Although we are already halfway done with 2010 (It’s August already. Wow.), I nevertheless wanted to write a post about the trends for this year – Interior Design wise. Keeping in mind that trends do come and go, however proper utilization and selection of which trends to incorporate will go a long way. Thus, you won’t necessarily have to worry about the pieces you bought at one time and having to dispose of them the next because they are no longer in style.
Just like what they say in fashion, trends are fleeting. It is therefore wiser to invest in key pieces. This applies the same way in Interior Design.
In brief and as quoted (though not word for word), 2010 is about innovative and new treatments, techniques and designs. Both social and economic trends play key roles in influencing the trend this year.
Key words and phrases as follows -
1. Simplification (there is a desire to simplify; a good example of a “simplified” interior concept is minimalism)
2. Green Living (I like this a lot and highly encourage this cause because it means lesser carbon footprints and generally doing something for Mother Earth – especially when observed properly. “Going Green” was once considered one of the hottest trends at one time and it is now a regular in the industry)
3. Revisiting the Past and Renewed Interest in Roots (The coined term, “Old is new again” means just that. People are focusing more on delving in their roots)
4. Optimism (Society is focusing on “the good things tomorrow would bring”)
Neutrals are a main staple since there is the desire to simplify things – to tone down ornamentation. A variety of grays are being utilized and are at times paired with warm colors (creamy yellow is a good example) to add a bit of a punch. Metals are being utilized as well for a more streamlined look.
We are paying more attention to repurposed and reinvented furniture and accessories this year. There is a play on recycling pieces and doing something new to them – may it be stripping one’s chairs and turning them to display pieces or trying out a new treatment. Think organic and the use of environmentally friendly products. Color palette of browns, greens, white and beige.
Revisiting the Past and Renewed Interest in Roots
This includes distressed, weathering furniture and finishes as well as aged pieces, patina and heirlooms. Think earthy browns and aged victorian greens – the vintage approach (picturing out an old stuffy study).
There is also a renewed focus on one’s ancestry and more of international influences (Middle Eastern interpretation is an example). Think geometrics, tribal patterns, intricate textures, even Africa and Aboriginal influences – of rich colors such as amber and red.
The feeling that Spring brings (Yep, the Philippines isn’t as acquainted with this season but we can envision what it’s like). Think fresh and vibrant colors for 2010. A warm and lively palette (refreshing tangerines, greens as well as striking violets). Don’t forget florals and blooms as well – a lemonade works right about now.
Whether the tribal influence or the minimal approach rocks your boat, it is good to know that we are incorporating positive elements and concepts this year.
(Photo Credits – Beautiful Photos by Pia Ulin)