It's fun to read about the new trends in interior design. For 2011, we're told, the major themes will be eco consciousness, postmodern minimalism, and folkloric influences from traditional cultures. Pale yellow greens and spicy pinks mix it up with warm gold and grey neutrals. Natural materials are big, and this time around we're acknowledging that metal and glass are natural, too.
When we think about our own homes, though, we have to make sure that our plans fit with our lives. We need to consider our families, our entertaining, the way we enter the house when we come home from work and how we like to relax at the weekend.
Some of the biggest themes for interior decorating for 2011 aren't about colours at all:
- Sustainability We need to recognise that natural resources aren't infinite, and that toxic chemicals have no place in decorating. Courtney & Wise always take this position. As us, or your local master Painter, about the safest, healthiest, greenest ways to paint.
- Quality The best way to go green is to buy quality. Quality lasts longer, meaning you'll use fewer resources over the long term. Disposable things that have to be replaced frequently will never be the best choice for the environment.
- Technology There's no going back. Our home decorating schemes, just as much as our office decorating, have to accommodate computers and media centres. At the same time, technological improvements in paints and papers allow safer, more environmentally responsible decorating. From both directions, we can embrace technology even as we choose natural materials and pared-down shapes.