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.
*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.