Saturday, January 21, 2012 3:18 PM EDT
Social media is impacting the way viewers and readers get their design news. Latest stories, trends and fads can now be sought out in real-time in feeds and streams on platforms such as Twitter. So if we’re talking trends this month why not listen, and most importantly, follow the experts over there!
If you’ve had your ear to the ground and have been active on Twitter, you’ll have notice that there’s been a community of designers and design lovers who have gathered every Thursday at 5pm ET under the hashtag #designtv to discuss interior design and their passion for it. Founded by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design (@abcddesigns) and interior designer (and fellow Canadian!) Jonathan Legate (@jonathanlegate), the #designtv chat has rounded up an extremely well reputed gang of people and this week they’ve let us in on what they believe are to be the latest trends for 2012.
Jonathan shot it out there with the very first question to begin the chat: “@jonathanlegate: Q1 : Whats YOUR hottest trend pic?” and here are some of the expert’s answers just for you.
Erin McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief of Style at Home magazine, has come back from the international trade fair Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany with a fresh view on design. Her take on trends is that texture is in, and in a big way. It can be through layering them on your bed or even applying them to your walls through panels or even 3D wallpapers!
Desire to Inspire
Maureen Coates, a residential decorator based out of Ottawa, hit the nail on the head when she mentioned that brass and gold finishes were in for 2012. I could not agree more and in fact, had predicted it myself, too! I adore this trend and hope it will continue to evolve throughout the year.
It’s a reality that the interior design world closely follows what is on the runway for inspiration. Tina Holmes, producer of several home shows in Toronto, has predicted that since the catwalk is glamming itself up, so should the rooms in our homes for the coming year. I mean, what girl doesn’t love a bit of glamour in her life. I know I do!
Leslie Carothers, CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, has pinpointed one of my most favorite interior design trends for 2012. If a light and airy feel, paired with graphic layers with a fun and quirky look tickles your fancy, then go for it - you’ll be bang on trend!
Nate Berkus on Elle Decor
Meredith Heron, TV host and principal at Meredith Heron Design, has coined the IT colour as being navy this year to replace the popular grey as your new neutral. Navy, which swept over the fashion world and turned this colour into a staple for your wardrobe, has now transcended into interior design. It can act as a perfect backdrop for almost any colour combination which makes it an excellent choice all around!
Thanks to Amy and Jonathan, who week after week, bring all these like-minded individuals together under one Twitter umbrella to discuss such incredible and informative design topics. If you ever feel like joining in, search for the hashtag #designtv every Thursday evening at 5pm ET, and this incredible group will welcome you with open arms.