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As 2011 draws to a close, I know we're all eager to move forward into a new year with new home decor trends. But before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, let's take a look back at what trends have impacted our home this year and will continue to influence our design decisions in 2012!
Striped Walls. Whether subtly tone on tone or bold and graphic, striped walls made a big design statement this year. With a little patience (and a handy level!) this is one trend that's easy to DIY.
Gallery Walls. Instead of featuring one large painting, collage-style groupings of small framed pieces are an affordable and on-trend alternative. Mixing and matching art, mirrors, and photographs creates a richly layered look.
Green Design. Both practical and beautiful, green design has been a trend for years and will only continue to be! Recycled materials, re-purposed items, and earth-friendly products are a stylish way to reduce waste and help out mother nature.
Mid-Century modern. The clean lines and chic styling of the 1950's and 1960's is back! Classic Eames chairs, Noguchi coffee tables, Sputnik lights, and Saarinen tables have made their way back into our hearts and homes.
Reclaimed wood. Charming and rustic, reclaimed wood has transitioned from furniture to walls and floors. The weathered texture and relaxed look makes this a trend that's sure to stay.
Mixed metals. Once taboo (gold and silver together - gasp!), mixing metals creates a luxe and opulent look that has a worldly and well-travelled charm.
Patterned wallpaper. 2011 was a year to have fun with walls! High end design houses brought back patterned wallpaper with a modern twist - think gorgeous faux bois prints, fun large-scale patterns, and papers with tasteful metallic accents.
Black walls. Not just for nightclubs, dark walls have made a bold and dramatic interior statement this year. This look works best where low, intimate lighting is appropriate, like a dining room or small guest powder room. (Read more about the trend of black walls here!)
Chevron patterns. Whether on walls, floors, fabric, or furniture, the graphic chevron pattern is a versatile print with retro appeal.
Vintage Interiors. Continuing the green design trend, vintage furniture and housewares have made a huge comeback. Hunting around thrift stores and scouring garage sales for secondhand treasures isn't just for broke college students anymore! Vintage style is an easy and affordable look to incorporate into modern decor.
What was your favorite design trend this past year? What are you excited to see coming to the world of interior design in 2012?
Image credits: Lonny Mag, House and Home, Re-Nest, Vinewood House, Vosgesparis, The Decorista, Design*Sponge, Freshome, Decorista Daydreams, Danielle Thompson.
Hi. I’m Lesley. I’m a collage artist and interior stylist. Common advice tells me to pick one discipline and focus on it – but I’ve never been known for being common. I make beautiful things and create beautiful spaces, because surrounding yourself with beauty and inspiration just makes life better. Your home and the things in it should feel effortlessly mixed and matched, with just a little bit of weird thrown in. The unexpected keeps life interesting.
My design talents have been showcased as a junior designer at Kimberley Seldon Design Group (Toronto); project manager at Studio La Beauté (Toronto); showroom manager at Reid & Lyons Designer Trimmings (Toronto); freelance designer at Burnham Design (Los Angeles); and interior design stylist at Lamps Plus and 55 Downing Street (Los Angeles).
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I love the striped walls! Great post, thanks!