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Friday, February 10, 2012

The IBS event in Orlando, Florida

I just spent a few days at the IBS (International Builders' Show) in Orlando, Florida. It is always great to get out there and see new ideas in the industry.

One thing that really caught my attention was at the Design Studio, were the trends that local Florida designers are seeing for 2012. The word that I use to sum up their list of trends is 'responsibility'. Responsibility economically and responsibility to the environment.

How does financial responsibility meet design? Well, designers and their clients are choosing timeless colours, combinations of colours and materials that are durable and environmentally friendly. The colour palettes are more tone on tone, the materials we are seeing are either recycled or re purposed or natural. The days of 'disposable' design appear to be over (or at least taking a breather for now). That way clients are not renovating numerous times in order to keep up with trends.

It's my opinion that this trend of responsible design is due in large part to the economic collapse that started in 2008, since that time anyone looking at home improvements is more aware of prices, looks and materials; and showing financial and environmental responsibility.

At the design studio, there didn't seem to be much in the way of new ideas or trends but a return to timeless classics - wood or white cabinets in the bathroom and kitchens, natural stone, tone on tone colour palettes, exterior outdoor living being an extension of the indoor space and exterior facades that are reflective of the existing neighbourhood (even if built new).

Timeless design is always in style and is easy on the pocket book too!

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