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Top 10 Colour Trends for 2012

The following pieces are crucial to updating your home if you want to stay on top of trends.   The trends from the 70's are back and fresh and fun.  


The trend  is moving away from the safety of neutrals and colour is becoming a very playful expression of ourselves. 


But if you just want to freshen, update and tweak your home to give it a little facelift - pick one or two of the trends that speak personally to you and update your home.




Love, love, love orange - you are now fully in style. Use with abandon if you love it. A bold accent chair will work in any room and can be moved around as you choose or take a full leap and upholster an entire sofa in bold oranges and match with graphic black and white print cushions.

Just like orange - use it sparingly for a burst of fresh colour. Even one or two pillows will make a huge difference.



Cool, clean, tropical and so fresh is the appeal with teal. Add a punch of teal into your home and find yourself feeling like you are in an oasis of calm beauty. Feel free to use it as a statement or an accent depending on your personality style.



70's are back and bold with the showing of fresh, lime green. Add a soft lime leather accent chair into your neutral room and enjoy the freshness without worrying about dating itself. Not ready for that kind of commitment with lime green, use it with a couple of pieces and watch your friends admire your "newly" decorated home.



Grey has moved from an accent colour into the main stage. Feel free to use grey as much as you want. This may be a trend but it is still a neutral and remain timeless. Grey is elegant, quiet and a cleaner version of beige. Use it a monochromatic colour scheme from all of your upholstered pieces and add any trend colour as your heart desires. You could easily have a new room every season if you wanted to use grey as any backdrop colour.



The New colour - blending of grey and beige - a warm grey.   If you are ready to leave beige behind you because you have been there, done that but not sure you want to lose the cosiness that beige brought to your home with its warm tones - you will be happy to know the experts have combined grey and beige to update our styles. It is grey but softer, warmer and really easy to live with.



Patterns are huge - tribal patterns, bold graphic patterns, animal prints etc.  Love, love, love patterns. Mix and match. Be playful. The only rule is there is no rule. Mix colours, patterns, scale. Use bold graphic prints alongside great textured pieces. Play with area rugs with a great animal hide look - add pattern to ottomans, pillows or go bold and add a great pattern to your occasional chairs.




Blue is making a return.   Colour blocking, patterns, accents - no matter how you use blue to your taste, you will find yourself totally current.


Blue is one of the primary colours that has not been since brown and beige took over the home furnishings market. Be happy to know that any shade of blue is back in from bold navy to soft pale blue. Mix blues with your lime green and teal for a really updated happy, cool look or mix with grey for a classic, traditional updated look.



Wood tones are becoming lighter and we are moving away from the espresso finishes. Play with grey in your bedroom or update your dining room with beautiful shades of grey or light wood tones.



We are returning to the warmer metals and replacing the silver and nickel finishes with golds, black nickel and burnished bronze. Brushed nickel and silver are still popular but no longer trendy. If you want to update your home, add a new coffee table or update your lamps in the new finishes and see how it updates your home.




Texture can and should be added to any room to create visual interest. Use textured, naked leathers to create a lived in patina - a wonderful way to add history and texture to any room. Experiment, play and express yourself. Add many different textures and watch your room come alive.



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