As with fashion every year brings about a change in home interior design; some ideas are flights of fancy while other can make a huge impact on the look of our homes. This year is no exception to the rule, as such designers have come up with a list of ‘must haves’ to help brighten our living spaces even in these times of austerity.
Last seasons use of metallics is being carried over into Spring and while we may shy away from silvers and golds there’s a timeless quality about brass and copper as accessories, for example the bases of table lamps and picture frames. Coupled with this new found desire for metallics comes the need to add pattern into our homes; plain walls are out and soft patterns are in. You’ll find these not only on wallpapers but patterns for curtains, drapes and blinds will help break the monotony of plain walls.
With some of the gorgeous prints available designers are also turning their attentions to using fabrics to cover walls rather than paper. This provides a soft, tactile effect which harmonises walls and soft furnishings seamlessly.
Kitchens are also returning to being the hub of the home – the ultra modern appliances are still in place however, informal seating such as high stools to use with central islands or breakfast bars bring a closeness that many of feel has disappeared from our homes. To make a kitchen look and feel more homely choose the latest patterned kitchen curtains or team kitchen blinds with home-wares, such as table cloths and seat pads.
Bright bold primary colours are forecast to be seen throughout our homes, not just children’s rooms. These deep, intense colours are being used to make us feel alive and looking forward to the future; so no more shrinking violets with wishy-washy colour – in 2013 be bold and try something new in your home.
You may not like some of the trends, few of us do, however, you can take the pieces you do like and bring them into your home to make a statement on how you’d like to see your home in the future. Use these trends in small doses to start with and once they have grown on you and your family has become accustomed to the new look bring in another element so that you don’t tire of the transformation before it’s even got off the ground.