Thursday, March 22, 2012


INTERIOR DESIGN Forecast 2012 - FURNISHINGS.  Part 2  

Advising on furniture trends 2012, (or color trends 2012 for that matter),  without turning our focus to the movement in fabrics would be an obvious oversight. Leather is abundant. Presented in a wide variety of style and color, leather is making the fashion statement from the contemporary to the traditional interior.
Perennials Fabrics
Osman Chair - Poppy Leather

Colors range from black and white (of course), charcoal, all shades of grey, to beige, caramel, and the many shades of neon-such as lime green, poppy orange and even yellow. 

Another great development for 2012 is that environmentally conscious fabrics will finally be really accessible and affordable in most price categories.

Desert Moon - Ralph Lauren Home

Benson Chair - Neutral Linen

Veering off to the Organics are woven, hemp-like characteristics. Nubby cottons, loose weaves, and Belgium linens will come on strong and be found in soft earth tones like warm whites, sandy beiges, light greys and tans.

Exterior fabrics have come a long way since the days of having only 5 color choices offered in only stripes or solids. ‘Perennials’ makes a fabulous line of outdoor fabric which is now being used by Restoration Hardware. You cannot tell whether it’s indoor or outdoor piece goods. The patterns, colors, and textures measure up in any interior edifice.

Where heavy use and high traffic seating is mainstream, the Perennials line of outdoor fabric provide a fresh change from the 'all too common' suede microfiber for sofas, sectionals and chairs. With a wide range of prints to choose from, they are just as easy to clean and maintain as faux suede. 

And yes; oversize prints are still going strong in 2012.
Photo credit: Perennials
So what's the hold up? Buy something yellow, paint a wall grey, find a rustic wood side table, cover a sofa in a large-print hemp, and hang some huge black and white photos of your favorite adventure.

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