People are still telling me the 'gray trend' will not last and I'm here to tell you, yes it will. Just like the brown trend which started in 2002, it will have a 10 year shelf life before it's on to the next one. Take the home of Courtney Cox, featured in this months Elle Decor Magazine.
When I get asked if a charcoal sofa is a good idea, my response is that it's a very masculine colour. Looking at this house, you might wonder if a man lives here. It's all the white and especially the white-on-white kitchen that gives it a more feminine vibe.
Lately, as I run through the shops sourcing for clients and for my own home, I notice that there is lots of brown, outdoor furniture sitting there at Home Depot, Zellers, and HomeSense (to name a few) collecting dust. I was surprised to walk into a local, trendy furniture store today and find that the entire first floor of furniture and sofas were chocolate brown. If you are a store-owner, better to sell your container of brown quick and at a discount while someone still thinks it's in or ship it to another part of the country where consumers have not yet noticed that the brown trend is OVER!
If you have brown furniture and love it, then please disregard this post. It's like my sunflower yellow sofa. I don't care whether it's trendy or not, I love it!
And when you have this much money, you can indulge in a trend because as soon as it's over, you can totally redecorate!
Many of the 17 Designers in my True Colour Expert Workshop in Atlanta said that they were still decorating with brown, while the 10 designers in my Toronto class said, it's definitely gray that people want these days.
I think the best plan is to incorporate elements of a trend instead of letting it completely take over your home. I predict that the next 'trend' to happen inside the next 10 years–while gray is here–consumers will start choosing a colour they love for their major living room purchase, the sofa. I'm looking forward to that!
What's your prediction?
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