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What will homes be wearing for Spring? Here are some clues on the unique
forces driving the home decorating market this year:
We are living with increasing demands on our time. Everything is "24/7" and
we are used to instant gratification. We are more plugged in than ever before
with the increasing use of cell phones, voice mail and email that is able to
reach us around the clock. The ailing economy has us thinking about how we will
spend our precious dollars. These less affluent times mean that we will be
careful not to make costly decorating mistakes. We are looking for quality and
value - products that will last.
It is interesting to note that while some areas of the economy are having
trouble, purchases for home decorating remain popular. More than ever, people
are spending more time at home, eating in more, entertaining friends at home and
even working from home. We realize home is the center of our lives and the
source of our most important experiences.
Since 9/11, we have a renewed sense of the importance of family and friends.
And our pride in America has never been stronger.
All of this is influencing how we see our homes. American fashion trends seem
more important than what is going on in Europe. Exotic tribal looks are not as
appealing as our own homegrown style.
- Vivid color, high contrast brights are out. They seem too garish
for our senses. Subdued, refined hues are in. Tried and true decorating seems
safer and a return to formality is in the air. Look to the past to recapture
the elegance and glamour of the 20's and 30's with rich velvet and satins, and
thick luxurious carpets.
- Comfort is in. Flat, low pile carpet seems too harsh for rooms we
want to feel cozy in. Plush styles that we can sink our feet into feel
comforting. We are also drawn to texture and pattern that is more complex than
basic non-descript carpet.
- Neutrals are better than ever. The basics now include beige, camel,
taupe, grey, gold, soft greens and blues. Color that has been "neutralized"
feels like a good choice to anchor our rooms. Small patterns seem tasteful,
like classic menswear patterns.
- Color is softer, more natural than we saw in the 90's. Blue is
surging in popularity as an all-American color, as well as providing the
calming influence we need. Colors that blend with the environment are also
welcome sights. Black seems a bit too somber and is being replaced with
organic browns that can be just as rich and dark. Red and even orange is
showing up as a sense of optimism creeps back into our world. Ambiguous,
chameleon colors are also popping up with undertones that can make them seem
like 2 or 3 colors in one. They are seen as sophisticated and expensive.
- High design is not just for the elite. Today's fast paced world has
enabled new designs and colors to move into the mainstream almost immediately.
First time homeowners are just as likely to want an individual environment,
designed just for them. They want it to be rich in color and reflect their
lifestyle, and are able to create complex color schemes that will be different
from their next door neighbor.
Lastly, whatever the trend, it is important to remain true to your own likes
and dislikes. Study the latest styles to have a sense of where the market is
headed, but don't change direction if your style feels right for you.Views: 1