Design Trends of 2012
December 20, 2012
Today’s topic is one of my favorites and that is the conversation about trends in DIY and interior design. Last year I featured a group of very talented ladies who discussed the Design Trends of 2011, and this year I bring you a new lineup of bloggers who I adore! Each one of these fantastic women has a knack for stylish DIY and a fabulous eye for great design.
I follow all of their blogs and love their fearless attitude when it comes to decorating their own homes and those of their clients. All of their spaces are inspiring! Please welcome Emily of Emily A. Clark, Kristin Jackson from The Hunted Interior, Camila Pavone from Effortless Style, and Jenny Komenda of Little Green Noteboook to the blog today for . . .
I asked each of these ladies the same question and their answers and insight are fascinating. I weighed in with my thoughts too (before I read theirs!). Enjoy the interview and be sure to share your responses to any of these questions too.
Here we go . . .
1. What was your favorite interior design trend of 2012?
Emily: I love the use of deep, saturated color that we’ve seen in most of the major shelter magazines. Jewel tones were popular on walls and on furniture, and I think they make for a happy space. I love that more people are embracing bold color – if even on just one piece.
Kristin: Pattern mixing. While this was nothing new, I felt that my clients were more open to bolder patterns being paired together in 2012. Adding in multiple patterns creates depth in a space and provides that layered look that you see in all the magazines.
Camila: Orange has been my favorite color for a couple of years now and in 2012 I got to see the interior design and fashion world embrace it. It’s just such a happy color. It instantly lifts my spirits. I loved seeing it paired with a bold pink or an unexpected lilac.
Jenny: The marbleized pattern trend hit mainstream in a pretty major way this year, which I couldn’t be happier about. There are fabrics, pillows, art and accessories and even furniture you can find marbleized. I just love when a pattern can feel modern, traditional, glam and organic all at once.
Kate: I love the growing popularity of painterly effects! Watercolor prints are so lovely and you can’t deny the impact of large scale abstract paintings on the wall. I adore just about any home accessory with a random splotch or swash of color as if an artist randomly embellished it with his or her paintbrush. I hope we’ll see more of it in 2013, especially in fabrics.
2. What was your least favorite design trend of 2012?
Emily: I’ll preface this by saying I could end up doing in this in my home next month, but for now, I’m less excited about stenciled walls than I once was. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the same patterns over and over again. I think they can work in the right places, but start to get a little predictable as a focal wall or in a powder room. (For all of you who do have stenciled walls, I’m sure they’re lovely…)
Kristin: Neon. I am a fan of bright saturated colors, but not the kind that glow under a black light!
Camila: Yellow and gray. I have nothing against both colors separately, but together is so over. I’ve seen it time and time again and while I loved it a couple of years ago I’m so over it. I think a way to update it is by adding a new color in the mix. Blue always looks great with both yellow and gray, but I would update it by adding a lavender and spring green into the mix. It may sound nontraditional, but it works!
Jenny: I don’t know that I have a least favorite trend, but I’m least happy about how Ikat is getting played out. I LOVE Ikat and always will – it’s just stressing me out a little that it’s everywhere right now. I saw some bad Ikat napkins at the dollar store recently. I mean, what?! Don’t ruin it for me, Dollar Tree!
Kate: I’m so over taxidermy as a trend. It seems every shelter mag featured an animal head as a focal point in a spread this year. Yet I am fond of the ceramic or whimsical takes on animal shapes as decor, those are still fun, but only in the right spaces.
3. What design trends from 2012 will carry into 2013?
Emily: I think industrial-inspired furniture will continue to be popular. It can take a beating and still look great, it lends itself to a casual lifestyle and it can still mix in well with more classic pieces.
Kristin: Traditional lines with a modern touch are here to stay. Historically, design trends tend to revert back to traditional roots when times are tough. Subconsciously it provides a sense of stability, so look for classic lines to continue into 2013.
Camila: I see the use of bold colors continuing into 2013. I think the design world is tired of beige and color isn’t going anywhere. I’m not a huge fan of it, but Belgium and Industrial Chic always seems to come back. Every time I go to a gift fair or home design market it’s always there as the "new" must haves in interior design.
Jenny: I think we’ve been moving to the "anything goes" look in interiors. People are less concerned with matching finishes, colors, and even styles in their homes. I love this eclectic/collected style and think it makes for a much more personal home. People have learned to trust that if they like a piece on its own, then it will work in the story of their home.
Kate: Metallic details are hot, and gold and brass will continue to be the de rigueur metal in 2013. Geometric fabrics will still be popular, but I think we’ll see other patterns emerge beyond the overdone chevron. Herringbone and scalloped patterns are surging, I’ve always loved the messier and muted Missoni inspired zig zags, and I’m really excited about the less symmetric geometrics and botanical patterns coming to market as well.
Hamptons Design House via VT Interiors
4. Any design trends from the past that you’d like to see make a comeback?
Emily: Green shag carpet? Just kidding. It seems everything eventually recycles in one form or another. I think upholstery in a bold pattern can be a risky investment, but it would be cool to see statement pieces like sofas covered in large, modern florals and prints in more spaces.
Kristin: Trim work done in color with neutral walls was a look made popular during the Federal Style. At the time, pigment was extremely expensive, so you got more bang for your buck by painting the trim & leaving the walls a less expensive neutral. I love the idea of incorporating this into a space in the near future.
Camila: I love a bit of granny chic in home decor so I would love to see toile and floral chintz pop up a little more. I think they are both old fashioned and traditional patterns that can be unexpected when added to a room. Add them to a good mix of geometric and solid fabrics and you have a great updated mix.
Jenny: Paisley is kinda cool and vintage-y, and it hasn’t really seen it’s comeback moment yet. I predict it will happen in the next couple of years though. Hmm, now I sort of want to dig through my fabric stacks and pull out that paisley I’ve been hoarding for years now! Maybe some new sofa pillows? Euro shams for my bed?
Kate: I’d love to see really big bold florals come back again. Not the teensy tiny prints of the past but hip and large scale and in crazy cool colorways. Like huge raspberry or chartreuse peonies on an indigo background, fun!
5. Any predictions on design trends, colors, or looks for the New Year?
Emily: Metallics are so hot right now, and I predict we’ll see more of that in accessories, artwork, and maybe fabrics. I think mixing metallics within a room will be something more people become comfortable with doing. I also think we’ll eventually see more brass finishes used in homes again.
Kristin: I think the "new" trellis pattern of 2013 will be the honeycomb. Look for this pattern to appear in fabrics, furniture pieces, lighting, and accessories. It still retains the graphic appeal with a fresher look.
Camila: Oh don’t I wish I had a magic ball to look into the future. I’m not sure what’s going to happen in 2013, but I do have a few favorites I would love to see continued. For color I’m all about emerald green.* There is just something about that screams glamorous. Plus it’s pretty much perfection when you add it to an animal print. For a design trend I think it’s all about the details, a mitered square border on a sofa cushion, flat welt piping on a pillow, contrasting pom pom trim on a window treatment… all important details that make good design happen. For looks I would love to see a bit more of preppy/new traditional design emerge. I love a good eclectic mix as much as anyone, but lately it seems to be all I design and I think we are due for a change.
*Camila answered this question a month before Pantone’s announcement! #soontrend
Jenny: Oxblood or burgundy is huge in fashion and interiors right now. It’s a color I didn’t plan on welcoming in my home for a really long time, but I’m loving how the color mixes with the brights (and even neons – gasp!) a lot of us have been putting in our homes the past few years. I think that will be the next wave of color trend – more muted tones (olive, mustard, mauve, apricot, sage) to mix in with and temper the bright colors.
Kate: In 2013, we will see a lot of color, especially saturated hues, but not so many brights like the neon trend, instead more sophisticated takes in the form of deep jewel tones this time around. The announcement of Emerald as the ‘It Color’ for 2013 set the stage, and I anticipate a lot of rich cobalt/sapphire blues and amethyst violets sharing the spotlight as well as deep and vivid ruby reds having their turn too.
6. What is a design element you love and consider to be timeless?
Emily: Stripes. Okay, maybe I’m biased because we recently painted stripes in our foyer (and they’re not going anywhere for a loooong time!), but I really think stripes -whether on the wall, on pillows, or on a rug – they add a fresh, classic touch to any space. They’re bold and graphic without being overly trendy.
Kristin: Stripes always have been & always will be my go to pattern. A clean classic stripe will always be in style.
Camila: I adore a good polka dot, stripe, and animal print. There are so many variations of each that anyone could easily find a favorite. Of course with so many variations you can down a cheesy road pretty quickly so be cautious.
Jenny: Oh, it’s too hard to pick just one. Here’s a short list of things I’ll likely have in every home I decorate: Persian rugs, velvet fabrics, little French accent chairs in every room, black doors, chunky moulding, oversized art, and statement lighting.
Kate: The medley of dark wood with fresh white. It always works. Pair a traditional pedestal wood table with white contemporary chairs. Combine a dark walnut vanity in a bathroom with marble tile and countertops. Stain your wood floors espresso then paint the walls or trim white. You really can’t go wrong with that foundation.
Thank you so much Emily, Kristin, Camila, and Jenny. It seems we all love stripes, metallics, and the use of bold colors! If you want to read another interesting article on design trends for this year now that it’s almost over, be sure to read last year’s article here.
Now it’s your turn to weigh in. What was your least and/or most favorite design trend of the year? Neon? Ombre? Color block? Dip dye? Got any predictions for 2013 you’d like to share? Join the discussion!
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