Silver is growing in popularity and overtaking gold. Metals continue to have a handcrafted, authentic feel. Look for burnished, hammered, oxidized and antique finishes. The oil-rubbed bronze that has been so popular recently is giving way to lighter bronze or copper.
Here are some of the most popular emerging styles:
Modern: In stressful times, it’s natural to seek simplicity. The Modern style, with its clean lines and unfussy hardware, soothes minds troubled by a down-turned economy, upcoming election and ongoing war. It complements the earthy, simple lines of Zen, Craftsman and Scandinavian decors and pairs naturally with products from the growing eco-friendly movement. Experts say this look will be popular for several years.
European Mediterranean: The other side of Modern, this luxurious, ornate style draws from Spanish, Italian and French designs. It shows up in ornate cabinetry, faux plaster, earthy colors and scrolled ironwork. This trend will keep going strong for several years.
Seaside Cottage: In this laid-back style, comfort is essential. A natural outgrowth of both the shabby chic and burgeoning green movements, the Seaside Cottage look is perfect for families. Look for whitewashed cabinets, islands and vanities, paired with light fabrics and accessories. It can be accessorized in a variety of ways, from nautical to country.
Romantic: This feminine, opulent style harkens to earlier times, when cabbage roses, pink ribbon and antiques were the choice of women everywhere. It shows up in kitchens and bathrooms as crystal chandeliers, ruffled curtains and pink appliances or cabinets.
Emily Kiker Morrow, CMG
Director of Color, Style & Design, Shaw Industries
Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG
Founder, Color Turners