In an eternal quest to do the best possible job for my clients, I’m also on an unending quest for the latest design trends and ways to incorporate those in to custom storage solutions. So, here’s what’s on the “trend” horizon in case you want to update any elements of your own style or home storage system – be it a closet, home office or some other nook in your house:

1. Moving from dark to light: I say alleluia! We’ve had a dark wood focus for over a decade. It’s time for movement away from the dark wood tones and into the medium.

2. True Blue: You’ll see lots of the color blue being added to homes with a mix of royal blues and dark blues. I have a client who painted the walls of her closet a shade of Tiffany blue, did the closet itself in silver melamine and added a blingy chandelier and handles.

3. Downsizing: More city. Less country. More walking. Less driving. I know that this will seem foreign to many who are very attached to their yards and garages and driveways and basements and attics, but living in a city environment allows more independence and easier social interactions. I frequently get to help couples who are leaving their house in the suburbs for a place in the city and I love doing that (with the caveat that they have easily recognized that they don’t need to keep all the stuff they had in those basements and attics and garages!).

4. Livable Space: A concept I just love. There are lots of people with lots of space and not all of it is effectively designed or utilized. And even less is truly multi-functional.

Source: Denise Butchko is a design and marketing expert who teaches these concepts with the intention of helping people grow their businesses. She’s been a contributor to Closets magazine and is a judge for the closet industry’s “Top Shelf” Design Competition. She’s also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers. Visit ButchkoAndCompany.com or DeniseButchko.com.

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