Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Design Trends 2012

Every year, the folks down in High Point, NC predict what the new trends will be for the coming year.  It's fun to take a look (High Point Design Trends 2012) and decide what looks interesting, what you like and don't like.

Now as a general rule, I'm not a big fan of trendy design.  But it's important to keep abreast of key colors and styles, even when you're trying to do a classic design.  You want to stay away from colors that are locked in the past - think harvest gold, mauve and avocado green.  An updated color palette can make a big difference.

As we start planning the design of our Diamond in the Rough, I thought it might be fun to think about some of these design trends and see if we could include them in our design approach.  Take a look and see what you think:

Sea Life - since the house is walking distance to Willard Beach, it seems like we should have a nod to Casco Bay.  While water motifs have always been trendy, this year's designs really incorporate Sea Life.  I love this coffee table.  While out of our price range, hopefully we can find a way to incorporate some sea inspired items.

Blast of Blue - Turquoises and Cerulean are two of the key shades this year.  And they tie right in with a Sea Life approach.  I love the calming effect of these blues.

Buttoned Up - Have you noticed all the tufted furniture that's showing up in stores these days?  These tight backed chairs give a more contemporary look.  Best of all, the back cushions don't get all crumpled up.  Of course, I'm always fond of Martha designs!

Bonjour Belgique - The other big, big style trend is gray toned wood with a limed finish.  I'm still trying to decide if I like this.  I keep remembering the danish modern bedroom set that my parents bequeathed to us when we first got married.  It had the same colors and I hated it!!!  Am I the only one that isn't sure about using the gray wood???   I'm not sure yet how to incorporate it.   I'd love to hear if you've started using this wood tone.

Obviously, we still have a lot of work to do before we can start staging our Diamond in the Rough.  But it's fun to start thinking through the final product - particularly since we'll be picking paint colors soon.
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