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Exclusive Designer Decorating Tips: How to Incorporate Trends into Your Home

To continue our ‘Summer Designer Tips Series‘ this week, we got the scoop from designers on how they incorporate trends into their designs. Get exclusive pointers from top-players like Juan Montoya & James ‘Ford’ Huniford on how to use trends in your home.

 

Lindsey Coral Harper

Youthful designer Lindsey Harper often brings a modern twist to her work with a focus on bold pattern, texture and color. Here she made a small space come to life with a bright hue used all over the room. To offset the strength of the shade and provide depth, she added a dark texture to the backs of the shelves.

Lindsey’s Tip: “Don’t be afraid to use trends in a small space. I love to be on trend with color, so when Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as ‘The Color of 2014,’ I used a version in this little study I designed for a show house in Atlanta, GA.”

 

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Juan Montoya

Juan Montoya doesn’t consider himself trendy. In fact, his work could be considered more timeless than up-to-the-minute. But that doesn’t mean that his work is traditional. At this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Montoya took a 19th-century room & made it work for today with modern pieces (like the back-to-back sofa) that have a sense of balance. His motto for the space was, “How do we respect it and at the same time challenge it?” (New York Times).

Juan Montoya’s Tip: Do not go overboard–follow your own gut feeling!

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James ‘Ford’ Huniford

James ‘Ford’ Huniford likes to take old pieces and make them trendy by giving them a makeover. In this living room in Sagaponack, NY, he chose to lean the artwork on the wooden beam structure of the wall rather than hanging the frames the traditional way. The designer also whitewashed an antique 19th century sofa to make it feel more light and modern.

James ‘Ford’s’ Tip: “Taking inspiration from trends can be a great jumping off point when designing a space, but your focus should remain on creating something that complements the existing architecture and reflects your overall lifestyle.”

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Caleb Anderson

How influenced are you by trends?

Caleb Anderson believes that as a designer it’s best to “closely examine trends and identify those which I feel may be lasting or have impact to incorporate in projects. Some trends have great relevance in my work, while others tend to be fleeting.” At this year’s Hampton Designer Show House, Caleb used a black & white theme, a color combo we saw all over the Spring runways.

“One of the greatest trends right now that I am seeing is the increased availability in materials and products related to outdoor living.” explains Caleb, “Outdoor fabrics have come a long way and are available in so many great textures and colors. They are extremely durable, and I often use outdoor fabrics for upholstery on interior furnishings. They are especially great for clients with pets and children.”

Caleb’s Tip: Use trendy elements sparingly as accents. Do not make the biggest investment in your room a trendy piece. Invest in a great antique, vintage piece or work of art that will never lose viability in your interior over time.

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2 thoughts on “Exclusive Designer Decorating Tips: How to Incorporate Trends into Your Home

  1. I’m with Caleb and James. I love to experiment on a small level with a trend color but I wouldn’t paint any huge room with it. Too much work for me later! 😉 I did use purple for the trees in my powder room because the trend inspired me but the wall color had been there for awhile.

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