Interior Design Trends For 2012

A new year beings with it lots of new interior design trends, and we've got some cracking tips to help you liven up an old room and give your house a fresh lease of life. Find comfort in your old rooms by adding some accessories to fit in with the chic trends of 2012.

Psychedelic 70s

The 70s are back (again) with a vengeance and groovy patterns are popping up everywhere in the interior design world. Think bold, bright and fabulous colours - funky wallpaper, 70s print cushions - be careful not to go overboard, you want to achieve a contemporary 70s look rather than a tasteless one. Velour sofas, shag pile rugs and monochrome against bold and bright colours are perfect ways to create the 70s vibe.

Industrial

Industrial furniture is one of the biggest trends of 2012, and is featuring everywhere. Rustic, old, second-hand and vintage furniture is in so get visiting those car boot sales and vintage furniture shops to grab yourself a bargain and trend-setting piece. Industrial furniture includes the likes of old children's lift up lid school desks with inkwells, draughtsmen's drawers and factory-style furniture. Scratched metal tables from industrial kitchens vintage maps are also key interior design pieces this year.


Stripes

Stripes can look quirky, or they can look demure - depending on where you put them. Stripey wallpaper is very a la mode this year, especially horizontal stripes. try stripey cushion covers if you're not quite ready to take the stripey wallpaper plunge.

Animal Prints

Animals prints have been a popular choice for the last few years - zebra and leopard prints in particular but now it's time to branch out and go for all sorts of jungle prints. Make a bold statement with tiger print, or perhaps a bit of giraffe?

Foxes

This year's motif is the fox, and they are lurking about everywhere: fox ornaments, foxes on cushions and duvets, on lunch boxes, on bowls and plates, tea towels and chopping boards. Grab yourself a foxy accessory to fit in with 2012's fox motif trend.

Getting Crafty

Homemade crafts have made a massive comeback in the past year or two, the recession has turned us crafty, designing home wear to save money, but it's also an enjoyable hobby to get into. Instead of starting from scratch, you could add ribbons or buttons to cushion covers to give them a homemade look.

All of the above ideas should inspire you to add a sprinkle of 2012 to your home, if you can't afford to completely redecorate, you can just add a few accessories to give your rooms a new, trendier feel and if you can afford to decorate a few rooms, be sure to use interior design software to plan first. Planning is key and will ensure you won't have to make amendments afterwards or during the labouring - saving you time and money. Planning your interiors on home design software is quick and easy, and changes can be easily made with the click of a button. You can enter your room's dimensions making all measurements and furniture placements perfectly accurate. You can even select wall colours to get a grasp of your room's colour scheme.