Hot new decor trends

Curvy-lined furniture helps to round out a room. Amelie sofa in blazing poppies fabric; $3,300, Anthropologie

Trends change yearly. Here’s four of the most popular ones for 2012.

COLOUR:

2011: Grey
Last year we said goodbye to the suburban beiges and honey browns and replaced it with cooler tones like sea glass and pale greys.

2012: Orange
This year its all about being optimistic; happy colours and every shade of orange is topping the list for paint colours. From pale rust to sherbert tangerine, this citrus colour is topping 2012’s list for  painted walls.

PATTERNS:

2011: Geometrics
From lattice and chain link inspired patterns, the 1970’s iconic prints dominated just about every fabric and wallpaper choice available. Overused, it must now disappear for another decade in order to return as a high-priced classic again.

2012: Large floral
Flowers are back; they are bright and big and feel modern. Add a large floral print to just a headboard in the bedroom, the back panel of a chair or Euro-sized pillow shams for a burst of colour in the living room this year.

FURNITURE:

2011: Low and deep
Low, deep and lounge-like was all the rage last year for sofas and chairs. For those with enough strength (or a crane) to get out of them you can say goodbye and into something more comfortable.

2012: Curvy and rounded
Traditional style is making a return and curvy lined furniture is feeling most welcome after two decades of square-edged, hotel-inspired furnishings. Look for the classic camel-back shaped sofas and organic shaped side tables to round out your rooms.

UP-CYCLING:

2011: Turning junk into trendy objects.
Last year was great for DIY projects; we painted old dressers trendy colours, wallpapered inside old armoires and upholstered every mid-century modern sofa we could find. Junk got tarted up.

2012: Fine furniture improvement
This year its about investing in good stuff; find an antique chair and upholster it with a cashmere/wool blend fabric, have a custom lampshade made or add lux trims to a set of old velvet drapes. It’s the small investments that will offer up classic style.

WALLPAPER:

2011: Crazy and busy
From large-scale damask patterns to metallic and velvet-flocked geometric patterns, the wallpaper industry did a great thing last year; they got a generation of 20-nothings to fall in love with wallpaper as something new on the décor scene.

2012: Soft and subtle
We’re seeing softer tones and faded looking background colours in the wallpaper this year. Easier to look at, this new look is still on  trend with contemporary designs and motifs; just not as harsh to look
at.

FABRIC:

2011: Natural linen
Belgium linen in natural beige/sand tones were being used for everything from upholstery, bedding and draperies. Overused, it’s starting to look cheap and abused.

2012: Linen leftovers
So what do you do with natural linen when its overused? You die it darker and richer in colours to change its look. Deep purple, grey and navy colours will be showing up on our windows and bedding; a nice way to use up that extra stock of linen.

METALLIC:

2011: Brash brass
And just when you thought every nickel-plated door knob, kitchen handle and towel bar was safe; brass enters the room and takes over.  For some it border lined on garish and for others it was a scary blast from the 70’s.

2012: French gold
Now that’s more like it; a mixture of silver and gold makes French gold; a soft, warm tone that allows our eyes to adjust to the change from cool metal tones to warm. So Canadian isn’t it?



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

Philadelphia principal has President Obama's ear

The West Philadelphia head is gathering ideas to present to the White House.

Local

Neighbors testify at Overbrook roommate slaying trial

Neighbors and roommates were called to testify Wednesday in the trial of Renaldo Robichaw, 56, charged with murder for the death of roommate Albert Smith, 48.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

Movies

Latin culture highlighted at Filadelphia film fest

Get ready to have a “Bad Hair” day at the upcoming Filadelphia Latin American Film Festival. We mean that in the best possible way. The…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Eagles will spend Thanksgiving in Dallas, play four…

The Eagles have an impressive, challenging and exciting schedule in 2014.

NFL

NFL releases Eagles 2014 schedule

The Eagles have four primetime games, face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and host the Seahawks in a dynamic, challenging and impressive schedule.

NHL

All signs suggest Steve Mason will start in…

Flyers head coach Craig Berube elected to put Steve Mason in net for the final minutes of Game 3.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."