Thursday, April 19, 2012

Design Trends

If you have visited First Fruit Collection lately, more specifically, since March 1 when we reopened the store with our wonderful new owner, Ashley Toney, you have noticed a change in our style. The new look is softer, less fussy, and full of new design elements.

We wanted to incorporate the new design trends in our store and mix them with the traditional country french furnishings you have loved for so many years. There is a lot of reclaimed wood, industrial elements, mercury glass, natural fibers, muted colors, and unexpected accents. Currents trends that are making statements in design are monograms on just about everything, solid color rugs, silver and gold accents, chevron, ikat and quatrefoil patterns, and tufted sofas.

You may be wondering if you can incorporate these new looks in your home. How can you update without getting rid of everything you have? We have heard many questions from our customers on how to get this new look in their homes. We have to address each home on an individual basis, depending on your particular style, but there are some simple ideas on how to update I will share with you.

Do you have a piece of furniture that could be painted with a new soft color? You may have a dated motif painted piece that is really dating your design.

Do you have all of your art under glass? Try using an original piece of art, such as an unframed canvas painting.

Do your floral arrangements still contain ivy, roses or magnolias? Are they dusty and tired? If so, it may be time to update those. Trends now are more natural florals with less mix of color.

Is your sofa a large scale floral? If so, it may be time to soften the look with a solid piece. A solid sofa is always a good idea, less trendy. Put your print on disposable items, like an accent pillow.

Are your rugs making too bold of a statement? Try using a solid textured rug to soften the look of your room. Solid rugs make a space appear larger and give more focus on the furnishings.

Are your light fixtures dating your home? Are they shiny brass or have beveled glass on them that always looks dirty? Can you paint them or bust out the glass to update them. Lighting is like jewelry to your home, the final sparkling touch. Take a look at your lighting, it may be time to time to replace some of your fixtures.

We have great ideas and great designers at First Fruit to help you with your home. We love to see photos of your rooms to help you make your home beautiful. We can help with fabric and paint selections, window and bedding selections, furniture and accessories, and everything else that will make your home amazing.

Come see us with all of your design needs. Our designers even make house calls. Call to book an appointment with one of our staff designers, you won’t be disappointed. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy decorating,


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