Top Interior Design Trends in 2008

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Here are the top 8 interior design trends according to the Los Angeles Times.

1. French neoclassic
"The look is unabashedly old money, and unlike its Los Angeles-bred counterpart, Hollywood Regency, French neoclassic style relies on restraint -- muted finishes and a strong sense of architectural delineation. "

2. Shanghai modern

"Chinese Contemporary. This is chinoiserie stripped down to its most potent elements: fretwork patterns and classic curves in furniture, koi and foo dogs rendered as decorative motifs with the paintbrush of Pop art."

3. Enchanted forest

"Think of it as a tongue-in-cheek riff on the wood-grain prints, antler accessories and trophy heads that popped up in shelter magazines so often last year."
The looks of 2008
4. Americana

"It's a broad category that covers American fine furniture and decorative objects from pre-Revolutionary times and the Federal period (1770s to 1830s) as well as folk-art pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries."

5. The Missoni look

"With its first signature boutique hotels set to open this year and bedding and bath textiles selling briskly in L.A. stores, the Italian fashion house famed for rainbow stripes and zigzag knits is seeing its design influence spread."

6. Matte white lights

"Now that the Regency renaissance has brought crystal chandeliers into so many homes, the pendulum is swinging back to simple fixtures."

7. Sheet metal chic

"The publication of "Maria Pergay: Between Ideas and Design" in 2006 sparked a revival of the French designer's 1970s streamlined stainless steel furniture."
"A bent metal vase from Z Gallerie, reflects a revival of 1970s French designer Maria Pergay's streamlined stainless-steel furniture."

8. Fringe elements

"Nail-head trim and button tufting made upholstered classics chic once again."

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