Design Trends 2012

To see more of Jen’s photos from the show and her color and trend focus boards visit York Home on Pinterest.


Junior Stylist Jennifer Sweeney had the opportunity January 11-14 to attend the Heimtextil International Show in Frankfort Germany. Although no stranger to trade shows, this was her first for International design, and being the largest of its kind, with over 10 building housing 2600 exhibitors from 60 countries, in categories ranging from wallpaper, to tabletop, bedding and bath, I asked Jen just how she would summarize what she found most valuable.


“There was one building dedicated to forecasting. This Trend Hall was an exceptional resource for color, design and trend focus. I particularly liked being able to define whereYork fits into the overall scheme of the wallpaper industry and how wallpaper relates to the residential and commercial interior design marketplace. I was personally attracted to the novelties, whether traditional damasks in hot, bright colors or muddy grays and browns for infant/toddler; this kind of outside the box thinking is inspiring.”


“Certain trends cut across all boundaries, and were seen represented in almost all categories, such as peacocks and feathers generally, cityscapes, and natural earth influences.  Celebrity categories are always good, but this year specifically, Marilyn Monroe dominated. Western European stylists have a certain casual elegance that brings a sense of whimsy to even their most formal designs. They tend to not take themselves too seriously, and really enjoy design, which is a reminder to allow our love of style to be a part of everything we touch.”

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Deck the Walls

’twas the week before Christmas, and in one local house
A decorator fretted with no time to carouse.
Though dazzling and elegant, one thing caused despair:
The house’s walls were still stark, white, and bare!

Has this ever happened to you? Just days or even hours before your holiday party or family get-together is set to start, have you looked around your home and realized you were missing a little something? Many of my family members are excellent decorators, but they always seem to neglect the walls in favor of trees, toys, and trinkets. If you’ve suddenly found yourself in this situation, don’t fret! Here are three bright last-minute holiday decorating ideas you can use to spruce up the walls in any room for your upcoming party or gathering, all for less than $100.

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Hot Holiday Decorating

Here are a few of the latest trends we see to set this hoilday season apart.

Merry and Bright:

Traditional red and green is so ho-hum-holiday. Long gone is primary green as the perfect fit for enchanting style; enter lime for a power punch of whimsey that fits perfectly with the transitional decor and relaxed lifestyle of the modern home. Lime pairs well with holiday reds and snowy whites, so just remove the holiday specific pieces after Dec. 25th, but keep the lime and white to brighten gloomy January.

Vintage Goes Natural:

Christmas decorating came into it’s own in the U.S. in 1846 when popular royals Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were illustrated standing beneath their decorated Christmas tree, causing a sensation in decorating across England and fashionable American East Coast society. We still love those beautiful, antique images from lush Victoriana for formal Christmas decorating, but with a new twist; anything natural. Holiday glamour stands out against burlaps and linens, bare winter sprigs in a vinatge milk bottle, wood carved ornaments on the tree in sharp contrast to shimmering balls and lights. These are the new Victorians.

How the Gray Stole Christmas:

Gray has become the perfect on trend mainstream neutral, and new dark gunmetal and charcoal palettes enhance the shimmer of traditional metallic holiday ornaments. Replace those “silver bells” with gold and see just how “new” the latest 80’s retro return to metallic gold updates perfectly against a backdrop of darkest gray.

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