Design Trend - Self-expression

Lois Butler - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Having absorbed the design lessons of HGTV and all our favourite decor magazines most homes are now decorated in a  fabulous neutral palette.  Walls have been painted some tone of beige, taupe or grey.  Large open bright spaces such as high ceiling condos have been painted white.  Let's not forget the dark brown leather or taupe sofa.  There has become a sameness in almost every home.  

Recently, clients have started looking for decor items to interject personality into that fabulous neutral palette to make their space feel unique.  Many people don't realize that when looking in design magazines that it's often the smaller accessories or artwork that make us like the decor. These things give the room a personality.  We are seeing SELF-EXPRESSION as the big next trend in decor.  

People are gravitating towards items that evoke an emotion.  Sometimes when a client asks me what is the purpose of an object I answer, "It makes me smile," and some days there is not a lot that does that.  So why not surround yourself with colour and objects that evoke positive feelings.  "Your home" should be just that - "your home" and not a museum.  Don't be afraid to interject some colour  and whimsy.  EXPRESS YOURSELF. 

This elephant cushion from Cobistyle is subdued in its colours but it adds a touch of whimsy. For a collector of elephants it is also a subtle way to add to a collection.

One-of-a-kind objects definitely help to give a room personality.  We have been lucky at Boutique Lois Butler to acquire the works of a talented Quebec artisan.  These one-of-a-kind designs have added a new dimension to our boutique.   "It's a wonderful thing", as we would say in Newfoundland.  Using recycled wood (sometimes new when needed), salvaged items, and fantastic finds from nature,  this artisan's creativity knows no bounds.  One-of-a-kind objects like this will certainly up the SELF-EXPRESSION factor of your home.  

This versatile grey box with its unique from nature handle will see you through the seasons.  Picture it filled for entertaining with jars of olives, hummus and bread sticks, etc.  Add foliage, silk or real, to reflect the season.  How amazing would it look as a centerpiece with fairy lights?  Just one item and you can be very creative in its use.  Remember, without creativity we will only have the mundane.