Monday, January 12, 2009

Design Trends 2009

What a year 2008 was! Now that we're in the new year, I decided to write down my thoughts about what I think 2009 will look like in terms of design trends.

Comfort Foods, Comfortable Events
When things are uncertain, people tend to lean towards what's comfortable. In other words, I think people will be cooking a lot more of the comfort foods, decorating their homes with fabrics and patterns that are less trendy, and toning down the extravagant events that we've been used to seeing.

While Do-it-Yourself projects have always been getting more and more popular, more brides and party throwers are definitely going to want to take the time to take on more. The best tip is to start early and break down your list of projects. If anything can be done months in advance, do it! My fiance and I started making things for our wedding more than a year before it actually happened. The result? A stress-free jog to the "finish line"!

A slow economy will force people to go deal hunting this year. The design result? An eclectic mix of goods in homes, and events. People will be scouring flea markets and antique sales like never before.

On that same thought, with the real estate values dropping, people will be more inclined to stay in their homes and invest in deco details. We'll also see a lot of re-uphostering, so take a second look at that couch you were going to throw away!

While the slowing economy may have people thinking twice about investing in certain things, all things organic are still on peoples radars. Why? This economic climate has forced people to adjust their attitudes towards the "disposable/ consumerism" based lifestyle they've been living, pushing people to desire a taste of the "self-sustainable lifestyle".

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