Decorating and interior design trends for 2012
So you are thinking about redecorating your home and which colours and designs to choose from. Well, here is a great list of the top five interior design trends for 2012, which may be of use to you.
Mid century modern
This look has been growing in popularity over the last few years and is most certainly at the height of its popularity now. There are a bundle of high street shops that are embracing the look and using these fantastic trends in their ranges, from their furniture right through to their accessories.
The mid century modern look, is usually used to describe furnishings and interior designs that resemble those that were around in the middle of the 20th century, from roughly around 1933 to 1965. The colours from this time tended to be light and were never too bold. Your rooms should look subtle and neat. The egg chair is a classic mid century modern design.
Not the coolest of eras with today’s youth, the 70s were never going to be as cool as the swinging sixties and they were eclipsed by the absurd 80s. But, in terms of interior design, the 70s are back with a vengeance. Sh*g pile rugs are still popular and now wallpaper manufacturers are selling brave and bold designs in original colours again.
Wall panelling, floral prints and even velour are coming back in, but beware, in order to get this look right you have to walk a fine tightrope between cool-contemporary and tasteless pastiche. So, be careful, aim to be more Abba, than Boomtown Rats.
This is one of my personal favourites and could be called anything from industrial to utilitarian, but whatever you call it, if you were to deck your house out with this upcycled look you will be the talk of your friends. Obtaining the look is simple, if it looks like it would be at home in a factory, grab it.
You can use over-sized metal lighting and scrubbed wooden or metal tables, or even old school desks with lift-up lids or inkwells. All you need to do is get a bundle of industrial items and soften the look with some more homely additions to make the blend subtle and effective.
Pastels with neon brights
This trend revolves around a two-tone colour palette and can include feature walls and statement furniture. If you use pastel shades including lilac, cotton blue and coral as the basis for your room design, then all you have to do to make this look complete is throw in some specks of bright neon colours like bright reds, limes and purples.
This trend is modern but again it needs to be done properly to look good, but with this look you can afford to be a little less subtle. You need to carefully balance minimalism with maximalism wherever possible.
Now, this look is in contrast of the mid century modern, and the bare clinical look of the industrial style, but believe it or not, Victorian furnishings and designs are back in fashion.
Ornaments, ornate furniture and busy designs are all integral to this look. But you can make it a little more pared back, for example by using blinds instead of big heavy drapes, or you could even use a little less furniture than the Victorians would, it is up to you.
Pictures: Joel Lee, jingdianjiaju2, Jo-H, Justin and Elsie, James Tilks.
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