Top 5 Home Decorating Trends for 2008

Metal Trends

Copper, along with brushed brass and gold accents, will replace shiny chrome in fixtures and accessories for a more earthy feel.
Copper, along with brushed brass and gold accents, will replace shiny chrome in fixtures and accessories for a more earthy feel.

Textural Details

Texture, such as the raffia detail on these vases, will continue to be a big part of home decor.
Texture, such as the raffia detail on these vases, will continue to be a big part of home decor.

Hot Design Trends for 2008

The green living trend is here to stay, along with a renewed appreciation for color and texture. One of the nicest things about this year's trends is that they don't require a total overhaul to integrate them into your home. By adding a few simple accessories, changing out some hardware, and painting a few walls, your home will be updated, cozy, and beautiful. Here are the top 5 design trends for 2008:

1. Eco-Conscious Materials

The trend toward green living will continue to be big in 2008, and our homes will play a major part in illustrating this trend. Earth-friendly materials, such as recycled plastics, reclaimed wood, and natural, organic fibers will play a large part in our decor. Along with this trend comes a larger appreciation for natural materials such as wood, raffia, organic cottons, and natural accents.

2. Blue and Bold

The year's biggest color trend is blue. Not just any blue, but the blue of Earth as seen from space. This partially comes from the green living trend, but also from the move away from neutrals in our decor. Besides Earth blue, we'll see plenty of bold, rich colors, such as saffrons, iris blues, orchid lavenders, and vibrant greens. These colors both celebrate the Earth and give our homes a more multicultural feel, as many of these bold colors are popular in Asia and South America.

3. Texture

Natural textures will be popular this year, as will texture in fabrics, accessories, and wall treatments. We're moving away from modern simplicity a bit and toward a more luxurious, rich feel in our homes. Texture delights the senses, giving our homes a warm, comfortable feel that looks great at the same time. Look for comfy, nubby-textured pillows, natural stone fireplaces, and warm linens to play center stage.

4. Metals

Metals go along with both the appeal of natural materials and the desire for richness in our surroundings. While chrome and stainless have been very popular for several years, we're seeing a move toward brushed copper and brass, as well as gold accents. Look for these touches in kitchen cabinet hardware, lighting, and accessories.

5. Casual Luxe

The trends toward both natural living and renewed richness and luxury make for a charming combination called "casual luxe." This means that we'll have the vibrant color, the rich textures, and the comfortable feeling we desire--but in an understated, calming way rather than a "hey look at my living room!" kind of way.

Many of the trends reports also do a list of items and colors that are going out of style. I don't personally believe in addressing what is "out of style," because if you love it, it's in style for you and that's all that matters. Besides, in today's eco-friendly atmosphere, it seems completely ridiculous to tell someone to toss out old rugs or furniture simply because they are not part of a current trend. Update your home by adding some of the touches listed above, but don't toss perfectly good items in the name of fashion. That is so 2007....

Rich Tones=Hot for 2008

Pantone releases its Color Trends forecast each year. This year, bold tones like deep blues, plums, roses and greens will be big.
Pantone releases its Color Trends forecast each year. This year, bold tones like deep blues, plums, roses and greens will be big.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great HUB. I'm in luck as my fave is blue. (Not that I would change all my decor if it wasn't) I like metal, I've been creating monochromatic crazy quilt mainly depending on texture, I live green .... I declare myself a "casual Luxe". According to the trends I'm in good shape.I won't clash, as you said that would be too 2007-ish

Loved the HUB

regards Zsuzsy


dafla 8 years ago

Not really crazy about metals or any of those hot tones. I'm still into the never-dying cottage style. Classic has always worked best for me. I tend to do classic, and throw in a couple of trendy inexpensive things that I don't mind giving away later on.


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C.M. Vanderlinden 8 years ago from Metro Detroit Author

Zsuzsy---Thanks! You sound like you're in good shape :) Your textural crazy quilt sounds awesome....any chance we'll be seeing a hub on it?


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C.M. Vanderlinden 8 years ago from Metro Detroit Author

Dafla---That's a very good way to go. Some people get a kick out of following trends, others are very happy with classic styles. It's all about what makes you feel happy to be at home :)


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Dwrightie 8 years ago from Toronto

Interesting article. I am seeing alot of deep tones becoming very popular like burgandy, rich dark browns and eggplant. Just to name a few. Cool


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C.M. Vanderlinden 8 years ago from Metro Detroit Author

Dwrightie--Yep, those are among the bold tones that are supposed to be popular this year. They definitely aren't boring :-)

Thanks for commenting!


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Fiona Ahern 8 years ago

There is a certain warmth that is added when you take away the chrome and replace it with brushed copper, brass or gold. This is the look I like and so glad it is back AGAIN!

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