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Trends for the New Year | Fresh Red Head

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As we start getting going in the New Year I am noticing some interesting trends. I have culled a few together in no particular order that speak to me.

1. The rise and fall of McMansions.  The big house is losing favor; homes are now smaller and have fewer rooms. Nationally, the average size home built last year fell to 2,400 square feet, down 100 square feet. The percentage of homes with three or more bathrooms fell for the first time since 1992, according to the National Association of Home Builders.  With this rise in the direction of smaller homes, space needs to be used more wisely.  Items have to fit a space appropriately and may have dual purposes.  I have lived in a smaller home for many years and I know of what I speak.  Picking furniture that fits your space goes a long way towards making it seem larger and more functional.

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B-53 home From TumbleweedHouses.com

2. Neutrals can Shine.  People hear neutrals and they think of taupe and cream but a whole other area of neutrals are available, metalic’s.  Metallic’s can be gold, silver, glass or even pearlescent and they add back into the home that “bling” you had with your holiday decorations that now seems to be missing.

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Broadway Pendant from http://www.wshome.com

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3. Wallpaper isn’t for Grandma anymore.  A continuing trend from the last few years is the growing use of wallpaper.  Fortunately it has become much more interesting and chic.  If you are afraid of the commitment pick a small space like this powder bath.

4.  It ain’t easy but love the look!  The continuing trend towards mixing more extreme styles and elements together.  This takes some work but it creates a unique and unexpected interior that is also more interesting in the long run.

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5. Frame it, damn it!  We take loads of pictures; put them on our computer never to be seen again.   Parent’s have loads of their children’s artwork and don’t’ know what to do with it.  Well download those pics and take out that artwork and create your own gallery wall.  One of my favorite clients regularly frames her children’s artwork.  We use scraps from my framer so it keeps the costs down and had the advantage of creating an eclectic collection of art that looks quite grown-up.

Go forth and decide if any of these trends will help you to update your look for the coming year.  Enjoy!

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