Incorporating trends into your home

Hello Creativity Exchange friends!   I’m Amanda  from Amanda Carol Interiors and I am so excited to be a contributor here on The Creativity Exchange.  I hope these post will inspire you and instill  a passion to create  a home you love.

Today I want to talk about incorporating trends into your home without being too “trendy”.

3 Trends to Incorporate ACI



Wallpaper has been making a comeback for a few years now, but I still get clients that look at me sideways when I suggest wallpaper.  Im sure we have all either grown up with, or knew someone who had the hideous overly floral-grannie-fied wallpaper.  Or worse—the dreaded wallpaper border!  Well Im here to tell you- they’ve come a long way baby!

When I suggest wallpaper to clients today I suggest “a little goes a long way”.   Try it out in a small power bath, make a statement to your entry or what about that 5th wall- the ceiling.

Here are some excellent examples of wallpaper used to make an impact:

meredith heron entry Designer Meredith Heron 


Marjorie Johnson Interiors Marjorie Johnson Interiors 

Marcus Design

Marcus Design

Annsley Interiors Annsley Interiors


No, the 80’s haven’t called and asked for their brass back- because brass is back baby!  But this is not necessiarly the shiny, cheap brass toilet paper holders and shower door trims of old.  Today its more the warm classic brass and specifically the unlacquered brass that develops a patina over time.  I encourage my clients to mix their metals.  There is nothing wrong with having say brass pendants in your kitchen with a chrome faucet, brass cabinet hardware and stainless appliances.

amy meier Designer Amy Meier 

 And just like with wallpaper- a little goes a long way.

brass cranes Canadian House & Home


Start off small, incorporate a brass lamp in your living room, or try a small brass side table or better yet -go raid your mothers and grandmothers storage closet and pull out those brass candlesticks. I love sourcing unique brass pieces at local vintage shops, flea markets, Etsy and Ebay.  Even main stream retail stores are getting in on the brass love (Target, West Elm, etc..)

brass, wallpaer, lilac Designer Sara Richardson via



If you are an avid blog and Pinterest reader- then your pretty familiar with Pantones Color of the Year.  This year it happens to be Radiant Orchid- one of those colors you either love or hate.  But don’t shake your head and say “no way”, Im not painting my walls to look like Barney (again here I go with the 80’s references-can we all just admit that the 80’s were not our best years?).  What I love about incorporating Pantone’s colors is you do it in small doses.  Why not try a pillow or two in the bedroom or the sofa? Or even a kitchen breakfast nook?

radiant orchid pop of color Better Homes & Gardens

how about a throw or vase for the kitchen table in the color of the year?

Ana Antunes Designer Ana Antunes 

 Or go bold and add a fabulous piece of art!


radiant orchid art Source


or if its just too scary, how about nature’s nod to Pantone’s color- a fresh orchid! And don’t forget about last years color- Emerald Green.   Emerald is still going strong and I think is a much easier color for people to accept into their homes.  I also think that Indigo is hot right now and is everywhere.

orchid entry

Amanda Carol Interiors 


So what do you think?  Do you think you can embrace  any or all of these trends?  And I have to ask do any of you still have some 80’s wallpaper border in your home?  Because I am here to shamefully admit that– I DO!!!   Yes even designers have their dirty little secrets.