color palette will truly be across the rainbow. Chinese
red, barn red and watermelon red will make a bold
statement, and orange will literally be on fire with hues
ranging from butternut and apricot to blood orange-red.
Pale, vivid and inky purples will start closing in on the
still-popular pinks, and rich chocolate brown will retain
its distinction as the "new black" - pairing especially
well with robin's egg blue.
year's colors will also continue to draw their
inspiration from nature. In a recent issue of "Home
Accents Today," Kara Cox describes "a soft mix of
seascape hues such as sea green, sky blue and sandy beige
that creates a simple palette for showcasing the
treasures of the natural world." By bringing the outdoors
inside with tranquil ocean and cool grass hues, Americans
will create a calm, welcomed respite from the outside
to Michelle Lamb, senior editor of "The Trend Curve"
newsletter, consumers also perceive color as a distinct
way to personalize their environments. They look for hues
they can connect with on a personal level and that
support their energy level and mood, often pairing them
in "new and never-before-seen" combinations.
Remignanti, expert spokesperson on home decorating for
Furniture.com, notes an emergence of "American design,"
with people discovering an appreciation for new and
antique styles with a "Born in the USA" pedigree. "Overly
matched interiors are giving way to a melting pot of
complementary pieces," says Remignanti. "Multi-cultural
influences are blended into our current identities,
making, by their very diversity, a statement about 'being
American.' Our interiors will become more personal, and
feel more uniquely American, than ever before as we
define and redefine ourselves."
Remignanti also sees less-perfect boucles, tweeds and raw
silks replacing damasks, velvets and other more refined
fabrics in everything from table coverings and bed linens
to upholstery and window coverings, richness and
formality still will have their place. Mary Dluzen, ASID,
owner of I.N. DESIGN in Burr Ridge, Ill. cites luxurious
silks, antique silver, real furs and ornately carved
furniture as being very much in demand as consumers
continue to choose a style that expresses the way they
want to live.
Remignanti, Dluzen sees an increasing desire for a home
to reflect people's unique histories and heritages. Says
Dluzen, "Incorporating family heirlooms, art and
memorabilia into the interior design can be accomplished
with taste and style to create a truly unique personal
thread of personalization is woven throughout next year's
design fabric. As a society accustomed to tailoring
customized messages on our favorite M&M colors,
designing our own Nike footwear, and sporting monogrammed
jewelry and initialed handbags, we take pride in creating
a living environment that reflects our unique preferences
way in which this will be evident is in decorative wall
murals. Although they've graced the walls of fashionable
homes &endash; and the sets of major movies and
television shows &endash; for decades, they've recently
become even more hip. According to the Shaw Report by
Jessica Shaw in "Entertainment Weekly," murals are in -
with mosaics and decoupage being "five minutes ago" and
well-guarded secret in the celebrity community, actors
Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, and lead singer for
the Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Keidis, have already
ordered products from Hopkins, Minnesota-based Murals
Your Way (www.muralsyourway.com). Thom Filicia, interior
design specialist for the Emmy-winning Bravo series,
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," is a great fan of
Murals Your Way's wall murals, and has featured them
several times on his hit show.
décor of your home should represent your
personality as well as your interests" says Filicia.
"Murals Your Way is a great resource to add your personal
stamp in a creative, fun and whimsical way."
design forecast for 2006 is similar no matter where you
live. Hot colors. Cool environments. And a warming trend