A New Year, a new beginning– ah, isn’t it wonderful? Whatever the weather, this is a perfect time for opening up the metaphorical windows and letting the sun stream in, even if we can’t do so literally just yet. The New Year is about fresh starts and creating an optimistic, blissful mood that will pave the way for 2012. In an effort to shake things up, feel current and have a bit of fun many of my clients have inquired about Trends in home interiors for the upcoming year. Here’s what you’ll be seeing:
- ORANGE IS THE IT COLOR. In 2011 PATNONE’S cheery pinkish color “honeysuckle” was formulated to encourage us to face our everyday troubles with verve and vigor. 2012’s color of the year PANTONE 17-1463 “tangerine tango” –a spirited reddish orange– continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward. Sounds like a large order perhaps, but can’t deny that accessories in this high-impact hue are sure to add spice to any room.
- EASTERN INFLUENCE. Now that global travel has a major influence on interior design there is new momentum in the melding of Eastern and Western styles and barriers between these cultures has dissolved. As a result, we’re seeing exotic style in accessories , textiles, wall and window treatments, and upholstery.
- CONFIDENT COLOR. Large swatches of solid hues are the key to this look. More than “pops” of color provided by pillows and accessories we’re seeing heavily saturated color. Overdyed rugs are popular and bold solid colored upholstered pieces (I’m loving mohair and velvet).
- HYPERREALISM. High definition is IN. This genre of exquistily rendered painting and sculpture resembles that of a photograph. Whether your style or not, its certainly an artform worthy of appreciation.
- WALLPAPER. I installed wallcovering in 13 of my clients homes last year. From grasscloth, to toile, to birds to stripes I don’t see this trend taking a back seat anytime soon.
- PLANTS AS ACCESSORIES. Greenery is sprouting up everywhere in stylish homes. Large leafed trees look sculptural and modern — almost as if an exclaimation point in the room. And smaller desert style shrubs are rearing there heads as unique centerpeices. For us NON proclaimed greenthumbs, stick to tropical plants like succulents and orchids which require minimal watering.
- OVERSIZED LIGHT FIXTURES. Bigger IS better when it comes to light fixtures. We’re talking maximum impact so it’s important to let the fixture itself be the focal point. In the right space it can bring a sense of scale, humor and play. This is by far my favorite trend of the year.
- SCULPTURAL MIRRORS. Hung above a mantel , over the bed, or in the foyer these mirrors in multifacted shapes allow for a look that’s more dynamic and artistic than the go-to rectangular mirror of yesteryear.
- GLASS ACCENTS. Whether true italian murano, or a marbelized faux this medium is appearing as lamp bases, desk accessories and vases. Some of the richly patterned hues can be incredibly showstoppers.
- WINDOW COVERINGS. Don’t go naked! Not just for privacy anymore, the decorative value of drapes, fabric valances and woven shades means they are being used in abundance even over traditional wood blinds and shutters.
- REFINED INDUSTRIAL. In 2012 beauty meets the beast. Though the look is still true to its factory roots, with rough wood and steel elements there is still an unexpected elegance. The pieces below are a case in point.
So there you have it! When being a trendsetter having fun is the most important factor! Cheers to decorating in 2012!