From Margaret on January 6th, 2011 in General Remodel
While 2010 featured some pretty amazing design trends, the New Year brings new concepts that will gain momentum and blow your mind. Indeed, this year promises to be exciting.
We predict 2011 to be a year that features the most beautiful green modern designs yet, and a year that (in this economy) focuses less on starting from scratch and more on individuals working with the world around them to create for themselves domestic beauty. Here are three trends to look out for.
1. All-in-One Spaces
With more and more professionals making their homes a second work space or full-time office, the design world has caught on to the all-in-one space trend. And this year promises to be the most brilliant display of architectural deftness in merging functionality with aesthetics.
An amazingly functional space with kitchen, dining area and living room in one
Smaller spaces that do more will begin to look sleeker and simplified. And this effect lies completely in the concept of spatial reasoning. How else will you be able to feed your dog, host a client coffee, spread out afternoon work, accommodate kids’ homework, and serve a family dinner all in one day, all in one space?
2. Neutrals Revisited
While neutrals have been accused of being an easy choice and even (gasp) bland, dwellings are beginning to embrace the pared-down elegance of neutrals. And it so goes beyond beige. From crisp whites and creams, to bolder pseudo-neutrals of slate, black and navy, neutrals provide oomph without over-powering.
In the age of chic mix-and-match furniture, neutrals provide continuity throughout a space, and showcase featured pieces like art. While bold colors are obvious, consider the subtle power of, say, a small bedroom-turned-library with glossy navy walls.
3. Mix-and-Match Midcentury Modern
With renewed interest in the sleek simplicity of midcentury-modern furniture (and its increasing availability everywhere—even garage boutiques), dwellings will begin to mix furniture in a style that says less “flea market” and more “your grandfather’s den, redux.”
The gorgeous midcentury artist loft of Dee Adams
Mirroring the current psychology of society, spaces will mix chic with eco-intelligence and casual elegance. Refurbished and antique furniture. Sleek and understated decor. Mixed pieces assembled in a cohesive and beautiful whole.
And that, friends, is a trend to embrace wholeheartedly.