Friday, 1 March 2013

One for the weekend: Trends to look out for in 2013

This should have come in January, but hey....better late than never!  Here are the top 10 most talked about decor trends for 2013

1. DIY projects
Man has an inate desire for self expression. We like to express ourselves through the way we dress, the car we drive and definately, the pad we live in. We want to have furniture and decor that mean something, and tell our guest a little more about who we are and what we stand for.  Remember Diane Von Fursenburgs pent house from last month?  I would have been surpirsed if her pad was anything less than that.
 DIY could come in the form of an old couch being revamped or painting being reframed. Creativity is once again taken to the next level and the home owner is now more than before in control of their interior space.

2. Texture and Touch
People are in search for “touchable” textures, which inspire warmth and comfort as a way to engage and experience a proper home atmosphere. Suede and wood are two of the materials which will define the interior design world in 2013. Variety of textures will also be a key factor in arranging spaces

3. A New Relationship Between Men and Interior Design

As men continue to spend more time at home as a result of changes in societal norms, interior design as we know it will begin to be influenced more and more by their tastes.  
Clean lines, sober furniture details, less flashy colours and functionality are just some of the features expected in a home with male dominance. If you think about it- strictly from an aesthetic point of view- this situation can create a great visual balance, one that will make both partners feel at ease in their own home.

4. Embroidery and knitting
Unfortunately, by the 80's it was no longer fashionable to learn how to knit or embroider, hence most of us didn't see the need to learn everything our grandmothers taught us.
Embroidery and knitting is a major trend for 2013. From storage baskets to quilts to carpets, handmade is back.

5. Stripes, stripes more stripes
In 2013 social spaces will likely turn to design dynamics, in order to inspire vibrant living and energy. One of the most simple ways to achieve this effect is by employing stripes in an elegant manner. Carpets, wallpapers, upholstery, graphic art- each of these elements can wear the distinct feature of movement as long as they are defined by… stripes.
The idea is to make things stand out, without compromising in elegance or visual harmony.
6. Group Dynamics
Another interesting shift will be made from personal tastes to group tastes and from a single designer to interior design teams.
For example, when it comes to designing a room, one team member could do the planning, another could take care of the lighting effects and the third designer could take on the finishing touches. Having more people dealing with a project is a good way to share responsibilities and speed up the work process for the client.
7. Floral patterns with a white background
Floral patterns are also back in style, only this year they come with a twist: a white background. Ensuring a very romantic touch and giving the feeling of a perpetual holiday, these stylish additions make a strong statement in a room.
You can go experiment with several colours. Try new fabric covers, graphic art, wall paintings and wallpaper.
8. African themed decor
More and more modern villas are starting to showcase unique design themes and African influences are particularly considered exotic. In 2013 African themed decor may be a major trend, bringing warm colors and animal skin imitations back into the eclectic interiors of most style enthusiasts.
 In luxury holiday villas across the globe you will likely observe wooden furniture elements decorated with carvings or wrought iron, sculptures and handmade decorations, all defined by the African style.
9. Hand sketching and wall writing
Hand sketching and wall writing will be more and more popular this year, as graphic artists will start collaborating with interior designers in creating original wall imprints.

10. Green
Green living will be a key factor in design and architecture this year. From framed plant screens with lighting effects, to roof top gardens, this idea can bring a fresh and homely touch to any apartment or public space.
Green living is not only healthy, but also original and elegant.


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