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Design Trends for 2012 and beyond – enter for a chance to win a glimpse into the future

A recent discussion in Modenus’ LinkedIn Group has sparked our interest in the trends and directions you see design taking in your daily work. Knowing where design is headed is very important for most of us, which is why we’ve partnered with Global Color Research™, the publishing house of Mix publications, but we also want to hear your thoughts on the topic. What are you seeing in your daily work? What are your clients asking for? What makes you do a double take? Or which trend makes you shake your head? What’s fad, what’s trend?

Give us your thoughts for a chance to win a copy of “Mix Trends” for Spring/Summer 2013 for a £375 or roughly $600 value. It’s an amazing compilation of original images and predictions for 2013 and an invaluable tools for designers and bloggers.

Be creative. You can leave comments below or you can submit your own visual trends ideas to trends@modenus.com or post on our Facebook page for a chance to be featured on Modenus.

The usual boring small print:

One lucky winner will be drawn from all entries received and will be notified by mail. Last day to enter is August 7,2011; 5pm EST. Void where prohibited. No cash value. Employees and family of employees of Modenus or Global Color Research may not enter the contest.

  • http://home-decorating-makeovers.com/ Jennifer Duchene

    Love the idea and ooh baby, buttons – seeing those everywhere. I will ponder and post anon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002260438071 Edward C Phillips

    Hello, This is Ed Phillips from Freelance Kitchen Design LLC. One trend I see continuing is mixing cabinet colors and mix countertop materials.  See what I mean at my website under design ideas http://www.freelancekitchendesignllc.com/
    Thank you

  • http://thekitchendesigner.tumblr.com/ Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS

    Simply, (nearly) anything goes. I see it in fashion – the mix of textures but not only texture; blousy, pretty dresses mixed with clunky boots. Beautiful jackets mixed with casual long sleeve t’s. Formality mixed with informality taken to a different level than yesterday’s shabby chic. That said, I also see an evolution toward editing. I think homeowners and clients of designers finally understand the value of editing an interior, the nuance – letting a surface “be” or a material “be” thinking twice about layers of ornamentation. And, of course, the Modenus blog is the place to ramble on about design, so ramble I shall!

    I think “less is more” is more clearly understood today by the typical homeowner than ever before. Sort of understanding the global vision. I see more sophistication and openness toward creative solutions by homeowners. In other words, I think they are listening more to the experience and wisdom of the designers they hire. Personal style becomes the key and the goal, and my clients are moving toward that philosophy.

    Short answer: I don’t have to nudge them nearly as much as I did before to discover their inner creative spirit. Sweet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZWTQXBOUUWGCAF532NTP5MT44 Lindsey

    A trend I see is innovation — using old and new materials in different and unexpected ways. Here are just a few examples: deconstructing the room by focusing on the accent wall with largescale artwork, bold color, textures and tiling. Using what you have to decorate or “undecorate” by breaking the rules of what is expected. Recycling and reusing. Making the most of one’s investment in materials that last, like reusable wallpaper. Respecting tradition by using something that harks back to vintage but using it in a new way to make it modern. Eclecticism and unexpected items (using vintage artwork with a modern chair for example). Interestingly, that phrase comes to mind, “necessity is the mother of invention,” which I think is the positive side of design that is coming out of economic hardship and uncertainty. Being practical and positive in times of adversity — having a determined spirit when it comes to design and letting yout individual personality shine through. I’m hoping these are trends to last.

  • http://twitter.com/BRASSHOUSE Martin Armac

    Antique Copper and Rococo styling!

  • http://twitter.com/AlisonYuleT Alison Daykin

    More and more designers I speak to are starting to source locally as much as possible.  I see this growing as pace once suppliers realise the potential of supplying to local designers.  Without too much trouble I’ve manage to source British wool yarn spun in Britain from British sheep, at a cheaper price than my usual supplier from Sweden!

  • http://twitter.com/BrimfieldTweet Brimfield

    Now you are talking my language- Design Trends.   Simplicity.  Whether it be in traditional or modern style, homeowners want functionality, efficiency and easy living.  I see a lot of repurposing, mixture of antiques with new, more color (YaY) and more whimsey.  I do see some English Country starting to make a comeback – modified & pared down a bit, but it is on the horizon.

  • http://twitter.com/thedailybasics THE DAILY BASICS

    Now you are talking my language- Design Trends.   Simplicity.  Whether
    it be in traditional or modern style, homeowners want functionality,
    efficiency and easy living.  I see a lot of repurposing, mixture of
    antiques with new, more color (YaY) and more whimsey.  I do see some
    English Country starting to make a comeback – modified & pared down a
    bit, but it is on the horizon.

  • http://www.modenus.com Veronika Miller

    What’s everyone seeing in the way of colors? Bold? Neutral? Dark? I wonder if it’s still very geographically varied or if there are more global style trends you’re seeing now. For me, I still see a clean unfussy classic style where traditional millwork blends with contemporary furnishings, accented by eclectic art and antiques. This is a style I saw more of in England but that is now gripping the US as well.
    Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS I think you’re exactly right in that people are more selective and careful in their choices, to curate their own interiors collection rather than buy at a whim and hate it later. That’s where the recession is actually helpful – go figure. 

  • http://thekitchendesigner.tumblr.com/ Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS

    From my perspective, which is primarily one of kitchen design, we are clearly seeing a range of browns and whites – classic “furniture” shades which will stand the test of time in terms of value and style. On the periphery, and more current, gray washed shades are very lovely and I (personally) especially like a collection of light wood finishes used together. In a new showroom display for Bornholm Kitchen, I have designed three sections of a kitchen using natural walnut, a light washed gray in rift oak and another light/beigy shade, also in rift oak – the lights balance the dark proportionately. Darks – yes, they are desired and feel rich and luxurious to many, I think. At the kitchen show in Germany in January, I saw lots of spikes of fuscia and lime green but it seemed like a momentary color fling thing! I think we’re mostly still in a “safe is good” mindset in terms of color on large elements in the kitchen for sure. I’d love to bring in bold pops of color in artwork, lighting and other ancillary design elements.

  • http://twitter.com/laNevaTile Lisa La Nasa

    Eclectic layers of style and color, texture and transparency. Soft, gauzy neutrals are paired with hard, bold colors and lines. Contemporary and antique are combined. Opulent sparkle and rough-hewn wood are used in conjunction. 

    laNeva Tile is getting a great response from our newly released, limited edition “IT” color glazes, in tangeringe orange, laguna aqua and smoke grey. This triad has also been featured recently by several design/home magazines and bloggers as the current hot colors. I can see them having a long life, especially in the warmer climates because they are so versatile and a little can go a long way. I agree with the previous comments that it is more of a thoughtful, collected, curated look. Items are being re-purposed in innovative ways that only a recession can bring. There is a sense of simplicity and calm throughout.   

  • http://twitter.com/spacialadapt Michelle Drenckhahn

    I have been seeing a lot of “eclectic” mixes of modern & sleek with antique or vintage. Lot of basics and neutrals with punches of bold colors & pattern.  Turquoise is everywhere and becoming excepted more main stream as well. 

    I also see clients asking for classic details that are timeless, particularly in the kitchen, white cabinets, marble and subway tiles are very attractive and appealing to more and more people. The look is a fantastic base to dress up, make more “cottagey” or traditional.   

  • http://twitter.com/lauramannes Laura Mannes

     I think trends have a real chance of moving into something classic and lasting, while a fad is ephemeral.  Both trends and fads are regional to a certain extent.  In the NY metro area traditional has given way to a more modern look with the injection of unusual color combinations, materials, furnishings, art and accessories. Expect the unexpected. That’s the trend I’m seeing here.  In Austin, TX, I see a more modern approach.  Austinites are edgier and more willing to experiment with all aspects of design and decor.  
    Trends develop from the  surrounding culture of a place.  Conservative areas..conservative design.  You get the picture. Design blogs can only do so much for a community.

    Finally, it seems that individuals are learning to edit their space and abide by ‘less is more’….more or less, that is.


  • http://twitter.com/area432 Area432

    we see clients wanting things that are bespoke which have a timeless quality to it, merge the old with the new.

  • Anonymous

    It all depends where you are geographically located.  From my daily conversations with consumers, Designers, Builders, K&B dealers, I feel people are searching for that “WOW” factor, an object, a concept or a project that others like neighbors,  friends or family members don’t have.  The words I would use are: new, unique, original, authentic, stunning, colorful and dramatic and if all possible sustainable. 

  • http://www.inclinedesign.info CASUDI

    LED lighting, and all the cool new products which will be showing up along with this…… for clients who get it!

    2012 will see the evolution of the home from the residence its always been (and what people expect yours to be) to what you want it to be based on your lifestyle. To explain further; what I mean by this….. in the last century there used to be a “parlor” in many homes, a room near the front door kept in pristine condition with your “best” of everything, just for people who came visiting or “paying respects” as it was called then.   

    Fast forward to 2012… you certainly don’t need a parlor, for a lifestyle long gone….. but what other rooms of the more recent past are you not using… where are you spending the most time with family and friends? Where are your computing devices (“the family that computes together stays together”), why not make that the hub of the house? Why not design your main living area where & for what the family does the most?

    Ten years ago I opted to take the living room 16 x 28 and make it into the dining room…. because when I entertain, people arrive and hang out in the kitchen, and then we sit down and eat and talk and eat…. often into the early hours.  Then everyone goes home….. so it makes sense to make our focus on eating and dining instead of having a “show-off” living room which we never use. So my trend prediction is …. shift in focus…. which will either be driven by us designers (asking and responding to the right questions) or by our “know what they want” clients.

  • http://www.modenus.com Veronika Miller

    Caroline @casudi:twitter had asked me to attach this image in reference to her post below, I am completely in love with the balance and harmony in this interior, which happens to be Caroline’s own. Trends may always have an important role in keeping the passion in design alive but they should never outweigh the classic elements and principles of design.


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