With 2006 behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to what the New Year will bring. For me, the New Year isn’t just about making resolutions; it’s about keeping design current with the very latest trends. Read on to find out what’s going to be popular in 2007.
A few key color trends are emerging that mark some significant departures from what has been popular in the recent past. Browns, oranges, and other warm colors are resurfacing after a long period of absence in home decorating. You can also plan to see greys, blacks, and other darker, more mineral-like tones. Deep hues of teal, navy, and green are also making a comeback and offer a fresh, new look for homes everywhere.
Mother Nature, Interior Designer
Anything that reflects elements of nature, such as wood, bamboo, and other “earthy” textures is going to be very popular. Earth-inspired fabric collections that are designed to mimic the feel of woven woods are seen more and more in everything from window shades to rugs to lampshades and other accessories, reflecting this trend.
The Cozy Cottage Design Style
Even the most metropolitan of homes are incorporating more charm and comfort into their interior design. This reflects what is called the casual, or cottage designing style, which is making a comeback. Characterized by mixed-and-matched design accessories, light, airy, and informal décor, this re-emerging design style adds a vacation feel to any living space. Sheer window shadings, and soft draperies are going to be seen in more homes as a way of maintaining a light, carefree atmosphere.
Be a Creature of Comfort
For those of you who have always opted for comfort over style: you’re on to something. This year, a comfortable living area is a stylish living area. Your home environment should encourage relaxation and be a haven from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Stiff, formal sitting rooms are out.
Shades of 2007
I couldn’t write this article without talking about the exciting new trends in window treatments, many of which follow the overall trends of the season. Simple shades, like roller shades or flat-panel Roman shades, have taken over. Shades in textural fabrics, like suede and cotton are especially popular this year.
Your window treatments can also reflect the comfort-focused trend that is so stylish now: you can use them to control visibility, and the increasingly popular motorized shades allow you to control visibility with the simple flip of a switch. Of course, energy-efficient shades can save you energy, which will always be in style.
Good News for Do-it-Yourselfers
Anything homemade or handcrafted is in! From handmade blankets and pillows to craft projects like picture frames and other accessories, the project ideas that this trend inspires are endless. And they will add a personal touch to your home.
Another big theme for 2007 is home design with an ethnic flavor. So don’t be afraid to venture outside of what you currently have. Spruce up your décor with furniture inspired by the styles and culture of other countries. Not ready to make a drastic change? Home décor accessories like lamps, pillows and rugs offer ways to infuse your home with smaller tastes of culture.
It’s clear that 2007 promises to be an exciting year in home design. These tips will help you welcome the new year with style, whether you’re planning a decorating makeover or just some small updates to refresh your home’s look.