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Tobi Fairley

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18. How to Use Trends

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How to Use Trends

How many people feel like you incorporate trends into your home? No, do you want tio? We have some over here so that that's a perfect division this side of the room is no trips this side of the room is trends? Is it because you don't like them? You don't think they're good bye or you just just not? There hasn't been a headache count this'll, you know, decorating for different holidays, maybe I would even in particular potentially color d's twenty your colors for your holiday decor or is it traditional red and green? Um, I used more traditional colors, but not a lot of red because I have an orange house more so red. Yeah, so so maybe bring some seasonal trends in, well, that's, perfectly fine there's all kinds of opportunities to bring trends and if you want to now again, I'm not suggesting that you have tohave trends, trendy things in your house or a lot of times just by for those classic traditionalists that some of us are. You're going to be on trans sometimes because you're committe...

d to the things that you have, and so they'll cycle in and out so depends on any given time like I was earlier leading to brass all the people that stuck with their brass because they loved it and it was classic you're just really ahead of the curve because it's coming back really strong right now so s o that's gonna happen periodically there are other people I think some of the styles we looked at maybe the style leased a which it makes sense that fashionista kind of glamorous style maybe is the one that embraces trends the most a certain certain styles and certain personalities certainly bring lease in more than others but let's talk about that's one of the questions I get asked most as a designer what the trendy everybody wants to know this even if they're not going to use it people want to know and a few years ago, with regard to color trends, the color institute pantone started coming out with the color of the year how many of you have heard that there's a color of the year so it's trickling all the way down to lay people? Not necessarily just designers that this year the color of the years called radiant orchid so interesting I don't know if that's really ah hit or a miss it seems a little far out there to me last year I think it was emerald emerald green which I think was maybe actually a year late on the trend because we saw a lot of green the year before but it's fun to watch it's kind of like spectating a sport it's exciting to keep up with it so again, people are always asking me what what's on tran what's on style uh in style for my interior. So let's talk about trends, whether we should bring trends in how to bring them in and against some guy behind some rules to remember. Now, one of the main things you want to remember his rules are made to be broken, right? One of the reasons that you have that you might want to break some trend rules is, as I was saying earlier, the trend life cycle is so short these days, so research shows that a trend life cycle now is eighteen to twenty four months. So think about that from a manufacturer standpoint, they can barely decide something's on trend manufacturer it, get it to the public, sell it to anyone, and beat the trend lifecycle before it's already cycling out again. I think this is one of the reasons why a little while ago saying nothing really goes out anymore and designed just like in fashion companies and consumers can't really afford for things to go out, because if we've invested in something, we can't buy an entire new house or an entire new order of every eighteen to twenty four months, right? So we just embrace things for longer, so it's interesting that that the research shows that they go out faster, but in it in the sense they don't go out at all because we just keep using things, and by the time that they've gone out, they may have already cycled back in again. He can't release still where that trend lifecycle stops and starts in many ways, so very fun to think about little exciting, maybe it's one of those things, like those of us who were aspiring to be artistic travellers, maybe we aspire to have a few trends in our home, and so we can look at what those might be and how we might confuse those in our house. So one of the things to before that I want to make sure I say before we move into these rules is the most important rule, and the most important rule of thumb and test litmus test is if you like it, you should buy it. So a lot of people don't buy things because I think they're going to go back out of style or they think everybody else has it, or they saw that their neighbor's house if you true, actually let's, I love it if you love it not just like it but if you truly love it you should buy it because if you truly love it and connect to it emotionally is probably something you're going to like for a long time and then you stop worrying about whether it's interact it's just that it becomes part of your personal design style so keep that in mind for sure but some other rules too remember be careful using too many trends all at one time so we've all seen spaces that air like this particularly people who you know there's people that love a lot of different things and so they have a hard time deciding which ones they want to bring into their house so they try a little bit of all of this sort of a smorgasbord or a buffet of trans and it gets a little bit again kind of that contrived a little bit forced a little bit um split personality what's happening and it's particularly if they're very juxtapose we were talking about this at the break of maybe even some retailers that we'll bring two trends in at the same percentage at one time and it confuses the consumer haddo outbreak it's not even the idea of maybe fifty percent this one in ten percent this when they were really equally promoted and it really confuses the consumer so we don't want to use them all at one time and we don't want to use them all in the same percentage. So going back to the same rules of thinking about our different personality types in her home trance convey the same way. Maybe you embrace sixty percent of a certain trend and then just a tiny accent and another does that make sense? So we're going to look at all kinds of trends, and I can give you a better example of that when we see some of the specific so we can talk a little more in depth about it, but being careful of using them all at the same time, I'm also be careful of just using them all in one room or several in one room. So you know how yesterday we were someone posed the question? Could I have one style in one room and another style in the next room and another style in the next room? And I said, you know, we want him to blend and we want him to flow together. But at the same time, a trend might be something that you could introduce in just a room. So maybe the whole house is tied together with that, say, a color palette or some other point of reference, but maybe you introduce chevron if that's your trend of choice are animal print. Just in a space or in a space or two and not necessarily bringing the trend into every room. I guess what I'm saying is maybe be careful of letting a trend to be the thing that ties your whole house together is going to feel like trend overload. Um, so not all in one room and maybe not in every single room and then using them with restraint and that's kind of what we were just saying, being careful to introduce too much of them, and I use it probably says so on another slide, but just in case it doesn't one of the rules of thumb that I use, even though trends are easy things to add in at a lower price point like maybe just some pillows, I usually, if I really love something, try to bring it into my home in the highest quality that I can afford. Like I said, yesterday is something I'm going to love long term, then let's invest in it. If it's something I don't even love that I don't love that much, I might not even by the least expensive version of it is just one that I decide I don't love it so much let's pass on this one let's not bring it into our house. So as I was just saying and thinking about investing in high quality, I'm so I think a lot of times this actually is the opposite approach for people with trans because they think it's trendy, I'm just going to buy the cheapest version so I can get rid of it soon, and that is one approach, and you could certainly do that, but I think a lot of times when you bring a more trendy item in in a less expensive piece, it looks trendy. For example, we see things like s so what are some of my favorite print trends? Animal prints are love leopard print when you see a really high quality leopard print like we even saw in some of those glamorous rooms, rooms that we were looking at yesterday, it doesn't look trendy, it all it's something that's timeless, but when you see it brought in in the kind of lowest common denominator, the cheapest version of it that's when it looks really trendy and it can really undermine your whole interior. So as opposed to thinking about trans is disposable really think about things that are trending that are popular right now but in general are a timeless item that you could invest in and really bring into your project and there's lots of things like that greek right now, greek key starburst mirrors quattro foil chevron leopard print there so many things that we could say, oh, that's a hot trend, but we could also look at every single one of those and find a very classic, timeless point of reference, greek key and in the freeze of a you know, two hundred year old building that has, you know, great historic reference is completely different from that. Being overused in small accessories are other inexpensive items, so we've said this many times, but think about finding the best you can can afford in small amounts, as opposed to the opposite, and then, if it's a color or a pattern, consider creative uses of this that are inexpensive. So this is where you balanced the budget it's, so painting a pattern stencil ing a pattern on the wall because paint is a very inexpensive way to bring a look to your house, as opposed to buying a physical item, so love using paint to embrace trends. Also, be careful embracing a trend that you don't care for because you think that you should how many of you have purchased something? Maybe not even in your home, but in fashion? Because it's, the end thing for this year that maybe was enough it for you? Does anybody recall doing? Then I see a couple of heads nodding. So I see people that will embrace myself included, when I was younger, he would try to embrace something that was particularly in fashion was not right for your body type or, you know, just didn't make sense for you, but she tried it because everybody else was trying, and as we get older, we learned ok, so there's some things that are not for me that's the same in your interior. So, you know, making sure that you truly love it, not just your designer or someone else said you need toe have this in your home, and I think that a lot of times there are designers and decorators who encourage people to bring stuff in that air trendy when maybe it's not a fit for that particular client's design personality. Um, so if you're good instinct is that it's not good for you, then you need to say so on and then down on the flipside dealt not to something because you think that it's everywhere I have clients that say, you know what? I'm starting to see that fabric that we picked for the living room sofa show up in shelter magazines and it's everywhere and that's making me nervous that we shouldn't buy that, and then we always go back to do you love it? And if they say, well, you know I like it but I don't like it as much as some other things in my house then we said, well, let's look at something else that maybe is going to be a little more unique or not so overexposed but if they love it I don't care how many times we've seen it used I encourage them to still embrace it and I think about things like oh the trellis wallpaper that kelly wearstler design that's been everywhere and I love it it's in my office if a client truly loves that I encourage them to go ahead and embrace it even if they've seen it a lot of places but if they don't love it and they're getting tired of it, they know you get kind of that gut instincts a trust your into issued on these things but I think having the confidence and that's what a lot of the people in the last session that we're doing, those daring designs that we were admiring they don't care if people have that stuff or don't have that stuff they go with what feels like a fit for them and so I think that's a great rule of thumb for trends eso you'll never go wrong buying things you truly love how many of you know this about your personality that if you love it you don't tire of it like think about buying a car or a watch or other things there's certain personality types that always still want to get new things all the time and then there's some of us who will if we get what we truly love will keep it for a long time and we still love it and we appreciate it every day so no that about your own personality and use that as a little test when you're when you're asking yourself should I buy this or not? If it's something I truly love loss still love this in five years or ten years from now or is this something that I feel like it's just an impulse buy I love to use pinterest to keep myself from buying things too because it's almost like I've gotten to have the pleasure of having it if I'm pinning it and looking at it sometimes I can get it out of my system you know get get over the urge to buy it just by enjoying looking at photographs of it and not actually putting it on my own house. So what are your little tricks that you're going to use to keep you for making some of these impulse bus does anybody have a tip or a trick that they've used to really help them decide whether to make a decision in their home things like countertops and backsplash tile or things that a lot of people get worried about like there's some really cool backsplash tile patterns that you want to embrace, but you're afraid you'll tire of them have any of you tried something daring? And you're really glad that you did well? Do you have an example? Way did a backsplash in our old house, and it was a house I thought I would live in for the rest of my life, and I look at pictures of it now and I think, what was I thinking? We don't live there anymore, but I think had I stayed living there were really regret that it was actually an impulse, but and then sometimes I've had people have the opposite effect that they think, ok, well, I'm going to pick a room like my laundry room, not my kitchen, and I'm going to do something really fun, and they're even though it seems trendy, and they still love that five or ten years later because they took a re ask it to unique it's kind of the conversation piece sort of like your closet designs that you're talking about, that everybody comes in and that's their favorite things. So it's kind of funny guys both directions for sure, probably more conservative in general and less likely to take those I think so, yes, for sure, and would take them in much smaller doses or in the closet in the closet, yes, in the closet, for sure. But for those of you who are traditionalists is there any part of you I think assets already but remind me that wishes you could incorporate some things that are a little more daring yes but it's just confidence that's what it isthe it's just taking that risk and so you're asking you constantly ask yourself the question will tire of this is that all right well we'll get we'll get tired of it will it be dated will it get old or right right and I have a husband who does not like to spend any money at all so that's my that's why I shot at garage sales and even that needed no we have to sell it so um so I'm working with that into so I can't go out and buy wasteful things because he'll just say see see I told you right and a lot of people do have spouses either husbands or wives that are very frugal they don't like has been money that you know some of that's just fear to fear based too just like fear of color fear of spending money but also have many clients who quit night take a risk and buy something that's more trend forward or more bold they actually are surprised that they end up tiring of those things a lot less than the things that were really safe so I have people that go you know what I bought that red sofa and I thought I would be tired of it and it's still my favorite thing and I'm sick of everything beige in safe in my house like I look at it and I just think that's not what I really wanted a compromise to try to make it safe decision or something that would have longevity and they would have been better off really embracing not everything in their house but one or two key things where they really got excited about it. Yesterday he had a question to our moment I'm going to say I take the opposite approach I try and avoid them because I'm trying to create a backdrop that all the different trends can stand up against me when we talk about backsplashes, um, I picked out marble, you know, I wanted to go glass, but I'm like glass is going to be just as out as the thing, right? We see now that we hate from twenty to thirty years ago so that's a great approach because that you're saying that you get the bones of your house to be really, really classic and then you let the trends come in and other ways and I think that's true and and it doesn't even have to just be pillows that are inexpensive, it could even be a coffee table or it could be another piece that you brought in that was a little more exciting or had some wow and maybe fit a trend a certain time, but it's not necessarily connected to the structure of the house and you could always move it into a different room or pain and or do something different to it later on so I think that's good, I also think about that so when I'm thinking about buying something, I do this for I used to do this I had a retail story years ago, and when I would purchase something, I only purchased things that I like because I thought ultimately, if a client, if a hypothetical client doesn't come in and buy this, I own this it's mine it's going to have to go to my house or, you know, we're gonna sell it, you know, I a discount, but it's not going to work if I don't truly love, and I can't even sell it to anybody if I don't love it. And so I would think of several scenarios, like I would think of a client, I think, well, this might work for client your client being your client see, and usually if I had two or three options for who it might work for, it would fly out the door to somebody I didn't even know the first day it came into the store if I was buying something because I was saying, well, maybe somebody on some strange chance might happen to walk in my store and think I should have one of these, so, yeah, let's, take a couple of those, those things we could never get rid of because they're there just wasn't a plan for them in mind. Why do the same thing in my own house stuff? I'm buying something, I think a little bit trendy or a little bit daring, I think, ok, what are some scenarios down the road? I could do with this let's think about already planning for repurpose ing it or painting it or doing other things with it? Could it start out in the play, you know, in the living room, but in my next house it goes the play room or something like that, so I give myself some options, and it seems to me like it makes me not pinned myself, and the corner gives me confidence to go ahead and buy it, so that might be a trick that some of you use that if you're thinking came afraid of this, go ahead and give yourself some some leeway. Cem ideas for have this might evolve through your story and three year interiors, but if you truly want love it, usually you're not going to go wrong with it, so of course we have lots of pinterest boards on I'm gonna sit down and show you these, and we'll go through these what I think aa lot of the top trends for twenty fourteen r now I find these I get this information as a designer in many ways like you, I'm looking at shelter magazines, but I'm also going teo the top furniture market in the country in high point, I'm traveling outside of the country, I'm going to be going in a few weeks to italy and looking at what trends air happening there, so I'm traveling and other designers are traveling to paris and the the fabric show where we really staying on the front end of what's happening. Some of these, you're gonna already recognize and think you've started seeing these trickle into to your areas, and some of them are going to be really fresh to you, probably really new teeth, because the white trends are in that life cycle. A lot of times it takes trends to become almost obsolete or on the way out before you really see them in the mass market. So that's what's the cool thing about having a designer lead you through trends or using a designer if you really love to embrace the front end of a tran and get the most longevity out of it. Get in touch with the people that are staying on that pulse of what's happening so some of these air new and I want to hear what what you all think about uh particularly this first one which is a dark and muted and moody wall paint so tell me in your areas um are you seeing your wall color lighter still or is it do you see bright and bold colors on the wall because this is also kind of changes geographically um what's the typical paint colors that are happening in your area right now gray gray pretty light, isn't it? You know so and how do you feel like that's a newer trend are do you feel like that's been around for a little while in your area a little while so it's interesting. So from a designer's from my perspective gray has been on trend for probably going on about four years now maybe four maybe even five but a lot of people that I talked to that are in the public really think this is that gray and lighter walls or a nutrient particularly in my area where I live in arkansas people are just moving away from some of the darker wall colors until light or wall colors and it really throws people off when I now I'm saying ok, all of those dark and rich colors are and even a new version of them is coming back back in so here's an example of some of these colors that I'm seeing, and this I also think a lot of this, they're coming from europe, a lot of these trends. What is that about pictures? Very european? Izmit yeah, I don't know why I'm an accountant, aspects is that I think it's the simplicity, the editing, but but certainly a lot of these looks come from, and a lot of our fashion trends also come from european influences, but this is really interesting. What do you notice about anything that you notice about this picture? How about with regard to moldings or so there's? No contrast either, right? So a lot of times in the past, when we would see a dark color, we would see it with a large white moldings, and it was just on the wall, and so a lot of these rooms, we've seen this somewhere, uh, some of us have embraced lacquered walls and other things where you paint the moldings out to be the same color as the wall, but most of these rooms don't have a lot of contrast in the molding, so it's really embracing and committing one hundred percent to this dark movie room, and I'm also seeing them mixed with lots of bright, so a pop of pink a pop of orange pop of the yellow really bright color, so as opposed to white contrast ing with them, the contrast is coming in and brighter colors. This is very, very bold, it's very, very daring, so I think it would take the right kind of client that some of them can look pretty traditional. Two this one is a teal and almost even goes to hunter green, which to me feels very eighties, very jewell tone for doesn't view better classic traditionalists would you like this wall color? So no, but in the past, wouldn't you think that colors like this would fit a traditional a traditional style a few years ago? So that's what's interesting is sometimes things flip flop. So ten, fifteen years ago, a rich bread or burgundy room, particularly when it became everyone's dining room, not at all scary for a classic traditionalist, and now we're looking at something that's, equally strong and of that rich, dark value, and we're kind of saying now we've moved towards lighter wall color, so it will be interesting if eighteen to twenty four months from now. If this trend really comes on strong and it's trickling down to sort of the mass market, if if you then I'd love to come back and say how many of you have embraced one of these walls as a classic traditionalist? But they seem a little more urban to me in a sense where before these jewel tones were more classic a few years ago this one I love this room by miles, right? So this is the same idea in lacquer so we've seen this look for a little while that it's been around from a lacquer standpoint and so maybe twenty four months or so already that we were seeing bright colors and moody colors in a high gloss finish, I think we're still going to see some of these, but I think less high gloss and more of that matt chalky wall that we were just looking at in the two images before anybody in the room relate to this space you do and what do you like about it? Um I like the different colors like the orange with the tour coy's and then the green we'll get it just makes a very interesting but it's not like too distracting and what I think is important to achieve this look if you'll notice kind of what I was just saying about the other space other than the ceiling there's not a lot of contrast that the value of the orange and the value of the green and the value of the turquoise in the value of the navy are all in those dark and moody color so it's a completely different look if you have a bright or dark wall with white furniture or lighter furniture or big classic molding it's come it's a totally different approach the whole room doesn't then feel quite a cz movie it may be dramatic but not really these moody he sort of heat that is a lacquer or high gloss paint and that's what I was saying that high gloss paint has been around for a little while and I think it is is potentially a trend that we might see working its way out now again, I think this is a great time for me to say if you love it, I think you should still use it so there's lots of bin it on my block and posting lost lots of questions for people the way in which you all can go do this well on the selections are making for my own house which has been really fun for people the way in of a designer really designing her and him and so I put it out there about a week ago wallpaper or paint and I had a lot of people weigh in particularly making comments of oh, I don't think even though it's very you I don't think you should go lacquer paint because I think it's on its way out which is interesting to see and said I love this thought but I also love the idea that they may be right but if I have if I decide lacquer pain in my house if I love that I'll embrace it because I know it's something that I would be willing to live with for a long time so again bucking the trends if it's really if it for your personality I think is a good thing yes can you talk a bit more about how the couches and these scenes are very dark so they don't pop out from the wall anymore because I guess I'm still under the school of the opposite where you're contrasting it and so can you talk about how you decide so one of the things that I mentioned and I remember sally love this and ali a lot of people online lived in my color of course remember where I talked about the jewel box effect and we talked about taking a small room like a powder room or a little library and wrapping it all either in a lacquer paint or bold wall covering and it becomes this little kind of focal point this little jim that's almost like you did with your closets like this exciting a little moment what happens here is if you put a light color against this it would become the thing that you notice the most it would become the focal point so the idea of wrapping the room in a color really enhances the spice and almost um makes it cozier, so a lot of people would shy away from even doing this in a small space. A dark color in a small space is they think, it's going to make it smaller, but in many ways, you can't hide that a space is small, so why not what I call lean in lean into the fact that it's small and enhance the fact that it's this tiny little cozy room, that this isn't necessarily a small room, but I think that was the approach in the mood, and the feeling the motion that this person was trying to achieve is cozy and warm. And so the sofa, even though it's green against the blue wall, really just looks like an extension of the wall, it's adds dimension, but it's not there's, no contrast, so your eyes not drawn to it, so it depends on what your priorities are. So if you want to show off the couch, if you're really more of that glamorous, a fashionista and you want a white, you know, vinyl tested couch like we were talking about yesterday and you put it against a bold wall, the couch is going to screen, you're going to notice it, but if what you're really going for his dark, moody, cozy then you're not gonna want to draw that attention to the to this up, so they're just two different priorities and two different moods that we're thinking about is that helpful is yeah, it's only because couches I feel like they're usually the most expensive part of the room, you know, they're in the thousands and thousands was exactly that. R j d was saying, I've heard one should buy neutral materials fabrics for you, big ticket items on dh start with a neutral and then maybe you can change it, but I guess you to suppose that can be a very good rule of thumb in it can really help your budget, but I would argue that a rich green velvet in many ways can act like a neutral it's, a color from nature and think about how many different ways you could use a rich green so you could use it against a light cream all you could mix it with a floral fabric you khun take it with a navy lacquer so there's a lot of colors that in and of themselves, even though they are real colors, they're not beige can really act like a neutral in your house. Yes, just considering this space, what if you did it like this? And then you said I'm tired of that dark gray wall? Could you painted a light color? It was that case, everything gonna work. And that is what I mean. So think about this. Think if you decided to invest in this green velvet sofa, which I happen to really, really like, and you had it like this for five or six years, and you really started getting tired of it, and maybe you had embraced this lacquer wall high gloss wall, and you decided, ok, well, it's, just paint so that's, one of the least expensive things that can change in the in the room. So I'm going to come in and money painted a lighter colors to say you put a beige or creamy color on the wall. You could then bring in, depending on your style of floral or geometric and a pillow, and take this look very traditional are very cottage there's a million different ways you could go with it, or you could do something that was actually really modern, depending on the types of fabrics that you mixed with it, but you could easily lighten it up. So this is an extension of the wall, so you could think of the opposite way, too. So if you buy a neutral sofa tan sofa, you could get this exact same approach as the sociologist being in an extension of the wall by painting the walls all neutral. So you could still have a monochromatic room wrapping it all in neutrals, and then if you tired of that look, you go back and paint the wall color, so it goes both ways, so I think that's maybe what, as I was saying, envisioning some scenarios down the road, so you go ok? Well, I'm really kind of wanted to embrace the screen velvet sofa or this lacquer wall, what happens when I don't want it the way it is right now and go ahead and give yourself some examples of other styles, another the other looks that you could do that she is that in your water and don't you go ok, I'm going to buy this blue a shirt and it will go with my genes it'll go with my black pants will go with my white pants and look great under that white leather jacket you know you go through scenarios of to decide if it's a good purchase, you can do that exact same thing with your home, particularly when and bracing something that fills trendy and give yourself the confidence to go. It works in all these scenarios, okay? I'm I'm sold, I'm going to make a purchase, those were great questions, I love this how many of you like this idea of a dark movie wall sadie said it's kind of you're already coming around to it a little bit because at first I think both of you were kind of like I don't know andi I like the idea of maybe just one wall particular really dark gray one with the great couch think access that a lot of really great but I was picturing the rest of the room being quite bright I think I think you have walls like that I think you'd find it very depressing and they have a picture in here I'll look into it see if not it's on a different picture of sport of mind that we can people can I suppose with the white ceiling there that sort of accent you do have the brightness there the wood floor how many people could embrace black walls? That's a black well yeah, right off the bat three people that's for that's daring I would have suspected that a lot of people would say no and absolutely not a lot of dark rooms and I think I find now that I know I have an artistic travel off that when you have sort of interesting exotic things and older things I do pop really nicely against dunk I think so in almost the same sense that they would against a light wallet was about contrast maybe free or or lack of it just depends on what your goal is so yes, and all the doors in the hallway were painted black. It looks so stunning, I'd love to do that, so I love to rap on entire home in neutral, but paint every single door, not the molding, but they the casing stays the color of the wall, but the door becomes an accident he's either in black or dark charcoal. Oh, really, really fun, and it just enhances those pieces. It makes them architecturally interesting. So here's, another room that I think it's black, it looks like it's black or either very dark gray or green, very dramatic, isn't it? And I love what they've done with color here, so this probably if we were looking stylized, would fit maybe the artistic traveler with some urban maybe those two styles a little bit glamorous as well because of the contrast, but I love that they kept the color palette really simple, so almost the entire space is wrapped in black and white, and they're having color and flowers and an artwork, but they're not really bringing a lot of color into the other elements in the space that really, really beautiful. So watch for darker wall colors to start trending back in the same way we said traditional and I think that's one of these mudslides, traditional design is starting to trend back something that was very traditional which was a dark wall paint I think we're going to be seeing much more of because we've been in a very light period for quite some time now I would say six or eight years at the very least for most of us embracing very light remember ten or fifteen years ago when you're thinking of a paint dick I was almost the bottom in value ah and then the last five or six years literally almost white almost the very top of the paint chart so that's showing you uh the change in the trends for color so let's look at thank you okay, so this is an actual color combination and this is interesting. I brought this one sally when we were in our color courses well but sometimes you see actual color combinations as a trend from the first time I really remember this happening was probably ten years ago is anybody? Of course we remember this from the eighties and but in recent times remember what? What color combinations do you remember seeing in the eighties? Anybody remember wedgwood blew in peach I was going to say that I'm thinking my mom and blue yes. And then about ten years ago we saw chocolate brown and blue payable powder blue or aqua which in recent times that was one of the color trends of that first started seeing and then we saw a lot of orange in aqua so I even had a room that it was probably in some of these slots. It was in traditional home for five years ago, and that was a really hot trend. So now we actually see combinations pink and navy. We've seen that's a very pretty looking one of the ones that I noticed recently, um, at the furniture market and in a lot of magazine shelter magazines. Was this what I would call jay that it's kind of a mint green or a spearmint green with shades of purple? So let's, take a look at what those look like on our pinterest boards thiss toby, while you're looking that karen v has been saying she joined us for up for the last course, and she asked toby what her opinion was about painting her powder room of very, very dark purple color and she want to just let you know that she did it to use benjamin moore's high gloss, she painted the ceiling, the walls, the door trim in the high gloss, dark purple, and then she did a large stents or in the same color in the matter. And she says, it's absolutely gorgeous, fabulous. Karen, if you can post a picture of that on our facebook page, we'd love to see I would love to see that.

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Ratings and Reviews

Amy Cantrell

I was happy to get this class on sale at a time when I needed it. We were painting and replacing some furniture so it helped me get some clarity on what is most important to me. As a photographer I can appreciate most styles and colors so the class helped me hone in on what my design personality is (eclectic mostly) which helped me focus on things to inspire me.

LIndsey Connell

What a generous offering. I got so much out of this course. Sure, some of the style references are a little out-moded, but it's incredibly thorough. Tobi is so knowledgeable about all of the styles and is gifted at helping students ensure style and functionality. Dive in! You'll learn so much about your own style and how to make your home flow in a way that you love.

a Creativelive Student

Clear, informative and inspiring!

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