Living room trends in 2012


The fashion world – including interiors – is filled with trends. However, unlike trends from the catwalk that we use to cover our bodies, we can’t simply chop and change between trends as they come and go in the interiors world. Buying a sofa-a-season is not only wasteful; it’s incredibly expensive. In reality, few people change their interior designs as frequently as the changing fashion seasons, but minor alterations are possible and thus are actually put into practice. But this season, fashion has gone retro. Designers are harking on about a love for the past, reusing the old and working with what you’re got. Maybe it’s because of the economy, maybe it’s just a fad, but whatever the reason behind it, it’s good for fashion conscious homeowners.

Country cool Floral prints, pastel shades and tactile materials give a spring freshness to living rooms and bedrooms. This look calls for classic styling so in terms of sofas look for rounded armrests fixed cushions and high backs. One of the best on-trend sofas is from Next. The Jemima loose cover two seater boasts all over floral pattern on a pinky-grey background. It is a square and traditional styled sofa with material skirting.

Jemima loose cover sofa from Next, £450 - £950

1950s geometry Geometric, modernist shapes with a retro, fifties edge are another key look. This look is straight out of the set of Mad Men or perhaps your grandmother’s living room. This look calls for simple, elegant styling and furniture, so fitted sofa covers, angular arm chairs and minimalist desks, tables and bookcases will work best. The colour scheme should be based around primary colours, but in more muted tones, so teal greens, mustard yellows but contrasted with deep, rich burgundy reds and navy blues.

Royal Britannia 2012 is not only when the Olympics comes to Britain it’s also the Queen’s Jubilee. In celebration of this Britishness, interiors have come over all red, white and blue. Along with this bold, British colour scheme, are classic leather sofas, Victorian style fireplaces and Arts and Crafts detailing including detailed patterned wallpapers, wood panelling and simplistic furniture.

The Telegraph has a few tips on how to get the Arts and Crafts look in your home.