When the economy tanked in 2008, homeowners hit the pause button on furniture purchases and home renovations. They stood back, watched their savings and retirement accounts take a roller-coaster ride, and generally stopped investing in home decor. Julie Rogowski, vice president, and general manager of the Boston Design Center says that sentiment finally may be turning an important and well-decorated corner. “The emphasis is changing from ‘Where can I save the most money to ‘What’s the perfect piece that totally reflects me.’ It’s a nice shift,” Rogowski says. “It could be the economy, or it could be that people are ready for change.” Well, so that what is new in home decorating?
Well, here are more on what is new in home decorating. There are new trends in the pattern. For the animal prints, these are not zebra or leopard prints, but animals frolicking across upholstery fabrics. Some of the most popular? Elephants and dogs. For floral, flowers are a decorating staple, but the buds showing up in 2013 are more modern, and, as Rogowski explains, more painterly. There are also Scandinavian-influenced posies blossoming on fabrics. Then stripes, this was a huge runway trend during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week, and it looks as if there will be no escaping stripes in home decor as well. As for the color, if in 2012, the big color was green. For 2013, it’s blue. It’s a universal favorite among men and women. In this trend, people are seeing blue used almost as a neutral. Instead of black, there’s navy. The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election, and economic downturn have combined to shape Americans’ color tastes. We’re searching for the color equivalent of mac and cheese: safe, traditional, and comforting. But the pops of bright colors, from crimson to acid yellow, suggest that we’re ultimately hopeful about the future.
Neutrals are now, especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas, or carpets. Well, there is always new in design, so be ready people!