Monday, January 23, 2012

Interior Design Trends for 2012 ....What to do?

It is that time of year when the design gods reign down on us with what is new!  I am just as fascinated as the rest of you with what is trendy for this year. But I always tend to
be a bit cautious about following trends. A trend can make or break a room. So here are some thoughts on how to use them:
  • Do you like it? Does your family like it too?
  • Does it work in your home and with your decorating style?
  • How financial invested do you want to get with this trend?
  • The best way to be trendy is to use accessories. Paint, lamps, rugs, pillows all are pieces that can be easily changed once a trend has passed.
  • If you are going to commit to a trend, do it early so you can use it longer. But once it passes, be prepared to move on!
Now with that said, let us see what is on the cutting edge for 2012!

One trend that is carrying on into 2012 is comfort and making your home a refuge from the economy and an election year. But we are starting to be brave and that means more color and more fun!

Color POPS!

This years color is Tangerine Tango

Use it as an accent for a quick update!

Green is the new black. Eco-friendly design is a continuing trend. There will be more furnishings that are being repurposed and recycled.

Painted furniture like this antique clock and

 chairs show how to repurpose older pieces and give them a new look.

Brass and Gold are back with hopes for a better economy. This is especially showing up
in lighting and fixtures.

Wood furniture is going lighter and

it is also showing up on floors, walls and ceilings.

Nail heads are showing up as accents on furniture

and other interesting places!

We are seeing smoked glass and reflective pieces

used in all types of rooms.

Wallpaper started to appear in 2011 and is moving full steam into 2012!

Large scale patterns are popular in wallpaper and fabric.

2012 is the Year of the Dragon and it falls on January 23rd. The dragon motif will show up in accessores and other areas of interior decor. Dragons are thought to bring good luck, so this might be a trend to add to your home!

There you have it! What trend is exciting you? Just remember whether traditional, contemporary or transitional, classic interiors stand the test of time. If you need help adding some of these to give your home a fresh, updated look, give me a call and I will be glad to help you.

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