Just when we were getting comfortable looking at the minimalist pages of RealSimple magazine and the barely-there furniture of Design Within Reach, it seems we’re trending back to a little romance and clutter… at least in the kitchen.

According to the trend-tracking Home Furnishings Monitor, the clean contemporary styles that dominated dinner dishes and other tabletop acrutements the past decade are declining in popularity. Claiming 51% of the tabletop market in 2007, contemporary styles are expected to drop to 28% by 2010.

Driving the new trends are European styles, growing to 29% by 2010… and expected to be on par with contemporary dinner dishes offerings at your local tableware store.

No surprise, favorite European styles are proving to be the well-entrenched French Country style (who doesn’t crave a French kitchen and a baguette?) and feminine English Country styles (Laura Ashley is looking for a big comeback). But aggressive growth is also expected in more sophisticated European styles, including formal French, stately neo-classical and lavish Rococo designs. Picture upscale table settings with tiered plate or footed cake stands, elegant punch bowls and glowing candelabras and you’ve got the idea!

Source: Home  World Business, Spring 2009.