February 20, 2010

2010 Design Trends

Without fail, the new year brings new design trends. This time of year always gets me excited for the changes we can expect to see. Below are a few of the HOT design styles for 2010...

*Vintage is a word you will hearing even more this year. With the popularity of the "Green" movement, re-using items is a great way to do your part for the environment. Portland has always been in the forefront of this way of life and we have some amazing shops with fabulous selections. Shop local and do your part for the environment while being trendy at the same time. Does it get better than that? I think not.

*Wallpaper. Now I know when you hear this word your mind takes you to borders with flowers, grapes and ivy. Not so my friends! Wallpaper has turned over a new leaf and there are a ton of beautiful styles and colors out there. Textured, contemporary, retro, bright, neutral. You name it. They make it. One of my favorite websites to peruse and shop is www.grahambrown.com. Take a look and I promise you will not be sorry. This is a great way to make a statement or spruce up any space in your home.

* Warm wood tones are starting to take over the dark chocolate, ebony and cherry woods of the previous years. Think more of the honey and caramel colors. Remember, you can always mix and match your wood colors. There is no need to run out and replace your beautiful dark hardwoods.

* Turquoise will be a big color this year. The combination of blue and green is both serene and can spice up any space. Turquoise's natural aspect is perfect color for relaxing.

*Anyone that knows me, knows I have loved purple from the womb. So, nothing makes me happier than to know that purple is continuing to be a popular color in the design world. Purple is a sexy color that tends to make people think of royalty and lushness. Bring on the tiara!

With all of that said, remember that a room should be a space that you love to walk into and is also functional. It should reflect you and what makes you happy. Don't let someone bully you into a choice that you don't feel comfortable with.