As with the “chicken & the egg,” it’s hard to say whether trends in interior decorating drive trends in antiques & collectibles or vice versa. But one factor that has indisputable impact on both is nostalgia. We’re in the midst of two trends right now–Mid-Century Modern & Industrial. These two styles harken back to the 1940s & 1950s. The customers that have driven these trends (the people with nostalgia for the style of their parents & grandparents) are now in their 50s & 60s. From Flea Market Flip to Fixer Upper, designers are repurposing & combining elements from both of these aesthetics and are blending them with a decorating palette that is generally neutral. As we look forward to future trends in decorating & collecting, we can safely assume that our younger customers will be nostalgic for the 1960s and 1970s. And that means color–lots of color!
The color revolution of the 1960s was a cultural reaction to the dreariness of war time and a celebration of non-western culture. Textiles, electronics, home furnishings, fashion–everything was bright & beautiful. Though the Mid-Century Modern & Industrial are still going strong, it’s time to add a little bit of hippie color to the neutral palette. Think pink and orange and yellow. Give a nod to pop art and color your world!