• Written by UK based guest blogger Daniel Nelson, design writer for mydeco.com.
Trends forecasting is a terribly difficult game to play, especially when new products can arrive and steal the show mid-season — all it takes is a well placed Missoni print and the direction can change. Over the past three months we have seen mydeco.com users in the US steer from their usual hiding place creating 'feminine' and 'classic' interiors and moving over to creating modern, contemporary living spaces. So, what does this say about the changes to interior design for 2011? Who can say? But we do know that as we're well emerged into Summer, our minds head towards clearing space and creating lighter, airier spaces that make us feel calm and peaceful.
Living rooms have been the main focus for the past three months, with bedrooms coming in a close second. This is not necessarily unusual as these are the key rooms of the house that we spend so much of our time in. We now see modern living rooms becoming very popular which can only mean one thing: time to chuck out those doilies! And should I be looking to use bold colors in my new living space? It appears not. We're seeing a lot of interiors with mainly neutral colors and just one, well-placed accent color used in large areas such as a feature wall or bright carpets. Another great way to inject color is through rugs which punch through the grays and blacks that are being used in the furniture and fixtures.
Wallpaper is still in fashion and still used to create a distinctive feature wall with bold patterns — but veering away from bold color in these, letting the pattern shout rather than the color. But if you change one thing about your living room this Summer, try re-painting that large wall in teal or turquoise, these are definitely the colors du jour!
Images via lonny magazine