Color Trends 2012 – Design Trends 2012

A new year means a fresh start – and a fresh look at interior design trends! I stopped in to Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis to talk with Kathy Basil about the trends she is most looking forward to in the new year, including color trends for 2012 and interior design trends for 2012.

First, we talked about color, since color influence just about everything in design. Kathy says to still look for greys to dominate the neutral category, but other than that it’s all about the accent colors. Mustard, tangerine, plum and deep turquoise all stand out beautifully when paired with a grey neutral.

Hirshfield’s Color Is Paint; (0115) Sophistication, (0934) Lemon Essence, (0690) Blue Period, (1038) Jack-O-Lantern, (0211) Light Lichen
(*Colors may appear different on computer screen)

It’s clear that these colors are ones to watch in the new year, as they were popping up all over the Design Studio!

Warm metals are also on-trend for 2012. Instead of bright, shiny metal, look for warm tones of gold and bronze. These metals have a softer look and play well with the color palette for 2012.

Art takes on a more dimensional look in 2012 with wall sculptures. Kathy describes this trend as a welcome break from flat art pieces. But she cautions that you shouldn’t put wall sculptures in every wall in your house. Just a couple pieces here and there will add enough variety and interest.

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