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Long lasting home design features are tops with today's homeowners

August 19, 2013

Area RugToday's homeowners generally aren't looking for trendy, flash-in-the-pan decor that will be dated before the paint dries on the walls. Instead, they want sustainable features like the eco-friendly EverTouch recyclable nylon found in many of Shaw's area rug collections, along with vintage furniture and ethnic themes that transcend generations.

"Interior design trends catch fire because they illustrate what's important today in terms of identity and values in broad strokes," home design consultant Cindy Lee Bergersen wrote in The Hamptons magazine. "Creating a home that looks like you is never a done deal. The idea is to let it grow and evolve over time - or at least look that way."

Old and new
The vintage look can range from old​-time Americana items to a 1960's vibe created by influences shown in the "Mad Men" TV series. The mid-century trend shows its popularity in colors that include orange, mustard, teal and deep red as well as tapered legs and boomerang shapes in furniture.

Bergeron suggests the revival in modern furniture from the 1960's and 1970's has created a hybrid of contemporary and traditional looks that are less hard-edged and warmer than previously seen.

Building green
One of the biggest developments that has come out of the green movement is the trend toward smaller living spaces that demand less upkeep and have a reduced ecological footprint.

In those smaller spaces, the desire for long-lasting, classic features like hardwood floors hasn't changed, however. People are making better use of the space they have. Builders are also using more sustainable materials and reducing the reliance on noxious finishes that pollute the environment.

Ethnic influence
If there is one trend in accessories that supersedes all others it's the use of ethnic themes and collectibles. From African and Moroccan influences to Native American and equestrian themes, the spicy colors, interesting patterns and trims from different cultures can be an important complement as long as they are used in moderation. Setting off a neutral sofa with pillows in such patterns is one good move.

Traditional patterns, new looks
Menswear fabrics have led to the popularity of camel, black, brown and plum as mainstays in home decor. They all look good with gray, which has become the neutral of choice among many design experts.

For patterns, pinstripes, plaids, houndstooth and herringbone have shown up in many elements of room design, from wallpaper and bed linens to upholstery and dinnerware.