With just a couple of days left in 2013, it's the perfect time to reflect on some of the great trends and styles introduced in the past year. These trends, originating from taste-makers and fabric and furniture designers have since trickled down to much larger retailers like Target and Wayfair. Two thousand and fourteen will bring some new and groundbreaking interior design trends (Radiant Orchid, anyone?), but before we make the transition, let’s reflect on what 2013 made big.
Although it was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, we will not be saying goodbye to this color anytime soon. It’s classic and preppy hues transform any space with ease and sophistication. The deep rich color works great with a variety of colors, from bright orange to classic navy, to burnt yellow, and gold. From fabrics to paint colors, this color is here to stay – and even plays nicely with Radiant Orchid.
While tufted furniture is not necessarily new (having originated in England and France during the 1300s and 1400s), it has made a major comeback in 2013. This style of upholstery is more elegant and in fact, it was one of the ways upper classmen would show off their money as tufting requires more fabric than other upholstery methods. Tufted furniture has the ability to transform a space – giving it a more defined and regal look. And this trend won’t be going away in 2014.
Originating in Indonesia, ikat is a dying process similar to tie-dye with colors bleeding. However there is more structure and pattern with ikat techniques which allows the color bleeding to have a consistent pattern. With larger retailers, we started off 2013 with ikat in blue and white combinations. However as the year progressed, we now see ikat in a variety of different colorways and available almost anywhere.
With mirrored chests, tables, and even trays, the furniture world was overtaken by mirrored accents this year. Luxurious bedrooms were filled with matching mirrored nightstands, while mirrored-top coffee tables added glam to an otherwise dull living room. We will continue to see the use of mirrored accents in 2014, but in more subtle ways.
It has been a big year for gold (and brass). Almost all furniture retailers are embracing the gold look – and even larger retailers like Target have hopped on board with their Treshold brand. Previously, there was limited use (and more expensive) of gold and brass tones in furniture, but now the finish has become more affordable to the greater population. And it has the ability to transform anything with some elegance and shine.
What were your favorite trends of 2013?