In residential interiors, the result will be a wonderfully eclectic mix, bursting with energy and decorative motifs on everything from big ticket items such as sofas down to accessories, tableware and lighting.
If it sounds a little lairy, then you have only to look at designs from top names in fashion such as Kenzo and Missoni to realise that the effect can be as harmonious as a Welsh male voice choir. Remember that balance is all - often an item such as a boldly patterned cushion or an elaborate multicoloured chandelier will be used to add accent to a room rather than be part of a colourful scheme.
The secret to the new look is to combine plenty of soft patterns and colours that are easy on the eye - this is very definitely not about hard primary colours and blocky pattern reminiscent of a 1980s hairdressing salon. Remember that the look is about a multitude of harmonious colours rather than just a couple of clashing hues in dramatic contrast.
Texture - and most importantly combinations of textures - are important too, and leaps in technology mean that it is possible to create the feeling of luxury for a fraction of the price - as Asda and Tesco, in particular, know only too well.
It isn't just fashion that will influence interior design in 2007. There is a quiet revolution taking place on the high street. Packaging has rarely been a more exciting, innovative area, with companies such as Wedgwood, Crabtree & Evelyn and La Duree, the iconic Parisian patisserie that recently opened in Harrods, proving that it is possible to make bold, decorative statements in a retail environment. Hand-in-hand with this new trend will be a new generation of quirky, offbeat products with a decorative feel. Soaps, stationery and tableware that are neither essential nor particularly expensive but which feel a little indulgent will be particularly prominent. Most importantly, they will be the antithesis of the cool, minimal look that has dominated design for far too long.