Trend Report: Winter 2010

“A more sustainable environment for sure has been on the rise. [And] very understated sophistication without a lot of color.”
— Cheryl Nestro, interior designer, Tutto, Northville

“We’re seeing an increase in the expectation of quality. Owners want more from their design professionals.”
— Mark Farlow, principal, Victor Saroki & Associates Architects, Birmingham

“I’m doing a lot of heathered-charcoal color. I have seen, in fabric lines, that lilac is pretty popular.”
— Jimmy Angell, James Douglas Interiors, Birmingham

“People are always asking for things that are more natural and have a more organic feel to them, because there’s such a big awareness of textiles that are really concentrating on having reduced chemicals in the manufacturing. The health-care profession is finding now that so many of our allergies are a result of the chemicals that surround us — in our paints, and our fabrics, and textiles in general.”
— Kathleen McGovern, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park

“There’s a bigger emphasis being put on larger-scale bathrooms. I [read] that the new bathroom is like the living-room bathroom, where they’re incorporating some furniture into the bathroom — like fireplaces.”
— Lynne Moran, showroom operations manager, Virginia Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy

“My clients are looking for one-of-a-kind items, like art and antique furniture. The antiques are going to need to fit into any aesthetic, whether it’s modern or traditional.”
— Michael Coyne, Michael Coyne Design, Michigan Design Center, Troy

“Ceilings get color. As the ‘fifth wall’ of any space, why shouldn’t they? Accent walls painted a contrasting or deeper color have had a strong hold for the past two years and show no signs of change. For those with a sense of hesitancy, it’s a simple way to bring color into the home without the commitment of an entire room. Horizontal stripes of sheen appear in dining rooms for an elegant look or are applied in kids’ spaces with bursts of color for an element of fun.”
— Rebecca Luckhardt, Sherwin-Williams Co.

“We’re seeing really strong blues. All the colors that we’re seeing are very strong, very lively. Purples are huge and are making a comeback. I love purple because it’s almost a neutral. There really are not many colors that you can’t use with that.”
— Kathleen McGovern, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park

“Bleached-oak furniture — the pieces are usually 19th century, highly carved, and very interesting. They look wonderful in a variety of ways: with painted pieces or with the straight lines of industrial furniture.”
— Judy Frankel, Judy Frankel Antiques/Antiques Centre of Troy, Troy