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Hot Interior Design Trends for 2013

by  on February 28, 2013RealEstate.com Guest Contributor

They say that “a man’s home is his castle,” and nothing puts a unique stamp on things like interior design.

Much like the fashion catwalk, interior design trends change and fluctuate all the time. If you want to be on the cutting edge of home décor trends, look no further. Here, we look at five of the biggest interior design trends for 2013.

1. The Social Kitchen

An open floor plan with bar seating makes the kitchen a social spaceThe social kitchen trend has been growing in recent months and is set to continue in 2013 and beyond.

Kitchens with open floor plans offer plenty of space to prepare and cook food, as well as eat and socialize in a wide, open setting. There is also a growing demand for kitchen bar areas, allowing people to chat in a communal area while someone cooks. Your new kitchen should be contemporary in design, boasting soft, neutral colors.

2. Fabrics and Textures

A variety of textures plays a huge part in making your house feel homey – especially in the winter months. Bring a cozy feel into your living room and bedroom by investing in some throw pillows, cushions and new bedding. Make sure you mix up the textures; sheepskin, cashmere, wool and linen can all transform a room with minimal effort.

Opulent fabrics and textures are always a great way to make a room look and feel more expensive. Juxtapose a lavish armchair with a fleecy throw pillow for a “just thrown together” look that will help your rooms feel more homey.

3. Bold Colors and Patterns

2013 is the year of bold, standout colors and patterns.

Color blocking and color clashing have been big fashion trends, and they are equally big in the world of interiors. Primary colors are no longer just for children’s rooms – they should be used across your house. If you’re nervous about bold colors, consider a statement wall or loud piece of furniture. For a more subtle take, include colors in your décor.

Bold, geometric patterns are also big news for interiors. Think funky and futuristic. A few scattered cushions, a statement quilt, or a wall hanging are great ways to bring this trend into a room without blinding all your guests.

Neutral colors are safe, but using bold colors is a hot interior design trend Picture via ikea.com

 

4. Natural Touches

Au natural is no longer just confined to the bathroom. Bring raffia, oak, and woven details into each of your rooms in a simple a subtle way. A soft, fleecy rug by a fire; woven baskets filled with trinkets; and oak furnishings are perfect ways to rock this trend. Just remember to keep it simple. These touches will look great juxtaposed against your modern décor. But keep this interior trend to a minimum; less is certainly more.

Choose natural materials to create a warm and contemporary interior design Picture via crateandbarrel.com

 

5. Masculinity

Huge leather chairs, dark oak finishes, and oversized everything is how adept interior designers choose to convey masculinity. The final interior design trend for 2013 brings the bachelor pad up-to-date with a bang, making it perfect for the modern family man. The perfect location to “man-up” your house is in your living room or bedroom. Masculine touches can include bringing in some high-tech gadgets, chunky furniture, and deep colors.

There are a whole host of hot design trends to look out for in 2013. If you’re thinking about revamping your house this year, try one of these!

This guest post was written by Walton Homes, a leading builder of new homes in central England. Visit their website to find your dream home, and start planning your interior design today.


Ismar Maslic, GRI / Broker

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