Trend report 2012

1. Tangerine dream:

The colour of choice is tangerine - everywhere from the bedroom to the living room. This bright colour has been making a splash all season long, so take your cue from top fashion designers such as Tommy Hilfiger and deck out your space in this hot colour.

2. Shape it up:

Technology is constantly introducing new materials or new ways to use old ones, this year you will see this happen to everything from the kitchen bowls to light fixtures as they are designed in new interesting shapes.

3. Let LED light the way:

More households are starting to embrace LED’s and 2012 won’t be any different as many designers are also using this little light in their creations. They might be more expensive but they are more energy efficient at the end of the day.

4. The writing is on the wall:

'Be imaginative, be bold', is the new mantra when it comes to your statement walls. Give your creativity free reigns with anything from textured to artistic written word wallpaper.

5. Make a statement:

Nothing makes a bigger statement than a chandelier, if you been dreaming of getting one rest assured that they are big this year. Be playful with bright red chandeliers or natural with a seashell chandelier, whatever you do don’t be traditional.

6. Keep it simple:

Outdoor space is all about low maintenance – and that goes for the furniture that makes itself at home inside as much as outside. Look out for indoor/outdoor gear such as stainless-steel chairs and steel-and-glass tables.

7. Seeing double:

Watch out for smart designs that ensure beauty and functionality, the boundaries are pushed year-on-year with double-duty décor. A perfect example for 2012? Be enlightened with handmade soy candle holders that turn into food-safe bowls once you're at your wick's end.

8. British inspiration:

When the Canadian-owned Fairmont Savoy Hotel reopened in London last year after a $350-million refurbishment, it led the way with a strong art-deco flavour. Because, presumably, there's nothing like a retro piece of furniture to remind us of the really great times.

9. Rise of the metals:

Stainless steel and chrome may be safe choices, but bronze and copper are rising to the fore — incorporate these hot metals with a sculpture addition.

10. Spice things up:

Just as theatre-goers are flocking to see comedies in these economically downturned times, so homeowners might want to add frivolity in their space. Add a fun ornament to brighten up a corner table or a funky coat rack.

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