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Top Interior Trends for the Next Decade

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 10 May 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Many of us like to keep up with trends in interior design but when styling your home it is important to look well ahead. No-one wants to splash out on the latest looks only to have to dig deep again and get the paint brush out 12 months later so their home does not look dated. Looking ahead across the next decade is therefore a sensible idea. So what are the broad trends we are likely to be seeing coming to the forefront of home design?

Go Green

Yes, “eco,” “bio” and “going green” are likely to be the buzz words of the next decade. As fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, energy costs rise and we all become more concerned about conserving the earth’s resources, we are likely to turn to sustainable solutions in interior design as in other areas of our lives. Look out, therefore, for more and more furnishings, furniture and floorings that can be tracked back to sustainable sources. Wood is likely to remain popular but materials like bamboo that grow quickly and can be replenished will increase in their use.

Growth in Recycling

Products made from recycled materials are also likely to take up more space in high street stores and design shops. Currently kitchen units, work surfaces and bedroom and living room furniture, as well as accessories, which are made from recycled material, can be sourced but they are still a rarity. As technologies improve and the cost of raw materials and processes fall, however, we are likely to see more designers taking up the challenge of working with these sorts of products.

Organic Origins

In a similar vein, there is likely to be an increasing availability of chemical-free products over the coming years. Look out for more organic paint, for example. Fabrics that are made from natural fibres without the use of harmful chemicals will be prevalent in upholstery, and in curtain design and soft furnishings, and flooring and furniture finishes are likely to lean towards more natural oils and varnishes rather than more toxic options.

Shape and Style

While classical designs and period styles are likely to remain popular across the coming decade, the 21st century is going to see an increase in the sleek and the minimal. Televisions, music systems and other home accessories will get smaller and thinner, and will increasingly be built into walls or hidden behind panels. Smooth surfaces and clean lines will continue to be a feature of cutting edge design in both individual pieces and overall looks.

Colour and Texture

Colour and texture are much harder to predict. Neutral backgrounds are likely to remain popular as they allow householders to bring in – and change if necessary – splashes of their own colour. These accent shades could change frequently over the coming years but the trick is to keep to one or two eye-catching pieces that can be updated as necessary. Resist the temptation to go all out for vivid colour as it is likely to make an appearance during the next decade – and then fade away again. For an up-to-date look, you can use texture in a similar way. Keep rooms sleek and minimal and dress them up with one or two highly textured pieces. Thick wool, heavy leather or rough wood can then be dropped in via one or two items and then rearranged or changed if trends vary.

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