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August 12, 2011 > Real Rooms For Real People: Look Around you for the Most Current Design Trends

Real Rooms For Real People: Look Around you for the Most Current Design Trends

I spent a very busy but enjoyable week last week at the national conference of Interior Redesign Industry Specialists in Las Vegas. As part of the conference, we also attended the Las Vegas Summer Furniture Market. As one of the presenters at the conference, I gave two sessions-one on selecting paint colors, and the other on current trends in interior design. It was exciting to see the design trends I spoke about live at the furniture market! I'll share some of those design trends with you in this week's column.

Green and Natural
This trend has had, and will continue to have, tremendous staying power in the industry. "Green" is definitely still "in." Everywhere we look, we see furnishings and building materials made from natural elements such as stone, cork, bamboo, and wood. Materials made from recycled elements are hugely popular as well: counter tops made from recycled glass bottles, handmade tiles made from discarded porcelain tubs and sinks, even baskets and containers woven from recycled newspaper and magazines. Using natural materials in your home feels comfortable, and the look is certainly beautiful.

Mix and Match
The days of the matching sofa, loveseat, chairs, with matching coffee and end tables have been over for a while, and mixing and matching is more popular than ever. Just look through home furnishings catalogs to see countless examples of mixing textures, colors, patterns and styles. Think of contemporary leather dining chairs with an old world chunky wood trestle table. Think of striped chairs with a floral sofa and small geometric print on the drapes. Mixing and matching makes a room more livable and fun.

Bold, Dramatic Color
In a recent episode of her television show, Candice Olsen featured an old, traditional china buffet revived into a modern piece by painting it high gloss teal. It looked amazing! Bold pops of color and drama are everywhere you look. How about a bright orange accent wall, or lime green kitchen chairs, or an entry wall covered in large-scaled patterned wallpaper? Even new brightly-colored throw pillows on your sofa or bed will add some fun and pizzazz to your space.

At the furniture market there were numerous examples of wall coverings, fabrics and furnishings. There were fabrics with metallic threads running through them-very luxurious looking! Mirrored chests, headboards in painted metallic finishes, gorgeous handmade wallpapers featuring coppers, golds and silvers-the look is elegant, modern and very unique. It's easy to overdo the metallic look, so use some restraint. For example, I just finished a powder room with beautiful gold and green metallic wallpaper, and another client of mine is in love with a mirrored bathroom vanity. Just one or two touches of metallic in a room are enough to make a great statement.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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