With our economy in the dumps what we are all wanting is to remember happier times. With that what you will most likely see as a leading design trend for 2011 are throw backs. Look for newer versions of 1940’s design, Tudor to Elizabethan and some Tribal & Native American influences. Also animal and whimsical prints will be hanging around but beware of going overboard.
There will be a lot more mixing of old with new as people try to bring life back to their older. Also a lot more focus and use out of “grandma’s antique chair”, thus reminding us of the past and of happy family moments.
Watch out for colors that will aim to inspire and will be bolder and brighter while still using those subtle hues and classic neutrals.
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COLOR TRENDS 2011 BY DUNN EDWARDS
Look for a lot of softer pastels as people seek to bring a sense of calm to their homes and offices. Bold colors such a jewel tones will still be featured but will be shown in a more subtle display than before.
FABRIC PRINTS BY GREENHOUSE DESIGNS
A bit of whimsy, traditional, modern and good old basics look well placed together if done correctly.
RECYCLED BARN SIDING FLOORING
This weathered barn siding has been reused to become a rustic hardwood flooring. The flooring is made up primarily of white oak but with some red oak pieces mixed in and being outside and exposed to the elements has aided in creating a grayed patina look that translates beautifully into hardwood flooring. This is a perfect way to reuse something that would normally be thrown away and to bring a sense of warmth to your surroundings.
Not many people have the money to spend on furnishings like they use to. Instead make something old new again. If you already have some old furniture you can reupholster you are already ahead of the game if not hit those yard sales and thrift stores for hidden gems. Jazz up an antique chair by adding a bold and fun print. A little sanding and refinishing never hurts either.
1940’s INSPIRED KITCHEN
Bringing the past into the future is not a new concept but this oldie but goody is definitely making it’s way back into our homes and hearts.
RETRO CHIC BEDROOM
A sense of calm mixed with drama creates a fun flair that does not go overboard and looks clean and fresh.
Definitely more dramatic and it shouldn’t be used everywhere unless you love chaos. Use items seen in this room sparingly. Remember you can always add, it’s much more difficult to take away.
ENGLISH TUDOR GROTTO REPRODUCTION
Warm, elegant and comfortable. There is something so comforting about being surrounded by well tailored and aged elements. Mix dark with light and keep those family memories alive by surrounding your living room, study or game room with nostalgia games and well read books. Also don’t forget good lighting is key!