Janet Davidsen, ASID, of Details in Design, Inc., expects green/sustainable design to be more popular than ever. She says, "Clients have been hearing about it for several years now and the cost of green design has dropped significantly. It is becoming the new norm."
Davidsen also says that in addition to becoming more common and affordable, green products are evolving from the plain, minimalist look they've typically had to appearing more stylish.
When investing in décor, furniture, and other home enhancements people want great looks that cost less. That's why more and more people are transforming items they already possess, or found at garage sales, thrift stores, or on clearance shelves.
According to expert home stager and designer Kate Hart, of Hart & Associates Staging and Design, "Reduce, reuse, and recycle are décor terms today, so reupholster that old chair; add a MirrorMate® frame to your bare bathroom mirror, instead of replacing it; and, repaint a flea market find dresser as opposed to buying new."
To check out hundreds of before and after furniture restorations, visit the Betterafter.blogspot.com, where you'll find fabulous ideas and inspiration for transforming tables, hutches, dressers, chairs, and more.
"Forget the flowers and ruffles, things are looking more tailored," says Hart. "Think fitted bedskirts, drapes that don't drag, and throws that are neatly placed—not draped."
Hart adds that hotel décor is also popular, because it gives people the sense that they're enjoying a "staycation" all year long. To implement this style in your home's decor, she offers the following tip, "The bathroom and bedroom are the perfect places to start, adding furnishings with clean lines, plush white towels, and a spa-like color palate."
Davidsen and Katherine Shenaman, of Palm Beach-based Katherine Shenaman Interiors, agree that wallpaper is making a comeback. How do you go about selecting wallpaper that's stylish? Shenaman advises you to go bold and go big.
"Why? Because you won't need as many accessories or 'stuff' to fill the room. Pick the right wallpaper and most of the decorating is done," explains Shenaman. "Pick a color and pattern that you can live with for some time. Plus, this can save you money in the long run, because there's no need to fill up the walls with big pieces of art."
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