Top interior design trends for 2012 feature rich colors, exotic textiles

By Sara Wardrip

The New Year offers a prime opportunity for reinvention -- and this season’s

interior design trends

are no exception. There couldn’t be a better time than this New Year to liven up your home and give your living spaces a new lease on life. Light, color and texture will be the keys to contemporary style in the months ahead: and by taking a nod from décor trendsetters like Kathryn M. Ireland, Madeline Stuart, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Alexa Hampton, homeowners can get inspired to incorporate bohemian-chic textiles, rustic antiques and architectural dimension to single rooms or the entire house for a look that is fresh, vibrant, modern and unique.

Reinventing a room may seem overwhelming at first. However, it only takes a few fantastic furniture pieces and artful tweaks to shake things up and achieve a stunning new look. By blending a neutral palette with rich colors and patterns inspired by Indian and Middle-Eastern influences, homeowners have countless options to help them wake up the ambiance of a favorite room.

  • Embrace color: consider adding bright, rich color with pillows and drapery – or better yet, simply reupholster aInterior design by Kelli Ford/Source: Splendid Sassfavorite antique chair or French day bed with bright, patterned textiles reflecting the season’s hottest trends.
  • Get creative: adding an unexpected, stellar antique piece or artwork to an understated space is a unique way to achieve a big impact with minimal effort.
  • Add texture and interest: consider adding luxurious textiles with architectural elements such as rustic garden pieces for unconventional pairings that can make an interior memorable.

Personal taste should always be the guide for changes you make to your home; but for inspired assistance, look to designers published in magazines such as Veranda, Elle Décor and House Beautiful. Also, take the time to visit antique stores for the latest trend in antiques: great sources for the best quality antiques are the dealers that buy and search out great pieces in Europe and around the globe.
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