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The world of design is constantly evolving, and retailers are eager to discover that next big thing. This year brings us new twists on old ideas and motifs, updated according to new inspiration. For 2012, ethnic embellishments abound, oversized botanicals are in bloom, metallics make their mark on all things home decor and bold graphic patterns make furnishings come alive.

Here, we break down these four trends, culled from multiple trend reports and industry professionals. With these motifs on your sales floor, you’re sure to dazzle customers this year.

All that glitters
This year, look for a range of metals, from bronze and copper to platinum, gold and silver. Metallic, gilded and shimmering finishes turn ordinary decor into luxurious pieces that pack a punch.

With luxe finishes on, hints of metallic in upholstery fabrics and shimmering precious metal glazes on earthenware, the look is honest and wholesome without being kitschy, reports UK-based Trend Bible, in its spring and summer 2012 book. And at last fall’s High Point, designers experimented with new ways of applying metal to fabrics.

Reproduced on textiles and incorporated into accent furniture, geometrics now lead the way. “Mid-century design undergoes a bold renovation rendered with an artist’s perspective and equally vivid palette,” writes Tracy Bulla for Home Accents Today. Graphic patterns come alive in brightly contrasting color combinations or look elegantly subdued in chic neutrals.

Cultural influence
Inspired by global trends, 2012’s patterns and motifs blend the texture and color of old-world looks with modern decor. Textiles are inspired by temples in Thailand, while rugs feature Moorish motifs and Moroccan patterning. Also look for African kuba cloths, Central Asian suzani prints, ikats, Scandinavian designs, intricate Indian handiwork and Chinese medallions, lotus blooms and anything dragon-related. The ethnic trend also finds inspiration close to home, as Native American dream-catchers, feathers and tribal patterns influence decoration and print.