from housebeautiful.com , Decorating Trends 2010
1- Decorative Paint
"The new look of decorative paint is organic, representational, and whimsical. We saw it pop up on walls and floors, like in the sunken den of this modern beach house decorated by Christina Murphy."
2- Small Is the New Big
"Why own a big, huge house that always needs maintenance and effectively runs your life? Live in a small home – that serves you – and you actually live large. To make his 390-square-foot New York apartment livable, designer David Kaihoi employs lots of tricks like hidden storage, a corner banquette that opens up floor space, and ruthless editing of clutter."
"These ottomans are as functional as they are fashionable: offering a place to rest your feet, an impromptu coffee table, or even an extra seat. They're key for small spaces, perfect for parties, and fit in any design scheme with styles ranging from sheepskin to stripes."
4- Outdoor Fireplaces
"Install an outdoor fireplace, and you add a whole new room onto the home. Whether there's a dining table for entertaining or plush chairs for lounging, the attitude is calm and comfortable."
"More than ever, this year in decorating was about making a home personal and expressing individual style. Just one example we saw is this high-bohemian New York apartment. Designer Daniel Sachs worked closely with the homeowner to reflect her love of antiques, contemporary art, and tribal textiles in his design."
"No dictionary is required to appreciate the alphabet-inspired trend. Graphic patterns of letters and numbers popped up on everything from paper clips to plates."
7-The Color Blue
- “Ranging in shades of powder, porcelain, ocean, and opal, blue is an incredibly versatile color. It can be glamorous, like this dramatic living room decorated by Tobi Fairley, or serene and calm. Whichever direction it goes, it’s long been one of the most popular colors: so much so that we even dedicated our March issue to it”
8-High Gloss Paint
"This is the year of shiny walls. The look is sophisticated and stylish, like in this yellow master bedroom by designer Todd Klein. Tip: Any color can work, but it's worth investing in a high-quality product and a professional painter"
9-Mixing Different Furniture Styles
"A combination of furniture styles makes a room feel collected, rather than designed. One fabulous example is the way stylist Peter Frank's New York town house features an 18th-century Korean screen hanging over a comfy slipcovered sofa. To mix eras, styles, and sizes, he says, "It's all trial and error. My best advice is to admit your mistakes and try again.""
10-Wood Is Back
"Formerly considered dark and dated, the new look of wood is natural, light, and relaxed. From kitchens to eye glasses, the material is everywhere! To keep the look from feeling too heavy, try soft colors and natural textures, like in Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie's breezy Shelter Island home."