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Trend Guide 2016: Modern Drama

Get ready for richer interior designs full of fearless colour and pattern play.

While light, neutral palettes will always be classics in home design, this look is a reaction—nay, an intervention—of bold colour, richness and warmth. In place of ethereal pastels come heavily saturated darks in deep plum, inky navies, emerald greens and warm Dijons. Furniture favours the sumptuous, with velvets in high rotation and ’80s-inspired materials like metal and Lucite (designer Jonathan Adler’s go-to). Design styles are mixed as much as colour in the home, and graphic patterned tile replaces the understated. Black is also big in this space, either as an accent or a balancing neutral to bolder brights.

Inspiring Space: Modern Drama


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Photo: Bookstrucker Photography

“You’ll see more patterning on walls, whether it be a painted finish or wallpaper,” says Calgary designer Kevin Mitchell. This room—designed by Alykhan Velji—picks up the trend with black lion wallpaper, throw pillows and a fabulously fuschia heirloom rug.

Key Pieces to Get the Modern Drama Look

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The Modern Drama Paint Palette

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Saturated Brights Look for rich jewel tones—emphasis on the curry-esque Dijons—and don’t be afraid to go pink. Here: Behr’s Pagoda, Emperor’s Silk and Citronne.

What the Pros Have to Say


“Furniture manufacturers are offering up some creative pieces that make a statement, but it doesn’t mean that every piece in your home needs to make one. Pick and choose the right ones that will be bold, and let the other pieces help to make them shine.”—Alykhan Velji, Alykhan Velji Designs



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