You’ve decided to compare London property prices , you may have even put a deposit down. Now you need to think about designing an interior for your new flat or house that expresses your lifestyle and your needs. We take a look at some of the most beautiful, most quirky and cool interior design ideas we predict to be popular in 2012.
Wallpaper as a focal point hot for 2012
Antique and contemporary antique-look wallpaper continues to be a big trend in 2012. New craftsmen from the past are celebrated and big new designers are heralded. This year it’s the turn of Madeline Weinrib. Her wallpapers and fabrics are inspired by traditional motifs and techniques from the around the world, ranging from Ikat to Moroccan prints.
Reclaimed furniture an enduring trend
Furniture reclaimed from schools (science lab stools and workbenches – anyone?) and brass door fitting reclaimed from demolitions are becoming popular additions to contemporary homes. You can style your interior so that it isn’t obvious that some of your furniture and fittings are reclaimed. That’s part of the point – making the design and materials of the past a seamless part of the future.
Neon tops the colour charts
You might think neon is difficult to use in the home, but for 2012 design companies have come up with innovative and subtle ways to put a pop of loud colour into your home. Try neon as an accent (rather than as a wall shade for your bedroom) and incorporate it into glassware, backlit mirrors, splashed onto wood as colour and woven into textiles. If neon makes you tremble, then try its cousin chartreuse, a slightly dulled bright green that is perfect around kitchens.
Minimalist fittings with unique and free flourishes are perhaps the key trends for 2012. The focus is on showing your resourcefulness and pleasure in finding useful and quirky things to decorate your home.