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Home décor trends 2012: Hot looks from the Dallas Home & Gift Market

The Total Home & Gift Market was the place to be last week for interior designers and decorators seeking the hottest trends in home décor. While the trade show held at the Dallas Market Center failed to present any show-stopping looks, it did confirm the strength of emerging design directions seen at 2011 markets.

Natural fabrics in neutral colors cover a vintage settee and accent chairs from Aidan Gray
Photo by Nancy Baldwin

Creativity, color and originality were the hallmarks of designs that marked vendor showrooms. Among the purveyors of distinctive design were Dallas’ own home décor specialists Arteriors Home, Global Views, Aidan Gray, and Loloi Rugs.

Chief among the trends at market were those illustrating casual looks from a bygone era or bold colors and patterns.

Vintage is Vunderful
Inspired by French and Continental European influences, Vintage décor displayed in the “to the trade” showrooms ranged from relaxed, classic traditional to rustic, flea market finds. Woods were washed and weathered or painted and distressed. Fabrics were faded Belgian linens and textured burlap in soft, muted hues. Showrooms merged vintage furnishings and industrial décor in presentations that showed their complementary versatility.

Burlap it Up
Whether covering French Market upholstered furniture or Industrial reclaimed metal chairs, burlap was the fabric of the market. Softened and washed in tones of fawn, gray, greige or weathered white, burlap was accented with black stamped logos or white embroidery. Linen and textured cotton blends added to the importance of the natural fabric trend.

Rustic Revival
Rugged and worn woods appeared on mirror frames, accent tables, lamp bases and wall décor.
Sometimes repurposed and sometimes distressed, woods accompanied Vintage, Industrial and Americana statements throughout the market. Weathered accents including knobs, hinges and pulls added to the natural appeal of these rustic pieces.

Orange You Lucky?
Earlier this year I reported the Pantone Color Institute had named Tangerine Tango as the color of the year. Décor manufacturers and designers have embraced this vivacious hue, expanding it into all manner of upholstery, casegoods, lighting and textiles. Usually red-orange or yellow-orange, this striking color is here to stay.

Mixing Magic
Not just for apparel, home furnishings manufacturers have mixed vibrant colors in attention-getting geometric and floral patterns. Melon and tangerine were shown adjacent to hot pink, peacock, lime green and saffron in prints and solid upholstery fabric, bedding textiles and décor accessories. Not for the faint of heart, these color palettes evoke energy and effervescence.

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