Are you planning on giving your home a lick of paint or freshening it up with new furniture? Before you do, take a look at the decorating trends of 2012.
You might surprised by what you find..
Top Decorating Trends
Emerging interior design trends by leading experts.
"Awe-inspiring soft teals go brilliantly with richer, petrol-like blues and all types of natural greens whether yellow or blue toned. Its greenish streak offers a nurturing quality, ideal for broader walls without overpowering the space." Rebecca Thompson, colour & design manager, <a href="http://www.dulux.co.uk/index.jsp" target="_hplink"><strong>Dulux</strong></a>.
"The summer collections, including my favourite new Hermes colours, followed the bright theme with neon yellows, greens and electric blues becoming huge for SS12! And as we know the trends in interiors will always follow the fashion trends. I do also believe that House music has never been so popular and this helps drive that neon 'club' style popularity adding a modern twist to homes and the lifestyle of those who live there. It's a neon movement!" Bianca Ladow, CEO, <a href="http://www.earlcrown.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>Earlcrown</strong></a>.
"The Artisan craft style has evolved from the eclectic trend of the last couple of years. Instead of drawing solely from local inspiration, our attention has broadened to the four corners of the globe, in search of unique crafted pieces. The trend hunts out a creative mix of multi-cultural textures and patterns, keeping them relevant and current by colour blocking key pieces. Moroccan pouffes, patchwork cushions and tribal textiles are balanced with citrus yellow chairs, open fires and dark wooden floors. Guard against the scheme from taking on a hippy-edge by using simple, modern shaped furniture and soft-grey walls." Jo Hamilton, interior designer, <a href="http://www.johamilton.co.uk/" target="_hplink"><strong>Jo Hamilton Interiors</strong></a>.
"Basement conversions are extremely prevalent with home owners and developers. It gives them an opportunity to create extra square footage which not only gains them space and amenities but increases the value of their properties. Property in London is very much valued on price per square foot; therefore creating more square footage allows you to sell more space." Bianca Ladow, CEO, <a href="http://www.earlcrown.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>Earlcrown</strong></a>.
"The catwalks are brimming with geometrics and as fashion and interiors go hand in hand we're seeing some gorgeous geometric prints making a big splash in the interiors market. The style works best set on a neutral base, with soft whites and subtle tones providing a sound cornerstone for the look. Furniture is clean and simple, softly shaped and with a retro edge. Big splashes of colour punctuate armchairs and sofas and geometrically printed cushions break up the colour blocks and add softness and character." Jo Hamilton, interior designer, <a href="http://www.johamilton.co.uk/" target="_hplink"> <strong>Jo Hamilton Interiors</strong></a>.
"Industrial chic is a creative and flexible style using reclaimed, functional pieces at the heart of the scheme. The style celebrates the craftsmanship of utilitarian design, seeing refurbished industrial parts reformed into every day furniture. The workings of the building are exposed - bare brick walls, polished cement floors are all welcome components in the design. The style works best contrasted by sleek, one off designer pieces - artwork, lighting and furniture and set off with brightly coloured accessories." Jo Hamilton, interior designer, <a href="http://www.johamilton.co.uk/" target="_hplink"><strong>Jo Hamilton Interiors</strong></a>.
"Bachelor pads have a reputation of being either extremely stark or on the mismatched side, however in recent years this has changed dramatically with the luxury bachelor living space becoming a regular requirement from wealthy single men living and working in the city. "Single men wish their households to reflect their personalities so that their guests understand their interests. For this reason they seek properties and products that are rare and have atypical designs. At Earlcrown we have request for the weird and wonderful from 30 space underground car parks in the middle of Central London to vaults for gold bars and vast underground gyms, steam and saunas. Nothing is too much and quality is of the essence. "Trends for sleek aesthetics, quality designer furniture, high-tech features, chrome kitchens and spacious bathrooms for two are all high on the agenda, with heavy woods, black marble tops and sumptuous sofas all featuring heavily , which all provide vast living areas designed to provide the best in relaxation and entertainment." Bianca Ladow, CEO, <a href="http://www.earlcrown.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>Earlcrown</strong></a>.