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Fashion designers go from runway to rooms

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Home-goods stores might soon be mistaken for chic clothing boutiques, considering how many fashion designers are putting their names on sheets (Donna Karan, for example), tableware (Vera Wang) and even furniture (Nicole Miller).

It all makes sense, says Lauren Goodman, fashion editor at Domino magazine, because once eyes are trained on a trend, consumers will seek it out in many aspects of their lives, including their wardrobes, their homes and their travels.

Now that the fashion industry has declared what will be the next big things for spring, we asked Goodman if any of them will translate to the decorating world. "The look was either really soft and romantic or futuristic and techno. To a degree, both of those apply to home — especially soft and romantic," she said

Goodman's other observations about what could show up in 2007's rooms based on the runway:

Colors: A neutral palette, with tans, browns and creams, soft shades of seafoam and "greige," which falls between gray and beige, and the occasional flash of electric blue.

Prints: Very light toile, mod black-and-white graphic prints and bright poppy prints. "This is something we've seen in home for two years. In this case, fashion is just catching up."

Finishes: More bleached — even naked — wood, more of a light Norwegian '60s look. But Goodman notes that on the runway many of the light, romantic styles were shown with severe geisha shoes, so at-home decorators might consider darker floors.

Embellishment: Goodman calls it "understated over-the-topness," with matte sequins and crochet, which are more subtle than sparkle and lace, but hardly simple.