Written by Katie Lugridge, Tribune News Service
There is nothing like the beginning of a new chapter to reflect on the days (and patterns) of the past. Every year comes up with such amazing trends that it seems a shame to leave them behind. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a few things I’d like to leave in 2021 as we start 2022 new and exciting, but I can’t help but think of a few items I hope to bring with me as well.
I loved the polka dots revival and all things spotted in 2021. There was no shortage of this lovable style and its variations to play with. From subtle and sweet Swiss dots to bold polka dots, huge graphics and everything in between, there is a point for you no matter your beauty.
Whether they are perfectly spaced and intact or lying organically, the spots and polka dots have a light and cheerful disposition. We’ve loved them in everything from upholstery to lamps to table accessories for a much-needed spot of fun in our homes.
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As a textile lover, when I think of menswear, I immediately imagine fabrics I would find in high-end haberdashery. Inspired by classic men’s suit styles, any material from striped stripes to plaid or herringbone to slim fit can be used to bring a masculine charm to the space. Tweed, plaid, leather, argyle are some of the other things I can’t get enough of for everything from upholstery to window treatments to pillows. The absolute favorite touch? A leather strap or a sling whenever we can sneak in!
When it comes to rich, elegant masculine colors, I’m drawn to dreamy greens, lush navy, luxe beauties, deep greys, tobacco browns, and snake reds. I picture a fancy, cute suit with all the trimmings and then bring these shapes into my home (and office). Supplements that can be added can range from pseudo bone and horn to tortoiseshell tortoiseshell, or whatever you can find in a cuff. Adding meticulously designed touches like metal buttons, staples, and velvet trim to your upholstery gives a sharp and polished menswear look to your furniture and public spaces.
Stained glass recently experienced its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s when it was brought into homes in a big way. I would, however, classify stained glass as a recent recurring trend, and I’m e.g. I’m tickled pink. Colors have been revamped to include softer pastel tones, beautiful jewel tones, and modern hues that look as intriguing as they are to use.
As a neo-traditional person (and someone who believes in the décor mantra “more means more”), I’m in favor of yet another way to bring a touch of color and excitement into my home. Stained glass is a jewel on your table and in your closet. When you’re done raising your countertops, stained glassware is the perfect addition to your glass display or open-door cabinet. Don’t worry if you can’t decide on one color for your home. Mixing and matching is not only accepted, but it is highly encouraged.
I hope to discover these trends a lot more next year, and add a few new ones to the mix! I think 2022 will have its own share of exciting home fashion for us to enjoy and to try, so stay tuned!
(Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Loughridge is the owner of the Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hills. For more information, contact Katie at email@example.com.)
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