04 July 2011

Worldwide Interior Design Trends

Current colors for interiors

For 2013, the approach to color that has been adopted is one that is less structured and more subjective. There are more pairings of unusual colors and the mixing and matching of a variety of textiles, while maintaining a minimalist design. The color palettes being seen this year in interiors include grounded hues, such as darkened ivory, rich warm brown and ‘heathered’ gray, which inspire more simplistic and homely designs. There is also the so-called ‘cosmic’ palette; it draws on galactic colors, such as grayed lilac, warm mid-tone purple and tonal gray, giving any interior an otherworldly appeal. More tranquil shades, such as grayed dark blue, worn dark navy and grayed pale blue, are favored by individuals who wish to recreate a sanctuary in their homes. Finally, anyone looking to brighten their interiors can choose from a range of ‘hot’ colors, such as vibrant orange, blood red and deep red, to bring instant warmth and excitement to a room.

On-trend room themes

‘Touchable’ textures, such as suede and wood, are a popular trend right now. They bring comfort and warmth to any room and foster a more homely atmosphere. Colored cabinets are another hot trend at the moment. While white cabinets for kitchens are a classic favorite, gray or navy cabinets in shades of purple-blue and indigo are also proving quite popular. Non-traditional woods; for example, oak, bamboo, birch and walnut, are also being used more and more for cabinetry, in preference to more traditional choices, such as maple and cherry. Floral patterns and feathers are also very trendy right now and help add warmth and color to a room. African prints and tribal patterns, preferably in bold colors, are also in fashion.

Types of furniture

When it comes to furniture, 2013 is all about mixing various styles in order to achieve an individual look. The corner sofa is becoming a must-have feature in many living rooms today. The sofa comes in a variety of designs and fabrics to help create a personal and unique style. Tastefully made handcrafted items are also selling well this year, including chests and bookcases; they work especially well when blended with existing furniture. Beds with storage are another option and the latest models come in fun and exciting designs. Antiques are another tried and tested trend, especially when paired with modern furniture. Pieces range from coffee tables and armchairs, to dining tables and sideboards. Finally, there are accent chairs, which are quite reasonably priced and add real character to a room. There are a range of bright and dramatic colors and patterns to choose from for greater impact.

Types of flooring and window coverings

There are numerous types of flooring available, including hardwood, which is elegant and durable; oak, maple and pine are currently in favor. Marble tiles are another option for floors that are both durable and versatile; they are also very easy to clean and maintain. A more economical flooring option is laminate, which is strong, durable and easy to maintain.

When it comes to window coverings there are effectively two main types, soft and hard. Soft coverings include curtains, sheers and drapes, while hard coverings include blinds, shutters and shades.


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