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Five new decorating trends for this season
The key to successful decorating is to stay true to yourself. Not every trend works for every person in every style of home.
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High Point, N.C., is the market where the world's best designers launch their new looks and lines, so it's the mecca for trend-spotting. Here are my top five favorites for the season.
1. It's about color
As you walked in the doors of the High Point Market this year, the color slammed you in the face, and it felt good. Yellow, orange, turquoise and apple-green played out in upholstery fabric, accents, artwork and floor coverings.
Color is helping us all breathe new life into our homes and our lives after the recent economic downturn. While bright color definitely isn't for everyone, it seems to be grabbing the hearts of lots of folks right now.
The key to decorating with all this color isn't to completely saturate a room in bright hues. You need to balance attention-grabbing pieces by using lots of neutrals. At market, they were showing charcoal-gray and light gray as neutrals.
2. Lacquered tables add luxe
Lacquered accent tables, with their mod, shiny finish, are the darling once again of high-end designers. Everywhere we turned, we saw these cool contemporary tables made from bold colors, including stop-sign red and apple-green.
Even in a traditionally furnished house, an accent table adds a crisp, clean look. While retro tables in bright colors are great, white is a favorite because it is subtle enough to be worked into a variety of homes.
For the past few years, lamps have been getting bigger and bigger, and better and better. But this year at market, the trend continued. These knockout lamps are no longer content to sit in the background. Now they are a focal point in a well-appointed room. Not only does this larger scale appeal to my sense of design.
I like it because the bigger, brighter lamps are more functional. If I put one next to my favorite reading chair, I could actually see the words on the page without grabbing my reading glasses.
The plain, simple ceramic lamps are one of my favorites.
4. Artwork making statement
In keeping with the overall trend toward color and big, bold statements, designers were showing artwork that was strong enough to stand alone for those who wanted a gallery that featured fewer pieces.
So much of the artwork was by new artists and offered a refreshingly different perspective.
5. Rugs demand attention
The trend toward area rugs featuring bold geometric patterns is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, designers are offering more and more wonderful rugs that have strong patterns — Ikat, lattice, chevron, modern floral and stripes.
While it's fun to spot trends and work some of the new looks into your decor, remember the key to successful decorating is to stay true to yourself. Not every trend works for every person in every style of home.
If you love what designers are showing, go for it. But first, ask yourself: What's my style? What's my palette? What type of furnishings do I like best? Don't buy a piece of furniture or accent just because you think it's "in." Only bring in pieces that you absolutely love.