I’ve spoken to some of the tutors at renowned Interior Design School, The National Design Academy, to find out what their top interior design trend tips for 2012 are, here’s what they said:
“Pantone has just announced their colour of the year for 2012, and tangerine is most definitely in! Tangerine Tango (Pantone number 17-1463) is a dramatic and seductive twist to Pantone’s former 2011 colour of the year, Honeysuckle. Many forms of orange have, over the years, become increasingly popular with designers, so this is the next step in the orange evolution. Much more energizing and attention grabbing, the colour is now finding its way into the interiors product market, with the likes of Tom Dixon (pendant light), Designers Guild (stripe fabric) and the Carl Hansen ‘Wishbone Chair’ all having the tangerine treatment. It’s not a colour for the fainthearted, but exudes confidence, cool sophistication and vivacious energy.
“Thanks to Kate’s royal wedding dress and our love for all things British, mixed with the 2011 trend of vintage glam, the UK’s design industry is rediscovering the power and charm of lace.”
“My top tip for 2012 is to mix the old with the new for a really eye-catching interior! Pieces of furniture designed and made centuries apart can sit happily side by side if you are clever with how you go about it. You can also add a beautiful modern look to old furniture by changing the upholstery to a modern fabric. This is an affordable way to update the look of a room and is eco friendly as you are reusing antique pieces!”