Friday, January 11, 2008

Interior Design Trends – Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

2007 (or general) Design Trends on their way out:

- Painting your trim (baseboard/crown molding) a color darker than your – Crisp, clean white is back.

Formal Living rooms

It’s still all about the family room and lots of existing “formal” living rooms are being converted to game rooms, family spaces or home offices

Big bold patterned wallpaper

Wallpaper is still hot, it’s just more subtle color ways that are softer and tone on tone rather than big, bold and bright.

Aqua and chocolate brown

Not sure this combo will ever go away 100% but people are looking to other color schemes to create a fresh, new look.

Collections or Collecting (anything!)

We are all wanting to live with less so the big trend now is to UNCLUTTER!!!!

2008 New Design Trends (or current trends that will be sticking around)

The Eclectic Mix

Combining different styles/eras/types of furniture to create your own personal style – no more of what I call “matchy-matchy” interiors or furniture bought in sets…it’s all in how you mix it!

Color is back!

Color is back in a big way and leading the pack is bright yellow! It looks new when it’s paired with a soft gray or white or black. It can also be incorporated in accessories for those low commitment color types!

Multifunctional rooms

Whether people are downsizing or wanting to spend more time with each other…rooms these days are called upon to serve more than one purpose – kitchen/ office, living room/office and so on…it’s making people get creative with how they layout their spaces.

Sheer textiles

Gone are the days where you hung a simple polyester sheer panel on your windows, sheers now are chic and fabulous in colors, laser cut mod patterns, or soft see through linen…it’s part of the notion to let the outdoors in – in a stylish way, and sheer fabrics are the best way to do it.

The “Green” movement

Green as in Eco-friendly…it was the buzzword of every business last year and the home furnishings was no exception. People are going to be more environmentally conscious from here on out, no if’s and’s or but’s. This isn’t a trend it’s a new lifestyle movement!