By Casual Elegance by Cheryl • June, 2009
|After attending the April High Point Furniture Market, I would like to share some of the latest trends, colors and styles in Interior Design for 2009. Due to the recent downturn in the economy, consumers are more cautious than ever with their decorating purchases. In fact, one major trend for consumers is to buy large ticket items such as sofas and carpets in a neutral color, but splurge on more affordable accessories in the 2009 color trends.
Design Trends in 2009
• The Pantone Color Institute, the world-renown authority on color, chose Mimosa, as “The Color of the Year." This warm yellow color evokes a feeling of optimism and reassurance which we all could use right now. Mimosa can range from pale yellows to rich golds.
• Grays continue to emerge as the neutral color of 2009. Palettes include dove gray, smoky blue, olive and charcoal gray, silver and platinum.
• Chocolate Brown continues to evolve into warmer and richer colors of cinnamon, caramel and mocha.
• Shades of Persian purple, bold red, pumpkin orange and golden green are commanding attention when paired with neutrals.
• Teal blue and green conjure the appeal of a Caribbean get away.
• Metallics in leather and fabrics continue to remain popular.
The market is responding to consumer demands for more sustainable and recycled materials.
• Several furniture manufacturers have incorporated earth friendly production methods and products: soy-based cushions, certified wood, recycled filling for pillows, water based stains and natural and organic fabrics.
• Wood and metal once used in an old barn or factory are repurposed as functional, earth-friendly dining room tables, end tables, stools and chairs.
• Earth Friendly flooring choices include bamboo, wood, cork, and tile.
• Energy efficient lighting and rug yarns created from recycled plastic bottles are considered both chic and earth-friendly.
• Silk like luxurious linens are created from processed wood pulp and dyed with nontoxic dyes.
If you know of a friend or colleague who might enjoy this newsletter, feel free to forward. In addition, I welcome new subscribers. My next newsletter will feature More Trends including Organic, Ethnic and Traditional.
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