May 14, 2013
In recent years, the green movement, vintage furniture and ethnic themes in home design have all made their marks on how people furnish their homes. But consumers aren't looking for flash-in-the-pan decor. Long-lasting features such as hardwood flooring, including Anderson's Bryson II Plank, are what home decorators are making a priority.
"Interior design trends catch fire because they illustrate what's important today in terms of identity and values in broad strokes," home design consultant Cindy Lee Bergersen wrote in The Hamptons magazine. "Creating a home that looks like you is never a done deal. The idea is to let it grow and evolve over time - or at least look that way. "
One of the biggest home design developments that has come out of the green movement is the trend toward smaller living spaces that demand less upkeep and have a reduced ecological footprint. Using sustainable materials and having less reliance on noxious finishes that pollute the environment are becoming the norm among many builders.
Old and new
Another trend that has staying power is the vintage look, which can range from oldtime Americana items to a 1960's vibe created by influences such as the "Mad Men" TV series. The mid-century trend shows its popularity in colors that include orange, mustard, teal and deep red as well as tapered legs and boomerang shapes in furniture.
Bergeron suggests that the revival in modern furniture from the 1960s and 1970s has created a hybrid of contemporary and traditional looks that are less hard-edged and warmer than previously shown.
Menswear effect Menswear fabrics have led to the popularity of camel, black, brown and plum as mainstays in home decor. They all look good with gray, which has become the neutral of choice among many design experts. But gray has many variations, from warm shades with taupe undertones to blue-grays that are cooler.
For patterns, pinstripes, plaids, houndstooth and herringbone have shown up in many elements of room design, from wallpaper and bed linens to upholstery and dinnerware.
If there is one trend in accessories that is most popular, it's the use of ethnic themes and collectibles. From African and Moroccan influences to Native American and equestrian themes, the spicy colors, interesting patterns and trims from different cultures can be an important complement as long as they are used in moderation. Setting off a neutral sofa with pillows in such patterns is one good move.