Isn’t it great fun to learn a bit about what’s new in decorating? Each year new color and design trends abound, and most of my clients are curious as to where these new ideas actually originate. Did you know that most of our home furnishing design trends actually follow design trends in the woman’s fashion industry? So what you see walking down the red carpet today, might actually be translated into one of the hottest design trends of tomorrow!
SIMPLE, CLEAN LINES ABOUND!
Typically, we see a bit more of a traditional design style when we talk about a transitional design. Today, this transitional design style tends to have a more modern contemporary influence rather than traditional. Look for cleaner, straighter lines in upholstered and occasional furniture style. We also see a trend to smaller scaled furniture styles. And many of today’s new occasional tables tend to feature straight rather than curved lines.
TEXTURE CONTINUES TO TAKE CENTER STAGE!
Whether you chose to display your love of texture in your upholstery – leather, ultra suede, or micro fiber, or in your wall art, with dramatic wrought iron designs, texture continues to add drama to any décor. Area rugs in various styles, shapes and designs, help add visual interest to hard-wood or tile floors. And draperies deliciously designed with silks, and embroidered patterns continue to be all the rage.
Brass or silver toned nail head trim instantly adds drama when outlining the wood frames of many of today’s furniture pieces. Appliqués, embossing, leather piping, beaded fringe, and dramatic tassels and tiebacks continue their everlasting popularity.
PAISLEY PRINTS PIZZAZZ!
We’ve seen years when the trends have gone from large dramatic florals, to small geometric designs. One of the hottest print styles for the coming years will be paisley designs. This beautifully ornate pattern was commonly used for 19th century shawls manufactured in the town of
Scotland. And the Scots got the idea from Kashmir shawls made in
India around the 1800’s. Filled with a myriad of gorgeous colors, paisley designs add excitement and pizzazz to any décor.
GREY – THE NEW BEIGE!
When it comes to color trends, we’ll be seeing a more glamorous and dramatic color palette this year. Grey is definitely the new beige, and purple continues to be a hot accent color!
Designers have layered window treatment for centuries. And, now that same luxurious feel is moving from windows to floors! Area rugs abound in colors, shapes, styles and textures. And one of the hottest trends today is to layer your floor –not with just one area rug – but two or three! Area rugs placed over carpeting not only adds instantaneous visual interest, but can help give a tired carpet a fresh new look!