As the end of 2010 nears, homeowners are budgeting for home décor in the upcoming calendar year, and that means expectations are already doing their bit on trends to watch out for.

Many home décor experts say that paint will play an important role in home décor, with the biggest change coming in the way we define a “neutral” color palette. Previously, light browns and beige tones were thought to be the only neutral colors on the color wheel. Now decorators say colors like mint green, light lavender, light yellow and even peach are making their way into the “neutral zone.”

You can find mint greens and light lavenders anywhere from kitchen walls to living room furniture. The key is to combine these light colors with a darker, more traditional hardwood floor.

Oak wood floors will continue to rage because they are considered timeless and can be molded to work with a variety of design schemes. Homeowners can install an oak hardwood floor and five years later redecorate their homes without touching the wood.

As for the color of the floors, stick with a color like Bruce Hardwood’s Saddle Summit or Bruce’s Vintage Brown Liberty. For dark oak floors, opt for Mullican’s Oak Dark Chocolate, which works exceptionally well not only with light colors, but also with bright coral or red walls.

Bright colors are another trend for 2011. With the economy still suffering, people rely on bright, youthful colors to brighten up their homes and their moods. Experts say that deep turquoise and vivid greens can enhance a dull and dreary-looking room. The key is to keep it simple and use neutral colors to balance out these bright hues. White furniture and curtains would certainly do the trick.

When it comes to the season’s hardwood finishes, let the design of the room dictate the direction you head. If you are thinking modern then a satin finish will be perfect. If you want to go classic or vintage, then you should look into handcraped.

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