New Year's Resolution: Refresh Your Home Decor

When it comes to updates for the new year, don't neglect your surroundings. By referencing some of the latest trends in home decor, you can give your house a fresh start for 2009. Here are some tips from interior designer Michelle Rohrer-Lauer of Michelle's Interiors to get you inspired and in style.

Rohrer-Lauer is predicting four big interior design trends for the new year. Each are easily achieved by choosing accessories and furnishings that fall into one of the following categories:

Safari style: Using animal prints sparingly is a fun way to add texture and timeless panache. Use textiles balanced by organic, natural colors for a surprisingly elegant look.

Hollywood glamour: The luxurious look of old Hollywood in always in vogue. Focus on plush fabrics with rich finishes and accessories with clean lines made from elegant materials.

Classic-meets-modern: If your personal aesthetic veers toward the time-tested appeal of traditional furnishings, update your look with bold colors and patterns. By building on the basics, you can create a more individual look with clever accessories and mixing and matching.

Going green: Not (necessarily) as a color choice, but as a push to become more eco-friendly, the green movement has gone beyond a fad. If you're planning on making some updates to your home, now is a good time to consider environmentally sound materials, finishes and installation techniques.  

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