Design trends for 2007 |

Design trends for 2007

If there is a job I would love to have, besides helping people achieve the space of their dreams, it is to be a trend and color forecaster. As such, one gets to travel the world, keep his or her fingers on the pulse of cultures and detect what is going to be hot in the upcoming years.

You see, what you find on the shelves of your favorite home store didn’t get there by accident. Somebody, somewhere in the high spheres of design made a choice, which, a few years later, has trickled down the distribution chain to reach us, the masses …

While we are all going crazy over robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown right now, the automobile industry is already deciding on their vehicle colors for 2016, the high priests of design are busy setting the trends for the years ahead and by now, store buyers have purchased what they are going to put on their shelves next year. Crazy, but accurate!

And if you saw “the Devil wears Prada” in theaters recently, Meryl Streep’s character explains to Andrea Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, how the “lumpy” blue sweater she fished out of a sale bin in a department store somewhere, can trace its roots back to an international fashion designer who, a few years back, had unveiled that very color at one of his shows, and to the fashion editors who, by showcasing his work in the pages of their magazine, had send that same trend into the mainstream.

At a recent trade show, we had the privilege to attend a trends seminar. Here’s what you should expect to see on the shelves of your favorite home store in 2007:

Neutrals are in. However, we are not just talking about off-white. The palettes are as diverse as skin tone colors or deep desert hues, such as golden yellows, taupes, browns and caramels.

Use these colors on your walls, or in your large furniture pieces to provide a great canvas to your space.

Black, white and gray no longer are considered non-colors. Stark, crisp white is being replaced by a softer, grayer white, much like the color of sea salt, and is accentuated by shapes and patterns.

To make black a little more interesting, contrast matte and shiny finishes.

Going green. The global environmental awareness movement is reaching the spheres of home design, and we are seeing a resurgence of greens, from mint and basil to lime and olive. Several shades of green are used in layers in interiors for a soft fresh effect.

There is also a movement toward recycled and sustainable sources for building materials and furnishings. Check out these new soft sheets made of birch, or bamboo fiber at a home store near you!

Speaking of fibers, texture is in, from soft velvets to cozy chenille and chunky wool. And let’s not forget raw silk, hemp or linen! Leather, suede and sharkskin are coming back on the forefront of design, as are their synthetic counterparts! Introduce texture with a few well-chosen accent pillows, or a new throw. And while texture is in, patterns are scaling back.

Eclecticism. The times when one would buy the whole living room or bedroom set are over. Rooms are coming together by the piece, not the set, for a more personal, more individual look. Mix and match this heirloom piece with that great garage sale find you restored, and a new piece of furniture for that great unique look!

Metallics are enjoying a regain of popularity, as are any special finishes, such as lacquer. Check out the new Ralph Lauren Metallics paint collection!

Glass and mirrors are coming back as are faceted materials. Again, they provide texture, reflect light and warm up your space.

Does this mean you need to feature all these trends in your living space to be at the forefront of home design? Certainly not. Pick and choose what you like to freshen up your space and watch for all of these trends to hit the stores very soon!

Françoise Evans is the founder of Truckee-based Alpilles Interiors, which she operates with her business partner, designer Nancy Helms. Alpilles Interiors is an award-winning full service interior decorating firm, featuring custom furniture, upholstery and rugs as well as accessories, blinds and window treatments, fine fabrics and luxury bedding, and offers property staging services. Contact their office at 582-6702 or

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