Every year there are new trends in home decor and with today’s uncertain economy, this year’s trends are a little more subtle. Unlike previous years, accessories are less showy, opulent and more organic and down to earth with beautiful handiwork, natural textures and colors. A simple but inexpensive trend is throw pillows with natural elements such as raffia, shells and wooden beads sewn on or pillows and throws with a repeated botanical theme or large leaf patterns. After being out of style for well over ten years, wallpaper is gradually coming back into style this year but not with stripes or garish patterns. Instead, wallpapers new look is very big patterns, bold scenes or abstract wall murals such as a country scene that are not overpowering but make a statement. This year, gold touches are trendy with accessories such as a rim of gold leaf on a vase or glass bowl in style and silver out.
People are more environmentally aware than ever before and are choosing design elements such as bamboo because it grows approximately two feet daily so is a renewable resource. Instead of wood flooring, many homeowners are selecting beautiful, highly durable bamboo flooring. Bamboo furniture such as chairs, tables, sofas and accessories including bamboo picture frames, vases, bowls and kitchenware continue to be a popular new trend. Materials that mimic the natural elements of nature, such as bamboo and wood are very fashionable and continue to increase in popularity. You can find these designs on everything from lampshades to rugs, window shades and other accessories.
Cozy comfort is another new home-decorating trend this year with more colorful, vibrant rooms featuring over-stuffed, upholstered furniture such as second hand sofas, chairs and antiques found at estate sales, flea markets, secondhand furniture stores and even garage sales. Homeowners can create comfortable, relaxing rooms without giving up beauty or elegance. Room divider screens that are functional, beautiful and decorative are coming back into style. Part of their new popularity is that they make lovely home accent pieces of furniture, are often used in studio apartments or one-room workspaces to give people the sense of a divided or separate room and define living spaces. Anything handcrafted or homemade is in style and many creative, arty people have come up with other uses for room dividers such as headboards.
When it comes to color and new trends in home decorating and choosing colors for patio furniture cushions or patio umbrellas, there are several color trends emerging such as warm colors including oranges and browns. After quite a few years of not being popular when it came to home decorating, these colors are now resurfacing along with green, navy and deep teal hues. Other popular new trend colors that are becoming more common for patio umbrellas are mineral-like tones such as blacks and light and dark grays. The days of boring eggshell and white walls are gone for now and replaced with beautiful, bold colors including light green, mocha, and brick red walls.