Jan 10, 2014

The Top Trends

Are you already pining for warm spring breezes so you can get your hands dirty in the garden? Are you anxious to get started on that home improvement list that you've been putting off all winter? Join the crowd at this year’s Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show January 17-19 and get a head start on the biggest trends in d├ęcor, design and landscaping. Soon you’ll be seeing more color than just the winter blues.

Color Coordinating

If you’re ready for an easy change in your home without the cost and commitment of a major renovation, look to Pantone. Known worldwide as the standard language for color communication, the company recently released their favorite color pick for 2014 - Radiant Orchid. Pantone touts the purple hue as “a vibrant color [that] is sure to liven up neutrals.” For everyone from first-time homebuyers and decorators to renovating pros, Radiant Orchid may just be the color that can reenergize even the most tired color palette.

“My clients are asking for a lot more color,” said Denise Smith, C.I.D., owner of at Decorating Den Interiorsin Norman and vendor at the 2014 Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show. “From large painted rooms to smaller accessories and accents pieces, color is becoming more popular.”

Smith thinks Radiant Orchid is a good choice for the year’s feature color. “While Pantone’s 2013 color Emerald Green was gorgeous, it just didn't take off and become something that people incorporated into their homes. I think this year’s color is bold without being overwhelming and will be pretty almost anywhere you use it.”

Garden Variety
Planting season may be a few months away, but you can get an early start by touring the feature gardens at the Show. TLC Garden Center will focus on helping visitors envision their Backyard Oasis by showcasing an outdoor kitchen, sitting areas, a firepit, hot tub and raised vegetable beds.

“The big ideas for this year are finding more ways to live outdoors, even if you just have a small yard,” TLC landscape designer Shaun Doering said. “Urban gardening is a growing trend, and we have some great ideas for growing flowers and plants as well as vegetables in a small space.”

Tony Mussatto, owner of Tony’s Tree Plantation, is also noticing that clients want to spend more of their time living and playing outdoors. Their Ultimate Backyard will feature a basketball court, putting green, outdoor kitchen, natural log structures, a fire pit and unique water features. But don’t get overwhelmed by all the options, Tony warns.

“Most clients know what they want. They just do not know where to start,” Tony said. “Any design is doable, and we have a plan to make our clients’ dreams come true while staying on budget.”

While spring may still be several weeks away, visiting the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show is a good way to get a jump on updating your home and refreshing your gardens. Purchase your tickets now and help Jack Frost pack his bags a little early this year.