What to Buy & Consign for Your Home in 2018
With a new year comes many changes, but when you return from holidaying with relatives, finish packing up your decorations and settle back into your old routine, being at home can feel just like that — routine. If you’re uninspired or finding it hard to unwind, there’s no question that your space is due for an update.
While trends come and go, the latest de rigeur decor is easier to adopt than you might imagine. Maximalism has emerged as a counter to the pared-down minimalism that’s ruled the design world for the past few years. An excess of pattern, color and texture creates an over-the-top, lived-in look, and luckily the act of mixing and matching affords you the freedom to experiment without compromising your preferred aesthetic. Read on for Associate Art & Home Merchandise Manager Christina Capela’s tips on what to consign and leave behind in 2017, and how to make your space a jewel box so comfortable you’ll never want to leave.
Say Goodbye To Mid-Century Minimalism & Embrace The Eclectic
While the allure of mid-century modern will likely never fade, 2018 is about taking a break from the streamlined style. “Consider swapping out sleek and minimal for cozy and comfy,” advises Capela. “Right now is a great time to consign modernist lighting, curved furniture and Danish design. Trade these pieces out for something more opulent while Scandinavian pieces are still in demand.”
Once you’ve eliminated the more minimal pieces from your home, don’t be afraid to embrace the “more is more” mantra. “Maximalism is all about drama,” notes Capela. “Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and invest in statement pieces like sconces, lounge chairs and rugs that evoke a European sensibility. They add so much texture to the space and you’ll be surprised how versatile they truly are.” Victoriana, Chinoiserie and pieces that suggest you spent hours combing flea markets and antique stores for the best vintage finds are key.
Opt For Opulence With Luxe Jewel Tones And Texture
Color and texture can make or break a space, so when you’re sorting through pieces to part with, hone in on the hues that no longer feel fresh. While pink seemed to extend its reach farther and wider than ever before in 2017, it’s begun to reach its saturation point. “Exchange ‘millennial pink’ and neutrals for accent pieces in richer colors and textures,” says Capela. “Shearling is perfect for the winter months, but it should definitely be on your consign list for 2018.”
When you’re shopping for pieces that will stimulate the senses, go for pieces in ponyhair and velvet that are luxe to the touch and will make your space feel like a well-traveled collector’s den. “Velvet adds a rich feel,” says Capela. “The eggplant hue on these Ligne Roset chairs, for example, is gorgeous, making it easy to incorporate jewel tones into your home.”
Complement Pantone’s official color of 2018 — Ultra Violet — with rich burgundies, teals and emerald greens. “Crimson is still an important color for 2018 and the stunning Fendi ottoman we currently have is a brilliant way to add it to your decor,” adds Capela. “It’s a timeless and utilitarian shape in an unexpected color and material.”
Upgrade Your Fine Dining Statement Pieces
The tabletop is always an exciting stage for enhancing the elegance of your home, but this year, take a different approach to updating the design elements of your dining room. “Part of embracing maximalism is also about reimagining the traditional, but mixed metals and ornate flatware are things you can say goodbye to for 2018,” notes Capela. “Buccellati silver is always in demand and garners a high resale value, so you’ll never regret consigning it.”
The best way to polish off your formal dining area? Think big. “Swap your dining table for something new,” says Capela. “It will define your space in a whole new way and act as a foundation that you can build upon for years to come. Accent it with sculptural chairs that are executed in expertly-worked materials like tooled leather and iron for that opulent touch.” And while the tabletop doesn’t necessarily need to be the star of the show, don’t forget about maximizing the potential of color. “Rainbow drinkware is an easy way to add whimsy to even the most casual of parties,” says Capela.
Get Graphic With Contemporary Conversation-Starters
Many people tend to gravitate towards established artists when looking to update their space, but if you’re sitting on prints and originals by well-known artists, selling is a smart move. “Now is an excellent time to consign prints from modern masters including Miró, Picasso and Braque,” notes Capela. “Abstract, expressive and gestural paintings are always going to earn you a high commission, so you should trade them in for prints and graphic works that will only go up in value later.”