Here are predictions for 2013 that should have some staying power.....Geometric patterning
Really, geometric patterning has never gone out of style; it has periods of resurgence and 2012-13 seems to be one of those periods.
Pantone's colour of t he year 2013 (Emerald) in a geometric trellis pattern with a botanical motif on cushions. I've always loved the look of florals and other nature inspired themes with geometrics.What is fresher than white and green?Nature motifs
Naural elements run the gamut from flora or fauna to stones and seashells. Use of feather motifs and faux furs are on the upswing . Look for botanical or animal motifs in art, fabrics, or accessories.
Peacock feathers are everywhere lately. I just saw a great display on the Pier 1 website and here's another selection. The colours are so fresh; you can't go wrong with a peacock blue accent in your home. It works with so many colours from chocolate brown to cream.
More feathers, but this time the real thing used as a centerpiece.
Found treasures on a lovely printed runner. source
And feathers lead to birds of every variety. The lovely black and white accent chair or the graphic bird sheets would work well with bold pops of colour - remember the peacock blue?
Lighter hardwood floors
I know everyone was talking about dark, dark, dark floors and cabinets over the last several years, but the trend is swinging back quickly. That doesn't mean you have to follow it. Go with what you love. Personally you would never get me to put dark wood in my home - too oppressive and heavy. Whatever is in style my floors will be as light as I can get them.
A move back to lighter and mid tone woods especially bamboo is trending in the new year. Bleached and grayed woods are everywhere. Lighter tones are so much easier to decorate around and they provide a more expansive look in smaller homes than the darker woods of the last several years. From Veranda magazine..."When wood flooring is reclaimed or has the look of being previously used even if it wasn't, it has a softer quality that allows it to blend in as another neutral without calling too much attention to itself or instantly drawing your eye downward."Resurgence in gold toned accents
Gold finishes are becoming more prevalent in furniture, lighting, and hardware. They work especially well with complex grays and dark chocolate browns. Open walls in kitchens
Pinterest Backsplash to the ceiling
Much of what is trending in kitchen design comes to North America from European design centres. Travelling provides a glimpse into how different our kitchens are when compared to those in Europe where lighter and sleeker looks prevail. Slab doors, no handles etc. Be prepared for a decrease in upper cabinets and more open space, supported by larger pantry areas.
Style at Home
With the appearance of open spaces on walls above the stove or around a window, tiling goes to the ceiling. Stainless backsplash tiles in both glossy and matte finishes are popular and will have good staying power as long as stainless appliances are around. They work with wood and light cabinets.
Mixed colours in cabinets
Cabinets in two colours are currently trendy, but be careful that you don't create problems in balance when you have high contrast colours. Be especially careful of this look in smaller spaces where it can look very chopped up.
A darker island is always an option if you want to use two colours. Visual weight can be balanced by other darks in the space. Reclaimed materials/eco friendly
The patina of reclaimed materials adds depth to a neutral scheme. Repurposing, recycling and reusing has been a strong trend for a number of years now and will continue as an earth friendly alternative to the consumption of new materials. In eco- friendly style only the basics are considered necessary and a less cluttered, more zen-like environment is created.
You will often see the use of simple materials paired with more upscale objects like the zinc lamps and upholstered ottoman. You can create an interesting room by blending objects of low and high prices, textures and design elements.
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