Thursday, January 26, 2012

Head Over Heels for Peacocks

I’m just loving the re-emergence of peacocks as a design element.  They’re the definition of “glamorous” in the animal world, with their showy crowns and tails and their deep, jewel toned color palette. They’re at once modern and retro—evoking a classic Hollywood Regency, 1960s vibe, yet so fresh because they’re been absent as a design trend for so many years.

There are so many ways to interpret this trend in your own home. If you prefer to incorporate peacock motifs literally, there is an abundance of options ranging from this stunning duvet set from Dwell Studio…

…to this amazing golden peacock statue just posted in our shop!

We’re also offering this chic ceramic set of 1960s peacocks by California Originals:

Wouldn't they be amazing on a mantlepiece?

If peacocks themselves are too big of a leap for you, why not stick your toe in the water with some peacock feather motifs? Elegant with a slightly art deco feel, they’re  a great way to incorporate the trend without going overboard. I’m in love with this wallpaper from ferm-LIVING:

Yet another {more subtle} way to embrace this trend is through color. The vibrant greens, blues, turquoises, and purples that traditionally represent peacock feathers are classic color combinations that are easy on the eyes and trend-resistant.  I adore this peacock blue sofa surrounded by jewel-toned accent pieces in an old Apartment Therapy home tour:

And I can't get this stunning peacock blue chair - spotted over at Little Green Notebook - out of my head:

{Ironically, I believe that the bird in the fabric is a white parrot--NOT a peacock--but the piece is still perfect in my opinion!}

The common thread, in my mind, to all of these images is a glamorous retro elegance totally devoid of kitsch. Whether you wallpaper your home with images of the birds themselves, or simply add touches of color reminiscent of these showy creatures, this is one trend you won't be sorry for embracing.


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