12 Apr 2012

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Interior design trends for 2012

We’re already a quarter of the way through the year, and if you’re feeling stuck in a bit of a rut already, a refresh of your interior décor may be just the thing you need to reinvigorate yourself and your home.

Like clothing, interior design trends and styles come and go, so we’ve rounded up the top interior design trends for 2012 and 2013, and compiled some tips on how to incorporate these styles into your own home.

Bright neon colours

One of the trends we’re seeing emerge for 2012/2013 is bright colours. That’s not to say youbright colored candle accessories should run out and buy a tub of neon orange paint and slap it all over your walls (unless of course you’re prone to make extremely impulsive decisions when it comes to home décor) but a few splashes of colour in accessories like cushions, rugs and throws are an easy, non-committal way to add the bright colour trend to your rooms.

Pretty pastels

On the catwalks this year, we saw plenty of gorgeous pale pinks, pastel greens and bird’s egg blues, and this is one fashion trend which has definitely trickled over in to the world of interior design and decorating. Get in on the trend with a pretty pastel shade of lemon on the walls, a new tablecloth or rug in a pastel pink, or some new wall art or prints in muted, pale colours.

Vintage knick knacks

Vintage knick knacks and titbits always give a home a more lived in, homely feel, and we’re seeing it more and more in the homes of some of the most stylish people around the world.

Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston’s home is adorned with gorgeous ornate vintage chairs, soft floral curtains, antique silver trays topped with pretty perfume bottles, and retro tea tins scattered throughout the kitchen and living room.

Follow suit by heading to the markets or a second hand store, and sourcing out three or four inexpensive items that will complement what you already have in your home. Don’t go overboard though – remember that adding just a few vintage bits and pieces at a time is the key to keeping your home looking stylish, instead of looking like your local thrift store.


Author bio: Sarah Paige enjoys loves looking at interior design based in Vale, and her interior décor projects are inspired by the beautiful natural landscape surrounding her home.

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