Top 5 Decorating Trends for Fall 2012

If you are thinking about freshening up your home for the fall, but you want to try something different and dramatic, here are some ideas to point you in the right direction. These are the looks currently being embraced by designers and clients alike, so read on and give them a try!

2012 Fall ColorsFRESH COLORS OF FALL: First things first. The driving force for an updated look is an updated color palette. Here are the colors that designers have been working on since February to bring you high fashion this fall. As you can see, it is a surprising mix of brights and neutrals that we get to play with!

A TASTEFUL MIX: Never before has mixing and matching been so popular in interior design. The rulebook is practically out the window – with only one rule left to follow:

BE DELIBERATE. A catchall room is not “eclectic.” A true execution of this design takes careful planning. What’s hot right now is the mixing of pieces that look very “old,” such as antiqued, distressed, or weathered furnishings, with pieces that look very “new” or more sleek and contemporary. A modern drum shade light fixture, for example, over a weathered farmhouse kitchen table. This trend could also be applied to mixing materials within a piece. A beat up Bergere chair could be updated with a fun, geometric fabric pattern and painted with an unexpected new color.

BOLD GEOMETRIC AND ETHNIC PATTERNS: Ikat, Suzani, and Kilim patterns are stronger than ever this season, especially in an oversized scale and in the fresh new colors of fall. Navajo patterns are also becoming popular, not only in rugs but in accent pillows and bedding designs. Even the classic paisley is trending more into the ethnic side, with spicier, more exotic motifs and color combinations.

TAILORED DETAILS IN UPHOLSTERY: This trend was quite prevalent at this year’s High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina. Gone are the days of overstuffed, oversized upholstery. Now we find sleeker, more streamlined frames, but the trend is in the details. The pieces are accented with tufting to keep the look plush, or pleating for that custom designer look. Nailheads in upholstery are a classic and will never go out of style.

TAILORED WINDOW TREATMENT DESIGN: Following the trend in upholstery, window treatments are also less fussy these days. Tailored designs are preferred, with more focus on the colors, the texture, and the pattern of the fabric itself. Simple panels with designer hardware continue to be popular, but there is a new favorite – fabric roman shades. Compared to blinds and shutters, the look is clean, but soft, and the views are unobstructed when the shades are drawn up.

So these are the top trends to update your look this fall. I hope you try some of the new colors and some of these popular decorating ideas. Remember, a little “something new” can make a huge difference in updating an “old” space.

Leslie Sarmiento, “Your Personal Interior Decorator”
Interior designer, published author, speaker… and lover of beautiful spaces!
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