Part of interior design is looking ahead to the future. You might just start a room remodel and find that all of your decorating ideas are already out-of-date before the room is even completed. That's why it's important to look ahead at furniture trends, especially when redecorating or remodeling an entire room. Of course, always be sure to pair your furniture trends with timeless pieces. Otherwise, you'll find yourself redecorating sooner than you had intended.
Contemporary but Modern
One design trend that has been reemerging in the past few years is the look of tufted furniture. Tufted headboards, tufted sofas and tufted armchairs have all made an appearance and will continue to make an appearance for the next few years in interior design magazines, stores, business, websites, features and shows everywhere.
Recently, the reemergence of designs and decorating ideas that are specific to the mid-century modern look have also appeared. Choose tufted sofas that feature these clean lines, as they will blend the best within contemporary or modern interior design styles. Furthermore, clean lines will allow you to use these sofas or chairs for years without having them ever feel out-dated or out-of-place. The tuft is trendy, the lines are classic. This helps make the tufted mid-century pieces somewhat timeless, which is ideal for living room designs or bedroom designs.
Another popular furniture trend for 2012 will be the continued use of reclaimed materials: metals, glass and wood. Look for pieces made from reclaimed beams, barn wood and even old flooring. Reclaimed materials are versatile because you can make nearly any piece of furniture from them: tables, chairs, headboards, desks, console tables, media stands and so forth.
Glass recycled pieces are also relatively easy to come by and still relatively inexpensive. In interior design, saving money is always a plus and it will allow you to save up for more expensive pieces, like that reclaimed barn wood console table you've been eyeing.
Oriental and Other Global Influences
In furniture, you may just see some more oriental or global influences. The lines may be reminiscent of Oriental architecture, such as the Japanese temples. It is not unusual for interior design elements to take their cue from architecture, especially influential architecture.
Furniture that features an Oriental or other global influence can work in a number of different designs: bedroom designs, living room designs, home office designs and guest bedroom designs.Furniture Trends for 2012