Summer is almost over, kids are going back to school in a few days and as the weather changes, your attention will shift from outdoor activities to indoors. You will realize you want to organize things or take on some projects to improve your living space, so here’s some inspiration to get started based on the hottest trends in 2013.
Brass: This material is very popular with designers these days because of its luxurious look and its versatility in modern and traditional interiors. This material provides a timeless look and is budget friendly.
Green: Pantone declared the color of the year for 2013 to be Emerald green. This may inspire you to find the exact emerald color or just opt for the greens that are so trendy right now. This color is paired well with neutrals like black, white and gray.
Monochromatic: A monochromatic color scheme in light and subdued colors is also more prevalent, especially in bedrooms because life is very hectic and rushed these days and a serene space lets us unwind from the intense visual stimulation in today’s lifestyle.
DIY projects: Design blogs such as Designsponge.com and sites like Pinterest.com have brought inspiration to our fingertips. It’s easy to update a vintage find or family heirloom with paint, fabric and a little imagination.
Raw Materials: Natural wood, stone, and other textures are found in furniture and accessories in the modern design aesthetic to showcase the real beauty of materials. Even small touches like sticks, branches and wood stumps will bring an organic feel to your space.
Stripes: Let’s face it; paint is an inexpensive and versatile material that can be manipulated in so many different ways and stripes seem to be the most popular method at the moment. Whether it be a simple design that’s monochromatic or a complicated design with many colors, stripes will bring interest to the often-lackluster architecture of the 21st century.
Wallpaper: Wallpaper has made quite the comeback and if it reminds you of the dingy yellow and avocado green designs of the 70’s, you haven’t seen the variety of fresh colors and patterns of today. You can even get paintable wallpaper and customize it to your liking. It’s an easy way to update a small space or highlight an accent wall with a small budget.
Floral patterns: As we know, interior design and fashion design go hand in hand. Trends in one area inspire the other. Floral design has been making statements in the fashion world and interior designers have followed suit. Bold wallpaper, drapery and bedding have been boasting bold floral designs and the type of pattern you choose will dictate a vintage vibe or a modern fresh take on the classic design.
Art: Although art has always played a pivotal role in high-end interior design, this medium is a key ingredient in good design today because it is so accessible to the masses. From original artwork to prints and sculpture, sites such as Etsy.com are making it easy for everyone to incorporate some unique touches to their spaces.
Global Influences: Globalization has brought the world closer at a very fast pace over the last few decades and it is apparent in the design world as well. Mediterranean, Moroccan, Indian, Scandinavian and Asian design sensibilities are commonly emulated by designers and can easily be recreated in your home.