What’s in when you’re inside, in 2010?

Are you planning to re-decorate your house this year? Or even just daydream about it?
What is it that influences your choice of colour and style?

Maybe you will follow the ‘green’ trend and use only natural paints, recycled timber and organic cottons. Or find your penchant for marble tiles, stainless steel kitchen and ornate décor being curtailed by a need to trim the budget in the aftermath of the ‘GFC’.

US magazine Natural Home Living surveyed its readers recently and found that both the economy and a sense of environmental responsibility are shaping the way trend-setting Americans live.

Here are their predictions for Interior Design Trends, 2010.

  1. We’ll be looking for warmth
    Seeking comfort, people will move away from dark, cold wood and stone in favour of warmer colours such as honey and caramel.
  2. Textiles will be bold, bright and natural
    The focus this year will be on geometric prints in bold patterns–Herringbone, Indonesian prints and Bargello (Florentine stitching). There will be a rising demand for environmentally friendly, organic fabrics.
  3. Colours will be bright and natural
    This will be the year of bright, saturated colours, such as turquoise, which spice up quiet spaces while still drawing inspiration from nature. Colour authority Pantone has named turquoise its colour of the year for 2010, with the by-line “escape to a tropical paradise this year – even if it is only in your fantasy”. Of its choice, Pantone says that through combining the “serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing”.With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other colour in the spectrum, Pantone says. “Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.”
  4. We’ll let more sunshine in
    Designing with natural light was a strong trend in 2009 that is predicted to continue in 2010, according to Natural Home Living. Opening up the home to natural light will not only reduce our dependency on electricity but can also raise the spirit.
  5. Rugs will be minimal
    Messy, shaggy rugs that trap and hold dirt and dust mites are out, in favour of flat, woven floor coverings.