At the start of every New Year, Design magazines and bloggers love to discuss Design Trends. The one good thing about Design trends is that they have a longer life span (8-10 years) than fashion trends (1-2 years). However, depending on what part of the country you live in will dictate if a particular trend is still “in” or “out”. New York City will most likely have moved on from a trend before say Cleveland (nothing against Cleveland, just saying).
I have read all the reports and to save you some time, here is a partial summary of what’s “hot”…(or not)… for 2012.
Color trends: Brown is out, Gray is in. Bright clean colors have replaced muddy earth tones, and Pantone’s Tangerine Tango has replaced the 2011 color Honeysuckle Pink (which replaced 2010 Turquoise).
Furniture and Accessory trends : Chevron patterns, Moroccan influence, Ikat, Gourd lamps, Nail head trim, Sunburst mirrors, Geometric prints, Lanterns, Greek Key Motifs, Painted furniture, Repurposed Yard Sale Finds, Maps, Animal prints (esp. Leopard), Coral, Faux bois, Acrylic/lucite, Eco-Friendly design.
Art trends: Oversized Photography, Horses, Silhouettes, and Gallery Walls.
My friend Kristie the Decorologist wrote a great post about Elle Decor’s 2012 Trend Report that you can read here which generated a TON of comments. The thing about trends is that by the time most of us get on board with them they are almost “over”. So what is someone on a limited budget to do? We want our home to look current but don’t want it to look “trendy” or even worse, dated in a few years. My advice is to either buy what you love and forget about trends all together or invest in a few trendy accessories such as pillows or decorative items and then swap them out in a few years when the “trend” is over.
There are 2 trends though which I believe are here to stay. Both have been building in momentum and I would say it is now a huge movement with no turning back. I don’t have a single friend or client who isn’t on board with this first trend.
LIVING WITH LESS
In my opinion the allure of the affordable “made in China” home decor is over. We are all decluttering, organizing and talking of downsizing. We are striving to live simpler, happier and healthier lives and it is nearly impossible to do that surrounded by excess decorative “stuff”. Americans are waking up to the power of living with less, buying quality over quantity and buying “American Made”. Sorry Homegoods, Walmart and Pier One but your days might be limited.
and the second one is GREEN DESIGN
I have seen a huge change in attitude even from a few years ago concerning going “green”. Almost ALL my clients today insist on low or no VOC paint where just 3 years ago they went for price first and environment and air quality second. I read that Whole Foods had their best year yet and we all know how pricey Whole Foods is. People are concerned now like never before about their health, their families health and the Planets health. Recycled, and re-purposed furniture and accessories continues to grow in popularity year after year. Main stream stores like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel and Restoration Hardware are all pushing sustainable and recycled items.
I think the best thing about living with less and Green design is that it seems to have created a renewed interest and energy around decorating and design. Home owners are taking charge of their home, asking the right questions and living in a more authentic and sustainable way. The popularity of D.I.Y. blogs, design TV shows and readily available “designer” items on the internet has opened design to everyone. The old way of decorating is changing and I believe it is all for the good.
What do you think? Do you agree with my 2 design trend Predictions or do you think in 2020 we will be tired of living with less and dream of the excess of the past.
If you would like some help putting your decorating vision together or help choosing the perfect paint color to complete your room, give me a call.