What Will Be Hot in Home Interiors in 2012?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

The design forecasts are rolling in for the new year and the predictions of what’s going to be popular in interior decorating in 2012.

According to Beasley & Henley Interior Design in Winter Park, Fla., here are some interior design trends to be on the lookout for in the upcoming year:

Hickory chair featuring hot 2012 trend of yellow and gray; Photo Credit: Beasley & Henley Interior Design

Homes go gray: All shades of gray will be making up more households, from warm grey to charcoal gray, through furnishings, window treatments, and artwork.

Yellow pops: Yellow can lift practically any room, according to Beasley & Henley Interior Design. Pairing yellow with gray can bring a trendy look to a home in 2012.


Photo Credit: Beasley & Henley Interior Design

Rustic: Furnishings from natural, reclaimed, and rustic wood are expected to catch on. “Finishes on these rustic pieces will range from wire-brushed to bleached oak to gray washes,” according to Beasley & Henley Interior Design.


Photo Credit: Beasley & Henley Interior Design

Repurposed lighting: Reclaimed pieces that are turned into lamps and lighting pieces is expected to continue its wave of popularity in 2012.

The industrial look: The industrial look is also gaining traction, such as repurposed, industrial occasional tables or side carts.

Lower seating: Chairs and sofas are sitting lower to the ground. More home furniture manufacturing companies are debuting lounge chair seating lower than the standard 20’’ off the floor. They’re introducing more products at 17-18’’ off the floor–possibly to fit in smaller homes.


Oversized photography, such as in Sepia or computer-enhanced, will dominate the look of artwork in the coming year. Photo Credit: Beasley & Henley Interior Design

Supersized artwork: Artwork continues to get bigger with oversized photography dressing up interiors with black and white, Sepia, or standard pictures.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I’m not sure making furniture lower to the floor is the right answer to our growing population of senior citizens. Product designers have already made text so small that it’s impossible to read. Now we will have furniture so low to the ground that it will be impossible to stand up with the aid of handrails? What brilliant idea can we come up with next? I can appreciate the visual, but what ever happened to ‘form follows function’?

  2. Anita Becker

    Not a good idea, having seating closer to the floor, when one considers that the largest segment of the population is reaching upper middle age.

  3. mavis sears

    These points ARE NOT NEW TRENDS…………………..As a designer for 35 years, i suggest Realtors get with the program and really assess trends…some
    of these ideas are over 10 years old!

  4. I am glad you enjoyed the trends and thanks for the reposting! I hope your readers enjoy it too. Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2012.
    PS low seating is but one trend, and as a trend, it is not for all markets 🙂

  5. I love the idea of putting the color yellow in a room along with a shade of gray. I think that’s a brilliant idea to spruce up the interior of any home. I personally love rustic pieces of decor for my home because it gives off a certain warmth and relaxing ambiance.