don’t have the budget to purchase new furniture, add velvet accent pillows and throws to your existing sofa and chairs to give them an updated feel and make your room seem cozy and warm. Nothing says glamour better than velvet curtains. Not only will velvet add visual interest to your room, there’s nothing like sinking down in a lush velvety chair or curling up with a soft velvet throw to stay toasty warm on a chilly winter night.
Relaxing Retreat – Create a sanctuary of peace and tranquility in your home to escape the constant barrage of technology and the pressures of everyday life. Transform your living room into a relaxing retreat by choosing light-colored upholstered furniture. This monochromatic style can be accented with live house plants, natural reclaimed wood, and smooth metal accents. Soft lighting adds ambiance and a subtle glow. Build a fire in the fireplace, cuddle up with a fuzzy throw and a glass of wine and watch the dancing flames as your stress melts away.
Woven Textures – Use baskets and other wicker accessories in your space to add texture to your decor. Purchase a wicker plant stand and add a live house plant to bring the outdoors in. Or what about a hanging lamp made of wicker over a table for accent lighting? Baskets hanging in a grouping on a wall or placed on a shelf for extra storage work nicely. The contrast of rough textures along with lush, soft fabrics like velvet or knitted throws add tactile coziness to your living room.
Brass – Move over, copper, brass has taken your place as the metal of choice this winter. Smooth shiny polished brass accents such as door knockers, drawer pulls, and doorknobs are back. Pair this lively color with the clean, fresh look of white marble for an interesting contrast. Light fixtures, lamps, and kitchen and bath accents work with this industrial metal.
Dark Colors – Take a walk on the dark side with deep, rich tones on your walls. Paint colors like navy blue, Golden Lime, Autumn Magic, Shaded Spruce and Teal make a dramatic statement in your living room. Colors like scarlet Red and Tawny Port add to the list of color choices to create a warm, unique space. If you prefer lighter colored walls, use deeper shades for accent pillows or add dark-colored glasses to go with your white plates. Use Chocolate Brown in faux fur for a luxurious look or try color- blocking on walls or in fabrics to give a modern feel.
Wallpaper – It’s back! While the thought of wallpaper makes some of us cringe, it’s becoming a popular decorating choice once again. Greenery and botanical prints dominate this trendy look. Large floral prints, in shades of blush, light gray and emerald add color and personality to a room. Palm leaf prints, as well as more geometric patterns create a unique look.
Mid-Neutral and Muted Tones – Don’t worry if you can’t muster up the courage to paint your walls a dramatic deep shade. While all white is out, mid-tone neutrals accented with natural elements such as wood are in. Neutral Gray is a hot color right now, from walls to accessories. Muted tones like millennial pink and blush are on trend as are whites, beiges, pale grays and carmel.
Sofia Robinson writes for Brick-Anew.com. Brick-Anew is a step-by-step process that helps you repaint your fireplace with the authentic look of real brick.
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