Anh-Minh Le, who writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, lists ten trends for 2010 in an article you can find here on SFGate. Among her predictions are layered floor coverings (rugs on rugs, love it), wallpapered ceilings (yep, that's what she said), decorating with artisinal goods (a fancier way of saying "handmade") and the well-traveled look. To illustrate this last one, she points to the Sundance Channel series "Man Shops Globe" in which Anthropologie buyer Keith Johnson visits country after country, looking for special pieces and inspiration for the company's stores. I almost can't stand it that my cable line-up doesn't include Sundance programming... or that Mr. Johnson could be so lucky as to have that job.
Textile design trends illustrated: "Futuristic" according to Heimtextil
Open-shelf storage is good according to House Beautiful,
Plans for this Sheldon Designs cutie found at tinyhousedesign.com
Whew! That's a lot to keep up with, isn't it? But, you know, as many and varied as all of these ideas are, I've also repeatedly seen trend forecasters predicting that eclecticism and comfort and individuality in interiors will continue in 2010. What that says to me is this: Do what you want. Use what you like. Trends may inform manufacturers and momentarily entertain us, but in the end, I have to live in my home and you in yours. Make sure that yours pleases you, not the trendsetters. Make sure that it works for you and your lifestyle. And have some fun while you're at it. Even the trendiest of the trendies at Heimtextil advocate that. That I understood.