With 2006 behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to what the new year will bring. For me, the New Year is not just about making resolutions; it’s about keeping the design up to date with the very latest trends. Read on to find out what will be popular in 2007.
A few key color trends are emerging that mark significant deviations from what was popular in the recent past. Browns, oranges and other warm colors resurface after a long period of absence in interior design. You can also expect to see grays, blacks, and other darker, more mineral tones. Deep hues of teal, navy and green are also making a comeback and providing 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, will be very popular. Earth-inspired fabric collections that are designed to mimic the feel of woven woods are increasingly seen in everything from blinds and rugs to lamp shades and other accessories, reflecting this trend.
Cozy Cottage design style
Even the most metropolitan homes incorporate more charm and comfort into their interior design. This reflects what is known as the casual or chalet design style, which is making a comeback. Characterized by mixed and matched design accessories, light, airy and informal decor, this re-emerging design style adds a vacation feel to any living space. Sheer blinds and soft draperies will be seen in more homes as a way to maintain a light and carefree atmosphere.
Be a creature of comfort
For those of you who have always opted for comfort over style: you’ve got something. This year, a comfortable living space is a stylish living space. Your home environment should encourage relaxation and be a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Rigid and formal salons 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 general trends of the season. Simple shades, such as roller shades or flat panel Roman shades, took over. Shades of textured fabrics, like suede and cotton, are especially popular this year.
Your window treatments may also reflect the comfort-focused trend that is so stylish now: you can use them to control visibility, and increasingly popular motorized shades let you control visibility with the flick of a switch. Of course, energy efficient blinds can save you energy, which will always be in fashion.
Good news for DIY enthusiasts
Anything homemade or handcrafted is in it! From handmade blankets and pillows to craft projects like picture frames and other accessories, the project ideas inspired by this trend are endless. And they will add a personal touch to your home.
Another great theme for 2007 is home design with an ethnic flavor. So don’t be afraid to venture outside of what you currently have. Complement your decor with furniture inspired by the styles and culture of other countries. Are you not ready to make a drastic change? Home decor accessories like lamps, pillows, and rugs provide ways to infuse your home with smaller cultural tastes.
It is clear that 2007 promises to be an exciting year in the design of the house. These tips will help you welcome the New Year in style, whether you are planning a decorative remodel or just a few small updates to refresh the look of your home.