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Decor trends of 2011

entertainment Updated: Dec 31, 2011 01:55 IST

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This was a year of stylish innovation in the home decor space. Our panel of three interior design experts take a detour and select the decor trends that rose to glory in 2011.

Colour Block Decor

Wall decorColour block, a mix-n-match of two or more bright colours, was not only seen on the fashion runways, but was also prominent in home décor. Interior designer Raseel Gujral says, "Colour blocking was not only about the wall paint. Pillows and wall decorations were great for practicing colour blocking technique. Blue, green and orange may sound mad but it looks oh-so-pretty."

Eco Homes
The trend of eco-friendly homes became very popular in 2011. Eco homes include furniture and accessories made from natural elements and environment friendly manufacturing procedures.

Interior designer Bobby Mukherjee says, “Eco homes trend picked up this year due to the cause attached to it. It’s not just cost-effective but also has a feel good factor of contributing towards saving the planet.”

Wallpaper Craze
Dressing up the walls with interesting wallpaper designs was on the rise in 2011. From bright colours to unique designs, wallpapers added zing to that often ignored background of home spaces.

Interior designer Monica Kamal says, “Wallpaper has been a big trend internationally and has now grown in India this year. Unique textures and designs of a wallpaper give character to plain walls and adds warmth to any space.”

Honeysuckle, a big hit
According to Pantone, a renowned authority on colour trends, Honeysuckle was the colour of 2011. This intense pink shade with hints of red and orange, instantly lifts up the look of a room.

“This colour with its stimulating effect allures you to get out of your colour comfort zone. The colour was seen in wallpapers, fabrics, wall paint, carpets and accessories,” says Gujral.

Scandinavian minimalism
This minimalist home décor trend was not just about clean lines and contemporary designs. It also focused on understated straight-lined furniture and accessories with a playful element to it.

“Two important elements of a Scandivian minimalist home style were its playful and functional designing. To get the look right, inspiration from Ikea (a scandivian product design website) was the way to do it,” explains Mukherjee.

Clumsy Chic
This trend is about styling your house carefully in order for it to look clumsy! Toned down western classic touches were used where furniture or accessories have a very dull finish. Oxidised polishes and non-luxury fabrics are also used.

“The trend had a slight amount of styled clumsiness to it, where the look is achieved by using accessories that do not look luxurious but are very high on style,” says Mukherjee.

Expert Speak:
Pillows and wall decorations were great for practicing colour blocking technique.
-Raseel Gujral

The Eco Homes trend picked up this year due to the cause attached to it.
-Bobby Mukherjee

Wallpaper has been a big trend internationally and also grew in India this year
-Monica Kamal