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Tips & Trends Retro lights the way
Design for 2018 Here are a few design elements you’ll probably see more of this year. In the Midwest, by the time a trend is well on its way, or even fizzling out on the east or west coast, it’s just getting going here. We get to see how things are really going to be received and we can avoid things that are just a fast fad. Here’s what might have some teeth for 2018.
Vintage lighting has been making a comeback for awhile, and this year it continues. Fixtures like aged copper pendant lights and incandescent bulb styles are lighting the way.
Wood on walls. When you think of wood on walls,
The return of color. Bright colors (like red and yellow) are making a comeback and florals are feeling a resurgence too. It’s a happy place. Contrasting colors in a room (colors from opposite sides of the color wheel) allow colors to stand out more than ones that are all warm or all cool. Rough and real. Brick and stone continue to be popular and cement is moving in. Cement counters in the kitchen have been a newer trend, but designers are moving it into other areas of the house as well. Look for it on floors and other structural elements.
Gnarly yogurt Greek yogurt continues to be all the rage, and Siouxlander Sara Gotch is making it even better with her business Gnarly Pepper. She’s been selling her large flavor pouches for awhile but had many requests for smaller packets. These mini packets mix great with the 5.3 oz individual cups of plain greek yogurt. The mix transforms plain yogurt into delicious dips and spreads that are a healthier option. All three flavors combined mimic a ranch flavor. Great for on the go, no measuring, and no mess. Larger pouches are still available. Go to gnarlypepper.com for store locations and to shop online.
Being Better in Siouxland magazine / Winter 2018
Aged lights By Mr.Weerayut Chaiwanna, Clear lights By MONGKHON SUTTHIWET, and bedroom By Gaf_Lila/Shutterstock.com;
banish the idea of the paneling from the 1970s. Now it’s plank style, called shiplap. Traditional shiplap has a rabbet (or groove) cut into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together snugly, forming a tight seal.