Though the new year is still several months away – at this point, you might be more focused on getting through the holidays – experts are already forecasting 2010’s most popular trends in design and décor. I spoke with Kathy Basil of Hirshfield’s Design Studio last week about what we can expect – and what kind of trends we can implement in our own homes. She predicts that where 2009 was full of bright, vibrant colors, 2010 will see a shift towards safer neutral tones, and believes this transition may be related to the economic situation.
“Neutrals seem safe in uncertain times,” said Kathy. “People may not feel comfortable changing their whole room, and neutrals provide a great backdrop to pull in other colors. If you nail the perfect neutral in your main living space, you can use more adventurous colors in other areas of your home.”
While neutrals – such as Benjamin Moore’s Ashwood – will dominate the main areas of many homes, plums like Autumn Purple, peacock blues and leafy shades such as Terrapin Green will be popular as accent pieces. Metallics will remain popular, but be more subtle – pearlescent tints rather than pieces reminiscent of mylar or foil.
Kathy predicts that a desire for safety may influence all realms of design, including furniture and accent pieces, where handmade and reclaimed items – think quilts and heirlooms – will remain popular. Carpets and rugs also will make a comeback, providing another avenue to make homes cozier.
For walls, wallpaper is the trend to follow. “Not only does wallpaper look great, especially on accent walls, but it’s extremely user-friendly,” said Kathy. “You can get removable wallpaper so you can change it out easily and as often as you like.”