Monday, March 23, 2009

Home Décor Trends for 2009

When you have a home that seems to be dying for your personal touch and décor talents, there are a lot of things to be considered from wall paint to rugs to the little accessories that make a big difference in the look and feel of your home. There are five general categories of themed ideas that most people go with when it comes to decorating or re-decorating their home, and although sometimes they can be mixed and matched throughout a home, most people prefer their home to follow one of these main décor trends. The styles are contemporary or modern, country, traditional or classic, ethnic, or tropical. Depending on your personal preferences, the style of the house itself, and the location that you are in, you might consider any one of these five to give you the home that you have always dreamed of.

The traditional look is one that is timeless and never goes out of style. The trend here is rounded edges and colors that are warm and inviting but not to bold or bright. The classic colors are used to evoke a warm neutral overtone, and the classic prints are most often used such as geometric designs and floral patterns. The more adventurous people usually are “tired” of the traditional look, but those who are not comfortable with radical design or a step away from the ordinary will find that the traditional look is safe and easy to incorporate.

Country décor is a trend that reminds us of simple, peaceful times in comforting environments and the appeal of a rustic dwelling far removed from the urban sprawl is very appealing to a lot of people. Fabrics and prints that are used seem more primitive and vintage than the traditional style ones, and one of the biggest and most popular patterns in country homes is the checked or gingham look. Knick knacks, accessories, and wall art that feature farm animals are popular, and the colors used are typically shades of brown, yellow, red, and orange.

For those who are more bold and adventurous, a contemporary or modern home will usually have nary a flower in sight, and will not have many things that are rounded in it; geometric shapes and patterns are more the style, and anything that is rounded is simple: Solid colors and smooth lines are the defining features of the contemporary look. Metal is a common material for anything from furniture to wall accents, and the underlying basis of this theme is artistic expression and simplicity.

There are a lot of people who evoke a tropical feeling for their home by using anything and everything that follows in shades of off-whites, light blues, and airy tans to resemble the ocean, clear skies, and the sands of beaches. This look is one that many people have a professional designer carry out, because choosing the wrong things can lead to not a tactful, relaxing home but a tacky, outdated one. One thing that is distinct about the tropical look is the large use of flowers and plants throughout the home.

A final home decorating trend for 2009 is the ethnic styles. The dark earth tones like deep red, yellow, green, and brown along with the extensive use of wooden accessories and clay sculptures set a home in this style apart from any other, and if done correctly can bring out a sense of being impressed and stimulated at the same time. Homes that follow a certain décor theme are inviting as well as charming, each in their own specific ways and any good interior designer can help make it happen.

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