Fall 2012 Home Décor Trends

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With the oppressive heat we endured this summer it's a good thing that cooler temperatures are finally here. I’ve been looking forward to soup, scarves and sweaters for a while now. Along with cooler temps come great new home décor trends. Now, these won’t appeal to everyone, but there’s enough variation that I’m positive you’ll see at least a couple of things you can’t help but love. Fall 2012 home décor trends really do include something for everyone.


In case you haven't noticed, (how could you miss it!) the fearless neon colors from the 1980s are back in a spirited way. This holds true in both the fashion and home decor worlds, as the two always go hand in hand.

At this year's fashion shows, designers ambitiously displayed sassy hues such as citron, yellow, hot pink and turquoise — yet sensible colors like black, white, cream and navy were also in abundance. In typical fashion, this year’s color palette for home décor complements what we saw on the runways.


Looking at New Jersey-based Pantone Color Institute's colors for fall, it appears the retro vibe reverberates throughout the color report. The trending colors of this fall include Pink Flambe, Ultramarine Green and Bright Chartreuse.

Here are some other key trends we have discovered while trend spotting:

1. The return of sectional sofas.  Sectional seating creates a warm, inviting space for your family and friends to gather and be more communal. Remember the so-called pit seating from the 1970s and 80s? It’s back, only with a deeper seat. It’s all about relaxing and lounging in your space.

2. Fabrics are soft, soft, soft. Trending textures are simply luxurious — from the lightly woven velours and velvets to ultra-suede. Ultra soft fabrics, for instance, appear on overstuffed sofas to create a cozy yet chic seating combination. The style is lounge comfort. You don’t sit on the sofas, you sit in them.

3. Getaway in your home. Home décor experts agree people are entertaining in their homes more, making them willing to invest in high-quality furnishings. People are eager to create luxury getaway environments in their own homes — whether through high-end home theater systems or spa-inspired bathrooms. Exotic destination inspired candles add to the ambience.

4. Everything old is new again when it comes to pattern. Traditional patterns such as chain link and Ikat are on the rise with a present-day color palette. These patterns add a punch of excitement to classic and contemporary room settings.

5. Soft accessories, including pillows, throws and bedding are important — and provide easy ways to inject a dash of the color du jour. Many designers are mixing pillows for a fresh new look: patterns — layered on top of or next to contrasting patterns — are definitely the current trend for home accessories.

6. Vintage is still new. Reproductions of classic pieces and remakes of vintage signs are all the rage.

7. Lastly, never underestimate the elegant durability of leather. It's a major force in the industry for its performance and luxuriance — and the way it can accommodate any lifestyle. A leather sofa, for instance, works perfectly for a family with small children since it's easy to clean. Another perk: leather lasts four times longer than any other fabric.

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