Every now and then, we get tired of looking at the same old furniture in our homes. If you’ve been aching for a new couch, if your bedroom needs sprucing up or if you’ve finally made the decision to turn that empty room into a guest room, you’ll want to be aware of the furniture trends for 2012.
Here are six must have furniture trends that should be added to any redecorating list:
1. Television Stand
When flat screen televisions were first introduced, the trend was to hang them on the wall and use them as functional pieces of décor. People began putting their television stands and armoires on the curb and chose, instead, to place their televisions in an unobtrusive space on the wall. The tide has turned: television stands are back in. Instead of buying a prefabricated, put-it-together-yourself TV stand; look for functional pieces of furniture to house your television and its peripherals.
Thanks to a younger group of home-owners, sectionals are once again gaining popularity. Today’s consumer is young and hip with entertainment in mind. These young people are looking for the comfort and versatility that a sectional provides. Look for sectionals covered in high-performance, stain resistant fabric for the ultimate in durability.
What once used to be saved for the children’s market is now being introduced to adults in a big way. The storage bed is a great piece of furniture, especially for those living in small spaces. Rather than make a small room even smaller by adding two or three pieces of furniture, you can now skip the dresser and chest of drawers and opt, instead, for a great storage bed.
4. Coffee Tables
Coffee tables have never gone out of style, but this year’s offerings are larger and multifunctional. More and more people find that they rarely use their dining table and, instead, eat in front of the television. The larger coffee tables being offered have pop-up centers that can be turned into a dining or work space. These multipurpose tables also have drawers and shelves to increase your storage space.
5. Pub Tables
These higher tables are perfect if you have an open space between your kitchen and living area. Not only do they provide gathering, dining and work spaces, when needed, they can also serve as a hip divider between two areas of your home. Look for transitional styles that will suit both your kitchen decor and your less formal family room. Thanks to the height of these tables, stools can easily be tucked underneath and out of the way when not in use.
Reclaimed furniture is in with a vengeance and allows the home owner to make a grand statement. Look for reclaimed barn wood, driftwood and even recycled glass when decorating your home. Some of the best headboards we’ve seen are made from reclaimed wood, lending a natural, organic feel to the bedroom. Smaller room accents are also being made from reclaimed materials: picture frames, wall decor and side tables made from recycled materials are all easy to find.
Redecorating your house can breathe new life into an old living space. If you’re shopping on a budget, head to the local flea market or garage sales. What’s old is new again and, with a bit of restoration, you can easily turn a junk store find into a stunning piece of furniture for your home. No matter what you choose, try to select at least one piece from this list of top trends for the year to give your home an updated look.
Amanda Peters is a freelance interior decorator and writer who understands the impact a modern sofa can have in a new home. She enjoys browsing the internet for unique furniture finds!