New decade

New colours - grey, green - some curves thrown in

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It’s a new year and decade, which means the trend-watch­ers are go­ing crazy pre­dict­ing the styles of the tweens and teens in ev­ery­thing from fash­ion to life­style. Is turquoise the new black? Will 50 be the new 30? Se­ri­ously.

Thank­fully, new trends in home decor tend to take root grad­u­ally - es­pe­cially so here in Cal­gary, where one in­te­rior de­signer re­cently be­moaned our ded­i­ca­tion to all things beige - with much over­lap be­tween colours and styles du jour.

That’s good news for bur­geon­ing de­sign­ers (you needn’t call in the reno team just yet). By buy­ing wisely, try­ing out a new colour, or in­cor­po­rat­ing pat­tern and per­son­al­ity into your home, you can pretty much stay on trend.

“Be wise about how you fur­nish your house so you don’t waste your money,” says Cal­gary in­te­rior de­signer Su­san Kennedy. Dur­ing th­ese re­ces­sion­ary times, it’s im­por­tant to “buy pieces that you can re­pur­pose, re­fin­ish.”

But the next decade isn’t just about in­vest- ing smartly and be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in tan­dem - you should also have fun with your in­te­rior.

“Trends are there to in­spire us and give us new ideas,” says Ta­mara Rob­bins Grif­fith, de­sign spokes­woman for Ikea Canada. “(Trends) are not meant to dic­tate your life and tell you what to do.”

With that sage ad­vice top of mind, feel free to pick and choose among the five decor trends thought to have legs in 2010.

Green is still in, but it’s been re­pur­posed

Green has been a buz­zword re­cently in ev­ery­thing from hy­brids to homes, and it’s a trend that shows no signs of abat­ing. The big­gest dif­fer­ence is de­sign types are re­al­iz­ing you can be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in your home without go­ing to ex­tremes, such as trad­ing out the ny­lon car­pet for bam­boo, or ditch­ing the lam­i­nate coun­ters for ones made of re­cy­cled glass. Th­ese changes can be pricey, and send old prod­ucts to the land­fill.

In­stead, when you do buy some­thing new for your home, buy for the long term. In­vest in silk drapes, wool car­pets or wood fur­ni­ture that will last. An­tiques are a great op­tion.

“With the re­ces­sion, peo­ple are think­ing be­fore spending,” says de­signer Su­san Kennedy of Kennedy De­sign Group. “You can’t af­ford not to buy well in the long term.”

But be­fore you buy, shop your house first. Even HGTV’s Earth-friendly show Pure De­sign fo­cuses on reusing, re­pur­pos­ing, re­paint­ing and re­fin­ish­ing items you al­ready own, where pos­si­ble.

Grey is the new beige Grey is not go­ing away, says Rob Kurkut, buyer and show­room de­signer for Grand Gallery Im­ports, a de­signer show­room in Cal­gary.

You’ll see grey, or a warmer grey with more beige un­der­tones - of­ten called “greige” - in ev­ery­thing from paint and throw pil­lows to linens, wood and up­hol­stery. Yes, it’s made the jump from walls and ac­ces­sories to floors and fur­nish­ings.

“With a colour like grey, whether you’re talk­ing about tex­tiles, a paint colour on the walls, or kitchen cab­i­netry, it mixes re­ally well with other colours,” says Ta­mara Rob­bins Grif­fith of Ikea Canada. It even goes great with beige.

In­ject some per­son­al­ity al­ready

We’ve been told so many times by real­tors to put away fam­ily pho­tos and knick-knacks when try­ing to sell, that we’ve for­got­ten it’s OK to dis­play those per­son­al­ity-rich items when our homes are off the mar­ket.

“The trend is to­ward lay­er­ing in homes,” says Kennedy. “What we’re talk­ing about are the el­e­ments that re­ally make your life comfortable” - such as framed fam­ily pho­tos and pic­tures taken on a trip, eclec­tic cof­fee-ta­ble books on dis­play, a book­shelf lined with your favourite reads, and sculp­tures and decor items pur­chased around the globe.

“I’m a big fan of orig­i­nal art,” says Kennedy, be­cause it’s uniquely you.

All hail pat­tern “I have a per­sonal be­lief that no room is com­plete without pat­tern,” says Rob­bins Grif­fith. “It adds so much life to a room.”

So feel free to put the ster­ile, monochro­matic room look be­hind you.

She sees three main cat­e­gories emerg­ing when it comes to pat­tern: na­ture and or­ganic pat­terns, from leaves and vines to an­i­mals; geo­met­ric pat­terns such as cir­cles and hexagons; and pop-cul­ture pat­terns that are some­what graf­fiti-or tat­too-in­spired.

Canwest photo

Curves, pat­tern and grey meet a blue chest of draw­ers, which has been re-painted to give it new life.

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