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Home Decor Trends That Will Lead 2012 By Storm: Part 1

Home Decor Trends That Will Lead 2012 By Storm: Part 1


Home decor has become quite a happening thing that can encompass your whim and personality more and more. It is more widely accepted to make your space a unique one instead of trying to keep up with the Jones'. Let's take a look at what trends became red hot in 2011 and are sure to become more so as 2012 launches off.

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Owls & Birds

The owl is a decor trend that has been there all along in some shape or form since the 1900's. Through taxidermy, design inlay on a leather piece or stitched in to a hanky, these mysterious night creatures have been a part of our culture as a piece of interest for a very long time. I remember my grandmother had a macramé owl in her indoor greenhouse when I was a child and other various owl decor in a very 1970's fashion.

green ceramic | white ceramic | tan ceramic | stonewarewooden | pillow with print | dish set  | pillow screen print  | coastersceramic wall hook | calendar

The recent trend of owls from about 2009 through the present has definitely picked up on a new level of design playing off of vintage styles with a modern day twist that makes them not so tasteless, but fascinating and simply adorable from everything home decor, holiday ornaments, fashion and party decor. People can't seem to get enough owl.

grey and pink room | pink and green room | neuteral | white minimalist

The owl and bird trend in general, is not slowing down. At any rate it's expanding with every which way it can. Other flighted creatures can also be seen in home decor in continuing trends, such as the little "blue bird" but owls seem to be on a branch of their own.

Wall Art - The Family Tree

circles with patterns & colors | blue lettered tree | 3D boxed tree | vintage blue and black treeelegant large tree | curly tree Continue Pinterest search on family tree wall art...

Wall decals and wall silhouettes with paint are not super new, but more recent trending is the art of the family tree, literally. Family tree, wall art is something to look out for more of in 2012.

Stair Makeovers

I am constantly amazed at what people are doing these days with their houses. These stair makeovers certainly came to be in 2011 and I don't see them going anywhere except up in 2012. Think of the possibilities! I don't know about you, but I'd love to makeover a set of stairs with COLOURlovers patterns! If only I had stairs...

yellow patterns | candy colors | rose girly wordspetal pattern | pantone swatches | colorfully carpeted

I adore these yellow stairs with varying patterns! Definitely something one could do with custom wall paper and some COLOURlovers made patterns! Aside from big booming bright

light blue patterns | black zig zagcrazy pattern mix | happy colorful words 

Patterns, patterns everywhere! There is also no shortage of big bold colorful stairs with a variety of messages leading up or down the steps. Why wasn't this a fad 20 years ago, it's so simple?

color names + slide stairs

If all else fails, go with stairs and a slide! I love how minimal, yet fun this set of stairs look. I love how this area is centered around the kids in the house, noting that there is a slide with a huge arrow pointing downhill. I could see many hours being spent here!

The Rebirth of Ruffles, Ruffles and more Ruffles

Boy have ruffles really been hot the last year or two and they're only getting hotter and more varied. Pre-ruffled fabric, now available to everyone, has been taking fashion and home decor enthusiasts by storm in 2011.

white duvet partial ruffles | beige duvet partial ruffles | plumb full ruffle duvet | aqua gradient full ruffle duvet

In the past, ruffles have more traditionally been a seen on the fashion scene or when done with interiors in the 90's on fairly tasteless fabric (to our generation) and nothing like what's happening now. People love ruffles so much that it seems they have been incorporating them anywhere possible!

pile of ruffled pillows | coral pillow | dark gray pillow | pale pink ruffle-line pillow | stripes single ruffle pillow | hot pink full of ruffles pillow

From throw pillows, bed spreads, curtains, you name it, it can be covered in ruffles! What a great way to add physical texture to your home, but personally, take in to consideration that too much ruffle could happen.

dark gray ruffled curtains | tiny white ruffle striped curtains | teal and purple ruffle curtains | white ruffled tablecloth | hot pink 2 row ruffled curtains | gradient orange, coral to plumb ruffle curtains

The year is sure to bring on some exciting changes as well as morph and continue some of the quite popular trends of 2011.

Do you see any brand new trends for 2012 to claim all by itself? Were you looking for some digital assets to add to your decor? Check out Creative Market for some awesome downloads.


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superflippy

I don't know about the owls - I feel like they're already overexposed. Of course, that doesn't mean that the trend won't show up everywhere on the mass market anyway!
Love the decorative stairs, especially the ones with different patterns on each riser.

caori

I think this indoor slide is not just funny but also safe (for all age):


or this one:


Link to more funy slides and stairs.



Link 2
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mollybermea

Although I definitely agree that they are swarming every possible outlet possible, be that: Home Decor, Fashion, Art, Crafts, Business Names.... etc... I still can't help but like them. I do wonder what it is about fads like this that simply take over ones brain.

For instance, I absolutely don't like doing something to my home that EVERYONE is doing, it's like going out and everyone else is wearing the same shirt or something.... But I'll hand it to the owls, I couldn't help but incorporate them in to my baby room. I think it's something in the water. ;)

I think that they will continue to be highly liked, but I'm not sure there is any farther up they can go, people are making them out of everything from Cardboard, to metal scraps, to felt and fabric. What else could there be?

So the question is, what do you think is the next little creature to take over in popularity? The nineties took cute and cuddly kittens and dogs (you know, the kind on calendars - but on sweatshirts and tshirts... with sparkles of course!). There are always going to be that love of whimsical creatures like frogs, and toadstools and fairies / faries...

It's fun to try to find clues to what might be seeping out in popularity.

superflippy wrote:
I don't know about the owls - I feel like they're already overexposed. Of course, that doesn't mean that the trend won't show up everywhere on the mass market anyway!
Love the decorative stairs, especially the ones with different patterns on each riser.
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mollybermea

@caori I would love to have a house with stairs AND a slide!! I definitely agree. A normal set of stairs would be fun to decorate too! Thanks for the fun pictures!

BerryColor

I'm in love <3






Now all I just need is to build my own house first :D

IrishFroguette

The idea of colouring the vertical side of the stairs is just so brilliant !!! It seems so simple and gorgeous, why didn't think of it before ?
I love it :)

OrigamiMei

Awww! Look at the owlies :D They're so cute, especially in the photos of the childs' rooms. This would make an adorable nursery theme....like wise old owls are watching over the baby as she sleeps.

Then I saw the ruffles and I mentally screamed. This dreadful look automatically popped into my head:

Then I read your comment about the 90's and had to giggle. Those ruffled tops were so hot back in the day. I had one when I was 7 and thought I was a super model when I wore it. :P
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mollybermea

ROFL!!! I too had a white ruffled top (umm Pirate Top!? LOL). This look is almost back in style! I die when I see people wearing these pants and these types of tops.

I have a friend who wears these pants as a fashion statement ... I think they are soooo utterly hideous and want to gag. But I commend her for her unique style?? lol I have seen more and more people wear them.

I do however like some of the ruffle going on in the curtains and bedspreads and pillows. I would think that too much ruffle CAN happen, but imagine some people going ALL ruffle! hahah. I believe most of those large, full ruffled curtains are shower curtains (or meant for that).

I'm not too keen on some of the ruffling around the collar as a fashion statement, sometimes it's just TOO MUCH.

great comment Mei. thanks!

OrigamiMei wrote:
Awww! Look at the owlies :D They're so cute, especially in the photos of the childs' rooms. This would make an adorable nursery theme....like wise old owls are watching over the baby as she sleeps.

Then I saw the ruffles and I mentally screamed. This dreadful look automatically popped into my head:

Then I read your comment about the 90's and had to giggle. Those ruffled tops were so hot back in the day. I had one when I was 7 and thought I was a super model when I wore it. :P
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mollybermea

I know!!! absolutely so simple, it seems like, DUH! ;) Now I REALLLLY want some stairs!

IrishFroguette wrote:
The idea of colouring the vertical side of the stairs is just so brilliant !!! It seems so simple and gorgeous, why didn't think of it before ?
I love it :)

trinity8419

Red foxes are also a little-creature force to be reckoned with -- I see them everywhere: apparel, home decor, crafts, wall art, ceramics, jewelry... once you start looking, you'll see them everywhere too, lol!

myoriginals

Love the slides! What a great way to 'slide' into each new day w/a smile!
caori wrote:
I think this indoor slide is not just funny but also safe (for all age):


or this one:


Link to more funy slides and stairs.



Link 2

caori

Oh yes :o) Don't let the inner child sleep too long!





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mollybermea

yes I agree... maybe it's a "Woodland Creatures" Trend? hah

trinity8419 wrote:
Red foxes are also a little-creature force to be reckoned with -- I see them everywhere: apparel, home decor, crafts, wall art, ceramics, jewelry... once you start looking, you'll see them everywhere too, lol!

Nie Niez 1702

Wah! So Nice~
How Nice If All Of This Have In My House! <3 <3 <3

VitaminD81

I loving the multicolor stairs/slide. :)
*Sighs* I remember owning a ruffly white blouse very similar to that See&Sew pattern when I was younger. (Yeah I also do recall that Pirate shirt episode from Sienfield as well!) I like ruffles but only in very small doses! I can see a few pillows, but not the curtains and bedspread. I couldn't do a whole room with ruffles.

coloursplash

The staircase ideas are so cool! Also the slide option..Almost like living in a amusement park! The wall art collection is definitely picking in.. everyone is making their family tree part of their living room decor.
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mollybermea

@VitaminD81haha we are all showing our age! By a "raise of hands" - who wore the "pirate blouse" ? lol I wore it in middle school. It was my most treasured shirt ever, I thought I was so grown up.

Liebling

I'm with Mei. Ruffles make me weep. The Pirate Blouse I can handle, but all those ruffles.... they never come out right after you wash them. They wrinkle right up and I can't see myself sitting there ironing them out just to get them straight again. For me, ruffles are too maintenance heavy, hard to clean and hard to maintain. Then again, I live in a house full of boys, so there is that.

I lurve owls. Always have. I have a lot of Owl odds and ends that I have collected over the years, some of them are very old from my grandparents. I really am happy they will be coming back in style. Maybe people will stop thinking I'm some kind of cat-bird lady.

The staircases are so cute. Makes me want to tear the carpeting right off my stairs and get out the paints. But knowing how accident prone I am, perhaps carpet is better. Would be really neat to go to the thrift store and buy up a whole bunch of old wool sweaters, felt them up and serger them together to create a kind of patchwork staircase. You could get really fancy even. I saw a nice throw rug done that way at a friends house, and I think down the stairs might be a really interesting project. Like this but on a much grander scale;


For any knitters, here's a great pattern to knit your very own adorable owl;
Whit's Knits: Big Snowy Owl

tofrelouir

موضوع رائع وتعليقات اكثر روعة....شكرا

StickyThings

Wow Molly, those wall stickers are awesome (real inspiration for us down here) and love the ruffles, bring them back! Thanks again for the great trends! Here is our website: StickyThings.co.za Wall Stickers South Africa

anniebeth

These are really beautiful.

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