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Spring Summer Interior Design Trends 2012
This year’s spring and summer interior design trends hold lots of promise, with new colours, novel textures, bright designs and innovative technologies like electric heating systems that are sure to make any home feel warm, chic and fashionable. Fresh from the latest interior design shows, here are four of the hottest new trends.
Brave New Colours
In today’s busy global marketplace, trends jump from fashion to furnishings almost instantly. Colour blocking is probably the hottest trend in either industry. Colour blocking masses strong colours against each other to create an overall effect that feels fresh and fun. A teal chair may sit on a yellow area rug against an orange wall. The key to making colour blocking work is to choose colours with the same saturation, brilliance and hue. To be effective, forms, shapes and lines shouldn’t compete for attention. The trick is to let the colour blocking speak for itself.
Those who find colour blocking too extreme for their tastes may prefer a palette that features more subtle hues. Muted pastels are another trending colour scheme, particularly when accented with grey. Grey is quickly replacing tan as the go-to neutral colour. It’s even showing up in the nursery, softened by creams and whites.
An on-going trend towards upholstered furniture that emphasizes comfort is getting an extra plush feeling through the use of chunky new textiles. Interior design has been drifting towards softer contours and deeper cushions for some time, and these new oversized knits are capitalising on this continuing trend. The textiles look as if they have been knitted with thick yarn on giant needles. The most effective chunky knits are multi-coloured, with subtle gradations of colour that add even more depth and dimension to the look.
Octagons, hexagons and triangular shapes are turning up on places where pattern is expected, such as on wallpapers and fabrics, but are showing up on unexpected surfaces as well, such as on tables and cabinets with inlaid wood or painted patterns. Subdued colours make the geometrical patterns feel organic and natural.
The overall trend toward comfort is influencing choices for home improvements, too. Electric heating systems, for example, are not only proving to be a modern alternative to traditional central heating, but proving that they can work well in stylish interior design as well. Whether as baseboard heaters or as an in-floor heating, electric heating systems can heat homes discreetly, keeping rooms warm without sacrificing style.
From a fresh approach to colour to furnishings with a tactile, natural style, the new interior design trends promise to have some staying power. Spring and summer design trends for 2012 combine comfort and creativity, demonstrating a maturing consumer base that understands that homes should feel as warm and welcoming as they look.
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