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The Latest Design Trends


Published: 07/23/2012

by Catherine Fantauzzi

The 2005 palettes reflect a diversity of mood, taste and colour, with the home as a retreat and safe harbour.

The focus continues to be one of simplicity. Modern spaces are more about the form of well-crafted furniture

and materials and the architectural elements of the space.


Furniture in 2005 will blend classic and contemporary elements. Colours in furnishings

are more subdued and furniture is designed to be suitable for smaller

spaces. Pieces are designed to maximize efficiency by offering ingenious storage

solutions or multiple functions. More dark woods are predicted, often

paired with neutral colour fabrics. Sofas and armchairs come with low backs, making

rooms seem more spacious. Ottomans with hidden storage are popular and come

in wider and longer configurations. Micro-fibres resembling suede are

popular upholstery fabrics. Plain fabrics are replacing patterns and sofas and sectionals

often have built-in chaise lounges.

The master suite

Master bedrooms are evolving into private retreats for adults. They are becoming

luxurious suites that include a sitting area with fireplace, spa bathrooms with

individual toilet rooms and spacious walk-in closets.

Bed size is generally a king, with upholstered headboards for beds being

red hot. Bedside nightstands are often unmatched. A pair of chairs or a chaise

lounge with a small table for a beverage and book, or possibly a bench at the end

of the bed, are the major furniture elements appearing in bedrooms.


Lighting and decorative accessories are being simplified. Lamp bases are delicate

and elongated, while glass and ceramic accessories are appearing everywhere.

Spa bathrooms

Consumers are looking at the ‘spa’ bathroom as a tranquil escape where they

can read, meditate, relax in the tub, and use candles, wine, music and aromatherapy

to help them unwind. Efficiency and convenience are high on the list when

choosing cabinetry, layout, fixtures, lighting and accessories. Heated floors

are also a must-have to complete the experience.

Soaker tubs and those equipped with jets and air massagers also are becoming

must-have items. Ordinary showering has become a hedonistic experience as

upgrades now include showers with multiple sprays, hand-held nozzles and

waterfall and rain features. Muted, natural finishes such as limestone add to the illusion of showering

 in the great outdoors.

Specialty finishes such as satin nickel, satin chrome, antique nickel and copper

continue to be favourites. Towel racks and robe hooks, which used to serve

practical purposes only, are getting the designer treatment.

Professional kitchens

Consumers are looking for bigger, open cooking spaces and functional layouts.

They are outfitting their kitchens with the very best appliances and finishes, echoing

European styling by featuring cleaner lines and more streamlined looks.

Timeless materials and matte finishes are now mainstream. Stainless steel,

white or black appliances are preferred. Slate and stone floors are popular, as are

granite and poured concrete countertops. Satin nickel, copper and pewter

metals continue to be favoured in light fixtures and cabinet hardware.

Comfort and convenience

What once were considered luxury items, such as wine cellars, fully equipped home

theatres, meditation rooms, libraries, home offices, or automated houses with

the latest technology, are becoming necessities in many homes to offer maximum

comfort and convenience.

Environmentally friendly

Consumers understand the importance of using earth-friendly products that will

have a positive impact on the environment and human health. The focus is on

using natural materials wherever possible in interior decorating to bring the

outdoors in, such as natural stones; hardwood, cork and bamboo flooring;

wool, sisal or silk area rugs; exotic live plants; wicker or rattan; water features;

metals and glass; and cotton, linen or silk fabrics.



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