Here is the rundown of our interior design trend predictions and beyond.
Natural Materials - Solid wood floors have been popular for a number of years now and it's no surprise that this is a trend that will continue. Natural materials will become more popular in other areas of the home too. Think solid wood furniture and accessories instead of glass, plastic or metal, preferably wood which shows off the grain with some previously less popular woods being king such as mango, sheesham or acacia. Even good old pine will make a comeback. Natural stone is also in.
Classic Vintage Looks - Minimalistic hard lines are out to be replaced with rustic country or vintage style. Look out for shag pile or animal skin rugs, Chesterfield sofas, antique and eastern influenced rustic furniture and printed fabrics and wall coverings. Perfection is out, warmth and comfort is in.
Green - This year's colour will be green in all its guises. Teals and turquoises are definitely hot and bold floral prints will be popular. Mix with creams and off-whites for a classic colour combination. Alternatively, mix light teals with splashes of bold accent colours such as purples or oranges.
Green, again - We've already mentioned the colour prediction game
but this time we mean "eco-friendly". Sustainable is no longer for eco-mentalists and some great sustainable products this way come. Look out for sustainable wood items such as bamboo and mango wood. Recycled items are also really hot, especially recycled or repurposed furniture and accessories, craft pieces and second-hand items given a new lease of life. Not so much recycled tin cans, more repainted or re-upholstered classic pieces and inventive use of materials.
Staying in - Since the recent economic downturn, more and more people have been deciding upon entertaining at home as opposed to going out. This trend will continue throughout and beyond. Comfortable, stylish designs are a must if you're entertaining at home and nothing creates a talking point like a stylishly repurposed item. Now is the time to dig out that old Chesterfield sofa and recover it in printed fabric or repaint that old battered coffee table. Get creative with ideas. This summer will be big for outdoor entertaining, weather permitting, and the same design trends will be popular outdoors as well as in such as chunky solid wooden garden furniture, eastern influenced planting and repurposed items.
As with all trend predictions, they are just that, a prediction. We're not saying that you should rush out and buy everything on our list, these are just a list of items we think will be popular this year. Just be sure to make your home your own and decorate it the way you prefer. After all, you're the person who'll be living in it and what's the point in spending time decorating your own home in a way you don't like?