Furniture Trends to Watch For In 2012
Are you ready to redecorate? When guests walk into your home, do they think they’ve stepped backwards through time? If so, you may be interested in the latest interior decorating trends. When it comes to furniture, styles change, and for 2012, they have changed dramatically.
Here are the trends you should be aware of when redecorating your domicile:
1. Television Stands
Modern, angular television stands are making a comeback. When flat screen televisions were released, the trend was to ditch the stand and hang the television on the wall like a piece of art. Take your flat panel screen off of the living room wall and give it a piece of furniture to sit on!
New television stands look like real furniture. The new stands have drawers, places to store components and are taller than their decades-old relatives. You can find stands in modern hues like purple, blue, red and green or in traditional finishes like brown, black and white.
2. Console Loveseats
Have you ever walked into a friend’s home only to be stricken green with envy at their large, over-stuffed console sofa? If you have a small space, you no longer have to be jealous of your friend’s huge living room! Console loveseats are not only perfect for small spaces, but are ultra-affordable.
With storage consoles, cup holders, head-rests and plush cushions, you can relax in comfort, even if your living room leaves something to be desired when it comes to square footage. Look for fabrics in rich colours and patterns or go for more masculine styles in leather or wool.
3. Multifunctional Pieces
Look for furniture that can perform double-duty. Ottomans that open to reveal storage compartments, sleek storage beds that eliminate the need for added dressers, cupboards and chests and comfortable sofas that can double as a guest bed are all great choices. Rather than cluttering your home with dozens of pieces, choose a few modern, multifunctional pieces. Cluttered is out, sleek and modern is in!
Your choice of materials is wide open this year. Walk into any furniture store and there is literally something for everyone. You’ll find upholstery in leather, houndstooth, microfiber and organic cotton. Rather than choosing prints, consider solid materials in bold colours and accent your furniture with throws, pillows and cushions.
Look for materials that are easy to clean and durable. Avoid fabrics treated with Teflon and furniture coated with high-VOC finishes. The trend in materials is to go organic and eco-friendly. These materials are better for both your health and the environment.
Colour is king this year. From walls to furniture, bold splashes of colour reign supreme. Monochromatic looks are the most modern and can lend visual appeal to any room. Paint your walls in a bold hue, select neutral furniture and highlight your room with shades of the colour you’ve selected for your walls.
If you aren’t ready to saturate your home with colour, consider neutral shades for your walls, keep to the same tone with your furniture and add splashes of colour with your accessories. The trend in colour is leaning towards single colours in multiple hues, giving your home an ultra-modern feel.
Trends change and if these aren’t striking your fancy, you can always wait until next year. Remember: your home is yours. It’s a place that should make you feel comfortable when you enter it. Following the trends can be fun, but your home should also suit your personality. No matter how you choose to redecorate, make sure your home is your oasis!
Amanda Peters is a writer and interior decorating offering reviews of the latest in modern furniture for the home. She enjoys searching the internet for the latest trends and unique furniture finds!
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