Hot Home Trends for 2012
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Tangerine Dream2 of 13
Exuberant orange made a splash on spring fashion runways, and Pantone declared Tangerine Tango the color of the year. Popular in the '50s, this power hue packs a modern punch in paint colors such as Farrow & Ball's Charlotte's Locks No. 268 and Benjamin Moore's Tangy Orange 2014-30.
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Against The Grain3 of 13
"Traditional wooden floor patterns are coming to dinner," says HGTV's Sabrina Soto. "These rich wooden surfaces add even more character to a functional surface, making tablecloths a thing of the past."
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Star Treatment4 of 13
Soto also predicts that more everyday items like trashcans, utensils and mixers will get a decorative update with paint and decals. "Home products are taking center stage as they get dressed up in unexpected pattern and sun-kissed pops of color," she says.
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Scan Glam5 of 13
Most think Ikea when considering Scandanavian design. But there's more out there than the build-it-yourself options. This year marks the return to elegance in solid materials and simple forms. Look for light, birch woods and natural shapes from brands like Marimekko and Normann Copenhagen.
Paper Trail6 of 13
According to Happy Chic guru Jonathan Adler, wallpaper's comeback will continue to gain momentum. "People are now embracing it for larger spaces like the living room and bedroom," he says.
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Local Time7 of 13
Growing interest in locally made, handcrafted goods has ushered in the New American Revival. "Owning American-made products gives a great sense of pride," says Paul Georgeson of Misewell Modern Furniture, a Milwaukee-based design company. "Plus local manufacturing is ideal for the environment and the economy."
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Modern History8 of 13
For Upcycling author and green design expert Danny Seo, what's old is new. "Vintage farm, Americana, Amish influences—2012 is very much all about the modern country home." Where to begin? Opt for natural hues in your bedroom, like creamy whites, bark browns and sea-glass greens to bring the outdoors in.
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Cool & Collected9 of 13
For 2012, the straight-from-a-catalogue look is out. Edit your own treasured belongings for a storied look. "We are always inspired by travel and reference antiques and vintage furniture," say Lauren Gold and Sasha Adler, associate design directors at Nate Berkus. Surf their favorite sources for vintage furniture and lighting: www.1stdibs.com, www.ebay.com and www.johnsalibello.com
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Finished Fusion10 of 13
Opposites attract, as the trend of rough-hewn organic forms gets more stylized and sleek. "The ubiquitous nature motifs of the last few years are getting a future-forward, refined edge," says L.A.-based decorator and design director Christos Prevezanos. "Unusual combinations are going to make a big impact." Look out for interesting combos such as lambskin with acrylic and wood with polished metal.
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Market Watch11 of 13
The eclectic and charming Paris Flea Market look is getting a modern edge. "Design and culture really go hand in hand, and everyone seems to be going French," says L.A.-based interior decorator Trip Haenisch. "From bold and contemporary toiles to updated fauteuils, the trend is a Francophile's dream."
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Large-Scale Luxe12 of 13
Giant lighting fixtures, wall-length floor mirrors and huge art pieces become breathtaking elements in otherwise low-key rooms. Ixxi, a Netherlands-based site, sells cards that can be assembled and hung to cover an entire wall, like this eye-catching collection of plate images.
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High Ideals13 of 13
As we move forward, consumers are demanding more quality, function and social responsibility from design. "Modern takes on a whole new meaning as we head into the future," says Rose Apodaca of A+R in Venice, Calif. "Our design-savvy customers increasingly express an awareness and appreciation for how products are made."
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