Ways to create a style statement
Everyone wants their home interiors to be noticed and praised. The only question is how do you make your home stand out? The answer, quite simply, is to revamp your home décor based on a specific theme.
One does not necessarily have to redo the entire house for this, sometimes just a few furniture items or artefacts can do the needful.
The important thing is to first understand what is 'in' style and what is considered 'out.'
Home decor trends for 2012 are considered to be dramatic, colourful and certain to grab attention. To achieve this objective, according to the experts at Lamps Plus, first up on the hot list is the French market look.
Inspired by French and continental European influences
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One can use authentic flea market or antique finds, from antique side tables to vintage post cards and fabrics.
While you can always find time-worn antiques to use, these days you can also find plenty of new designs that feature the worn and weathered look that's key for this style.
From pillows to table accents and furniture, there is a wealth of vintage market available.
Here are some designer insider-tricks to achieve the look in your home.
l Choose furniture pieces that have classic lines.
l Select natural fiber fabrics.
l Incorporate organic wood elements.
Similarly, for those who want to roam the world in search of inspiration, the romance of travel and far-flung destinations is at the heart of the Global Chic look, a contemporary blend of decor that reaches beyond the horizon.
This mixes vibrant colors, textured fabrics and global accessories, like table lamps, pillows and fabrics, to create a world traveled exotic mood and collected look.
Use exotic materials like faux snake skin along with leathers and ceramics to add texture to a room.
Here are a few key designer elements to add when creating the look.
l Introduce exotic, colorful patterns on pillows and throws.
l Use wood accent tables.
l Feature unique ethnic sculptures made from reclaimed wood.
Another style involves the use of contemporary accents and furniture that comes in clear glass or other translucent materials. Just one piece of clear furniture or a lighting element will add a crisp, contemporary touch.
Look for coffee tables, end tables, table lamps or, for a bigger impact, a clear glass chandelier. Accent the clean simplicity of these items with textured accents like inlay ceramics or hand-carved wooden pieces.
To achieve the look consider adding one of the following designer pieces.
l A dramatic, clear glass or acrylic ceiling fixture.
l Contemporary glass dining tables or side tables.
l Glass or crystal table lamps.
All these home decor trends for 2012 are easy to achieve at home with just a few new pieces or accents. A minimal investment in a few furniture items will make a maximum impact on visitors.
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