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From the Home Front: Decor trends making a comeback

Just like bell bottoms, off-the-shoulder tops and midi skirts, trends in home decor are cyclical. Whether the younger generation is seeing something for the first time while the rest of us are watching yet another resurgence, it can be fun to watch.

Here are just a few things that appear to be making a comeback:

• Rickrack: Country Living magazine notes in its April issue that the retro zigzag trim is enjoying a resurgence. The editors offer some crafty ways “to get ziggy with it.” It works on clothing, of course, but you can also use new or vintage trim to decorate lampshades, slipcovers, kitchen curtains and dish towels.

This isn’t the first rickrack comeback I have noticed through the years.

“I envision rickrack sewn on bed skirts and draperies. I see it replacing ribbon on a wrapped present, or cinching a wine bag. On throw pillows? Perfect. Scrapbook covers? Cute – and I’m not even a scrapbooker,” I wrote in a column in 2005.

• Skirted tables: I’ve always had a soft spot for skirted tables because, frankly, I love fabric. So I’m making it a comeback. You can see today’s versions of the old-fashioned skirted table on Calico also sells round and rectangular table bases, table skirts in a choice of fabric and trims, and glass toppers.

• Orange: Orange was a hot hue when I was growing up; my bedroom was hot pink and orange and accessorized with such groovy things as an orange plastic bird hung from the ceiling on a long spring. Boing, boing, boing. Today’s orange is more grown up. The Bed Bath & Beyond Spring catalog features a Mod Orange Contemporary Living Room. The setting includes the Rockwell chair in orange next to an off-white sectional sofa.

Shades of orange this season include papaya, coral and, as noted by Better Homes & Gardens, everything from pale Creamsicle to bold blood orange – all of which means it’s more versatile than ever. A tip from BHG: “Pair your pick with a texture that suits your style: Slick, shiny surfaces feel mod; heavy knits and rough or patterned surfaces more organic.”

• Hanging chairs: Whether designed for indoors or out, these open-weave chairs are getting some attention again. On its website, Serena & Lily describes its hanging rattan chair this way: ‘Inspired by a Scandinavian design from the ’60s, the sculptural frame is hand made of bent rattan with a scooped seat that cradles you as you float.” Pier 1 calls its Swingasan chair “hippy, happy and fun.”

• Houseplants: In January, I wrote that houseplants (and tropical prints) had landed on lists of home trends for 2017. Certainly succulents and terrariums have become popular but so, too, have large potted plants. Of course some people never got away from houseplants. But now I’m seeing articles on how to choose and decorate with plants of all types – and why to bother with them at all.

One big reason: “Plants relax a space and add life to a room, which is what we were after – bringing all these rooms to life,” one homeowner and houseplant lover told Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

And, yes, macramé plant hangers have returned, too.

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