Decor trends take shape

April 26, 1992|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Staff Writer

Painted finishes and trompe l'oeil are big news at this year's Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House, but there are a number of other recurrent notes in the rooms. While each designer gave the objects or treatments an individual imaginative twist, there were clearly some trends at work.

Among them:

*Sisal rugs: Used in formal and informal settings, sometimes painted, sometimes plain.

*"Aged" metal and wire objects: "Ancient" metal objects ranged from mirrors to chandeliers to shelves.

*Neoclassical touches: Biedermeier-style furniture shows up in bedroom and living room; obelisks, gilt are prominent.

*Valances and pelmets: Also used in both formal and informal treatments, often accented by "tassels" made of wood or cast resin.

*Candleshades: Bare candles are out; "candle-follower" shades are everywhere.

*"Found" florals: Gold-sprayed evergreen branches are used as topiary; dried pods and moss-covered balls in arrangements.

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