Here’s Part 2 of the hottest new design trends for 2010!
6. Mirror: Not just for walls anymore, mirror is showing up on every surface you can imagine! Tables, lamps, sculptures, and even kitchen backsplashes are showing their reflective side. The look is both glamorous and functional: mirror can help bounce light into dark corners or long hallways, cleanup is a breeze, and let’s face it, you can never have too many opportunities to check your hair and makeup before you answer the door! For a moody, elegant look try black or smoked mirror, and for an antique or rustic look use mirror that has been chemically distressed with natural-looking striations and tonal variations.
7. The White House: Ever since the 1920s, when designer Syrie Maugham (wife of writer W. Somerset Maugham) first popularized the all-white interior, this timeless look has never gone out of style. Lending itself to both traditional and contemporary looks, an all-white palette radiates cool elegance and simple sophistication. Start by choosing the right shade of white for large furniture pieces and paint, then coordinate your accessories accordingly. Keep an extra can of white paint handy to revamp tired accessories, flea market finds, and found objects.
8. Entertaining at home: From children’s birthday bashes to wedding receptions, 2010 is the year of the house party! Old-school social protocols like hand-written invitations, planned seating arrangements, and co-ordinated cocktail menus (an all-clear beverage list is both chic and practical in an all-white room) have replaced the casual get-together of years past. Make sure to do all the food prep in advance (or even better, hire a great caterer!) so you can spend your time working the room instead of working the stove. Potlucks are a great way to share the cost and to introduce a range of different flavors to the mix. Invest in a large set of plain white stoneware and serving dishes, inexpensive wine glasses, and utensils (box sets are available at many discount retailers), or fun and funky colored plastic dishes for kids’ parties, to present a perfectly planned look. And gifting each guest with a goody bag of imported chocolates, antique trinkets, silly toys, or home baking will ensure your place at the top of the social calendar for years to come!
9. Gold: Just when it seemed like the entire world had switched to stainless steel hardware and accents, gold is once again going platinum! Get ready for a return to the gilded age on everything from mirrors and sculptures to door handles and faucets. Unlike the brassy tones that were popular in the 1980s and early 90s, the new gold has a richer, darker undertone and a slightly distressed old-world patina. Try adding a few smaller pieces, like antique gold picture frames and curio boxes in great rooms and bedrooms, or decorative gold chargers in your table settings for dinner parties, for a hint of glitz that isn’t overwhelming.
10. DIY: From a simple paint job to a full on stripped-to-the-studs renovation, the Do-It-Yourself trend is bigger than ever! With a multitude of new products, online resources, and tips on everything from laying tiles to building additions, ambitious DIYers have a myriad of options to keep them busy well into 2011. A decorateITonline portfolio is a great way to get started, with a space plan, recommended colors and materials, a shopping list, and handy tips to make your project a snap! Check out our Services page for more info!
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