Saturday, February 11, 2012

Trending Décor for 2012

I am excited to have Christina Johnson guest post today! She works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the NYC Apartments and Rentals market. She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.

Christina will be talking decorating trends, which I am always interested in as a fairly new homeowner on the lookout for what can make my home more me. Enjoy!

A few years ago homeowners that did not like the way their house looked would simply move into a new home or undertake an expensive remodeling project. Today, that option is not available so many people are trying to make the best of the space that they have. However, changing your home's interior decor can be refreshing and make it feel like a completely new space. Here are some modern interior design trends and some ways that you can implement them in your home for a fresh new look.

Retro Colors
There has been a return to the 1960s and 1970s and the colors associated with this era. This includes neon colors, such as lime green, bright yellow and hot pink. The modern trend is to combine these bright colors with neutral shades to tone them down. For example, add neutral colored furnishings and curtains with a splash of color, like a bright yellow. An ottoman can be added that has a gray and green fabric. Add a focal wall that is a bright green or pink with a solid colored piece of furniture in front of it.

Green Living
Another popular green decorating trend is incorporating materials that are good for the environment. More homeowners are concerned about the environment and consuming energy at a lower rate to save money in the long run. For example, you may want to replace your windows with more efficient windows that have thicker panes. You may also want to position the windows so that you get as much light as possible through the windows. Another option is to add bamboo flooring or cork flooring when you need to replace your flooring.

Many people have had to downsize their lifestyle and their home. This has resulted in having smaller homes that must serve multiple purposes. A living room may convert into a dining room with the placement of a well-positioned table or a large coffee table that can be used for dining. Offices are placed in small nooks or converted closets. Outdoor spaces may be more utilized and can benefit from the addition of a pergola or other structure that provides some protection from the elements.

Woven Pieces
The recession has brought about resurgence in domestic items. Younger people have learned how to weave, crochet and sew. This has brought about the addition of woven items being interwoven in the design. Chairs, lamps, chandeliers, ottomans, tablecloths and benches can all have components that are woven.

Being aware of interior design trends can help you decorate your home in a modern and fresh way. Simple changes, such as the addition of a new color, piece of furniture or accessory can help you breathe new life into your space.

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