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35 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 12—ISSUE 2 HOME DÉCOR Weather forecasters might not get it right very often, but color forecasters make it their job to pre- dict the hues that color our lives from our cars, clothes, and technology to our homes. An easy way to get inspired when first thinking about home decor or remodeling is to pick up a decorating magazine or one dedicated to fash- ion. The fashion industry is a major driver for predicting color trends — pick up Vogue and color choices will be evident. Even iPhone cases are driven by fashion and what is deemed in style for the season. Color forecast- ers play an important role in décor — they are a new breed of magician. At times they are part de- signer and sociologist, but always a fashionista. They study the human condition, the econ- omy and even the environment. Nothing is off limits from auto manufacturing shows, fashion runways, and home furnishing markets to trade shows. All contribute to the forecast and help the "predictors" come up with palettes that will influence what we wear, drive and how we decorate our homes. Like it or not, the political stage shapes trends and how consumers feel. In recent years, the real estate crunch, wars, presidential elections and the Great Recession have all been the gauge for what consumers will buy, or not. Color is often the first decision a consumer makes and it is the easiest change to make to a home. Wall paint is often one of the first changes made and it is an affordable facelift for homes. Often, consumers reach for "comfort colors" that are traditional, namely white, beige and colors considered neutral. The color Design Trends Point to Fashion with Function BY LYNNE BRANDON in our homes, whether it is on the wall, an accessory or on the floor, tells individual stories. These tones make the perfect canvas for adding pops of color against a subtle background. Showrooms and retail stores have the blues this year ac- cording to industry experts. The blues are making a splash in decorating. Navy is especially strong this year. Neutrals remain king for upholstery fabrics for furni- ture, carpet and rugs. Neutrals from white and gray to camel are in vogue but come alive with throw pillows in jewel tones. Gray is the new beige. Many colors go with gray, especially blues and turquoises. Pillows are an inex- pensive way to decorate and refresh a room as accents on sofas, chairs and beds. Accessories are essentially jewelry for the home. Wall colors will trend toward cool colors with neutral still being the safe choice. The switch from incandescent light- ing to fluorescent by consumers is partly behind the shift to cooler colors. Painting furniture is a trend with folks who have furniture that needs new life. Turn an old mahogany sideboard into one painted with turquoise chalk paint with new hardware for a shabby chic effect. Wall paper is making an appearance again in the world of decorating. Patterned designs work well against solid furniture pieces or solid fabrics. Temporary wall paper works for those who like frequent change. Area rugs continue to be a focal point for rooms. "The first question I ask a client is what is on their floor," said one interior designer. "We use natural fibers like jute and sisal. Rugs are truly the organic element in a room." Plush, shag rugs of the '70s era are also being used for a playful touch. Turning trash into treasure is a trend that started sev- eral years ago and continues to be popular. The three R's: reclaim, repurpose and recycle to make old things new is behind the movement. The trend is a fun way to decorate, cost saving and often better for the environment. It also preserves the past when transforming an old parking meter into a lamp, a wine barrel into a table or a former window frame from an old house into a wall hanging. Be creative and fashion a headboard from a vintage door. A recent upcycling technique is to use shipping palettes for tables. Redecorating the space we sleep in to create a sanctu- ary for a rest is becoming important. With nearly half of all Americans reporting occasional insomnia and 22 percent experiencing sleeplessness almost ever night according to the National Sleep Foundation, there is more interest in creating peaceful spaces conducive to sleep. []

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