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Trend Guide 2016: Organic Luxe

Ultra-layered, monochromatic spaces play up texture instead of colour.

One of the biggest trends for 2016 is perhaps the subtlest—no contrasting pops of colour, but a look that’s wholly monochromatic. Layers of texture and muted pattern create visual interest in a design that’s tactile and calming, with a light, soothing palette and soft tones. The bespoke, buy-local movement is rooted here, in quality pieces handcrafted from sustainable materials that purport fine craftsmanship and tell a story. And the materials vary: for the Organic Luxe look, it’s a mix of stone, ceramics, naturally dyed fabrics and handwoven knits.

Inspiring Space: Organic Luxe

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Calgary designer Amanda Hamilton layers a furry throw and soft pillows on a worn-in leather sofa (think Clooney factor: wrinkles add character) and wood furniture with equally obvious grain.

Key Pieces for Getting the Organic Luxe Look

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The Organic Luxe Paint Palette
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Mix of Monochrome Be it white, grey, dusty blue or blush pink, pick one colour and work in its tints and shades. Here: Benjamin Moore’s Luxe and Behr’s Mauve Melody.

What the Pros Have to Say

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“The use of textures, whether in textiles or architecture, adds depth, interest and a more ‘luxe’ quality to our simple, modernist spaces. I think our simplistic spaces are hungry for contrast and richness.” —Stephanie Brown, Stephanie Brown Inc.


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