By Nikki MacCallum
The farmhouse style has been very popular for the last several years — this year it gets an update. It is now being called countryside chic, and it has a more sophisticated look, with European influences. Furniture used is a combination of antique and new to create some whimsy. Colours are soft and muted blues, greens and greys. Lots of botanical prints are used, especially in wallpaper!
In fabrics, I am seeing lots of interesting textures, like velvet and embroidery. Beautiful large floral prints, plaids, stripes, trellis pattern, in blues, tans, reds, coral, greens and yellow. Mixing patterns is very popular.
Sustainability has become increasingly important. As the desire to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle increases, people are more knowledgeable about the choices available and what to look for when buying home goods and furniture. Natural, sustainable materials, like wool, hemp and organic cotton, are good choices for your bedding, carpets, rugs, pillows and upholstery. When shopping for furniture, look for pieces that are made locally from locally sourced or reclaimed materials.
Along this theme, fiber art — macramé wall hangings, tapestries, wool wall hangings — are also popular this year. They add warmth and a back-to-nature feeling in your home. You don’t have to look far to find amazing fiber artists in your area — here is a link to some on Vancouver Island: www.gobc.ca/vancouver-island-and-gulf-islands-travel/fibre-art/.