Although there are many movers and shakers in the design profession who influence future trends, they are not the only ones. The client or you are also in charge of leading trends and positioning them in the marketplace, therefore here are some of my predictions for this year’s interior design trends.

Most of us have had a mental shift in the previous few years as a result of the global recession. The most important question is whether I really need it or if I just want it because it’s the latest interior design fad. Is this something you’ve done before? Have you ever started a remodel only to realize it’s faster to tear everything out and start over? Or have you thrown out perfectly nice furniture because it doesn’t match the new motif you desire in your living room? Have you ever thrown aside perfectly nice curtains because you couldn’t stand the color? Or were you just looking for something to do to pass the time? I’m sure we’ve all done one or more of these things, but have you altered your mind in the previous few years? Do you consider restoring chairs instead of buying new ones, selling old curtains to pay for the new ones instead of dumping them in the landfill, or buying an area rug instead of re-carpeting the living room?

The supreme new trend in interior design and decorating

Being resourceful is, in my opinion, the most important new trend in home design and decor. We’re moving back to the old way of thinking, to the time after WW11 when there were shortages of items and people had to make do with what they had. This was a tremendous time for invention because it forced people to be more imaginative and inventive. I also feel we are reverting to our origins and learning to be less wasteful.

People in New Zealand are buying chickens or hens, and in addition to giving delicious eggs, they eat all the food scraps, minimizing the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills. I believe that our children have been taught to reduce, reuse, and recycle and that this education is beginning to bear fruit. Online auction sites have been a terrific way to reuse and recycle old company computers, which are being collected and renovated before being employed in schools. They’re simple to use, and they usually satisfy both parties: the buyer receives a nice piece of furniture for a low price, and the seller gets money for something that would have cost him money to the trash at a landfill. The deal is a win-win situation for everyone.