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How is interior design trending in 2011?

The Canadian colour expert Janice Lindsay said in a recent newspaper interview she believes the next direction for design is to follow the way teenagers and kids decorate. Janice was one of the speakers at the Australian International Furniture Fair earlier this month. How many interior designers consult with teenagers and children when working on a project?

Give teenagers and kids a chance to decorate

I keep hearing about the Pantone colour of the year honeysuckle. Wonder how popular it will be; it is a vibrant warm colour I am sure it will appeal to many.

Honeysuckle Pantone colour of the year

In Australia kitchen and bathroom design continue to take top priority in home design. The most popular bench tops are engineered, stone, granite and solid-surfaces. Stainless steel, timber and concrete bench tops have become less popular.

Kitchen and bathroom design trends

Two-pac polyurethane and colour painted kitchen doors continue to be in vogue. Increasing in popularity are low-pressure laminated, glass, vinyl wrap and vacuum-formed kitchen cabinet doors. Engineered stone and glass splashbacks are very much in vogue. Acrylic and Perspex splashbacks are no longer popular. Below is a dramatic kitchen colour scheme shown on a mood board created on SampleBoard.

 

If you would like to view details just follow this link http://www.sampleboard.com/boarddetail/713

Great kitchen and bathrooms are said by property developers to sell houses

Square form, double bowl, under-mounted sinks are the flavor of the month in kitchen design. Solid surface, round bowled and single sinks have lost favor. Deep wide drawers that are soft closing are a prominant feature in up to date kitchens.

Bathrooms are tending to be large and lavishly fitted with courtyard views. No longer just utilitarian they have become places of luxury and private retreat. Kitchens and bathrooms have become more and more important in home design. Below is an example of a courtyard bathroom design shown on a mood board created on SampleBoard.

 

If you would like to view details just follow this link http://www.sampleboard.com/boarddetail/714

Green design continues to gain momentum

Over 93 percent of entries into the 2011 furniture fair in Sydney had an environmental theme. Green design is very much in. For example Roslyn Campbell has created a chair out of pebbles and Andrew Bezzina has created a fold-up chair called the ‘robot stool’.

Revisiting old designs finds green credentials

Home designs of the 1950s are becoming benchmarks for sustainability. We have only to look at the brilliant designs of Robin Boyd, Walter Burly Griffin and Frederick Romberg to find evidence of green design.

Robin Boyd’s daughter Susie Boyd stated to the Sunday Herald Sun “To see my father’s ideas from 50 years ago revisited as a new standard is very pleasing”. This could be a subject for a future blog.

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