Home Decorating Trends for 2011
It’s time to peek into the looking glass and see what’s hot for 2011. Global decorating is indeed with us, which allows for a tremendous variety of styles and accessories. It has never been easier to fix up your home to suit your lifestyle.
You’ll notice a shift in attention from black to gray, on its own and as a balancing color. Going green continues to grow in importance as manufacturers champion the recycling spirit.
Gray has been out of vogue for a while, but the new softer shades of stone, putty and granite will make a huge impact this year. Mixed with glass and smoky silvery greens, this palette of delicate grays has given a whole other notion to the rather tired beige groupings of the past decade.
Gray is being paired with anything – fresh and funky oranges, classy coppers, reserved olive green and pure white. Although more muted than in the past, purples are still hot and are a good pairing with gray.
Going green must become a way of life for us all rather than a trend, and its global importance is captured in the many ways designers and manufacturers choose to create new products.
Plastics may not seem to be Earth-friendly, but they are if the product has been re-created from recycled plastic, which is the case today.
Wood, bamboo and cork are renewable resources that have continued staying power for furniture, flooring and accessories. Motifs from nature are still favored patterns; you’ll find florals with oversized blooms, sculpted leaves and birds on fabrics and wall coverings.
The rush over steel is not stopping any time soon. It took awhile to get here, but once the kitchen manufacturers caught on, steel swept in like a tidal wave. However, textures are shifting toward hammered or distressed in all metals and some wood as well.
Reflective surfaces bring a lovely gleam to any room. Glassware is veering away from the straight and narrow, taking on enchanting new curves and bubbles that work well with contemporary design and add a note of surprise to traditional settings.