Just like clothes, interior design has fashion trends that move in cycles. Of course, (almost) nobody is that worried about being on trend that they redecorate their home every season, so the trends tend to change annually. Even then, it is unlikely that you’ll want to redesign every room in your house once a year based on fashion, because that would be expensive and time consuming, and also kind of wasteful. Instead, if you aren’t planning to paint any rooms this year, you can choose new accessories to add these fantastic color themes in a more cost effective and convenient way. New vases, rugs, picture frames, artwork, throws, lampshades or cushions are all great ways to invigorate a room with this year’s hottest colors.
Here are the schemes to try in 2013:
Muted tones are the in thing for 2013, so while a coastal look is also very fashionable, think subdued sea greens and sand colors rather than bright, tropical aquamarine and gold. The effect to go for is very much more one of a beach on a stormy day than a Caribbean paradise. Rather than pairing these colors with bright white, look out for deep pale grays and sandstone beiges.
Another big theme this year is tribal colors, but again, the muted, subtle versions of these tones rather than bold oranges and yellows. Rich terracottas with tattoo blacks and desert beiges are big news, along with deep cactus greens. This kind of ethnic coloring is very easy to introduce with accessories, and works very well with wooden furniture.
The 1920s is making a big comeback in 2013, both in fashion and in interior design. This means colors that give an air of sophistication and glamor, particularly dark jewel greens, wine colors and deep grays. This is a look that can work very well if your room is painted white or gray, and also goes very well with dark shades like dark blue or charcoal. You can add the art deco feel both with color and with shape, so look for ornate yet geometric patterns and structures in your accessories and furnishings.
Food colors are hugely popular this season, and not just for kitchens. The colors to go for to include this culinary theme in your home are spice colors, which tend to be beiges, browns and deep reds, along with forest greens and accents of bright fruit colors. The inspiration should be natural, yet themed very much on exotic spices and herbs rather than grass greens or hay yellows.
Adding these colors to your rooms can give you a refreshed, modern look while also letting you get hold of some versatile pieces that will work beautifully alongside things you already have. By having your rooms in a neutral color scheme it is really easy to refresh with the latest trends every time you are in the mood for a cool new look. Pick out pieces you really love but which are also likely to be useful as fashions change to get the best value for money, or buy cheap accent pieces you can rotate out, much as you might do with your wardrobe!
This guest post is authored by Mathew Bing, an interior designer and a part time blogger. He likes to share his ideas about interiors such as choosing the right decor or layering colors. His passion and experience has made him very successful in this field.