Trend forecasters around the world are predicting a strong and imaginative direction in interior design in 2013.
With the market continually becoming less segmented and more global, trends are directed by social, economic and political changes that can prepare designers for today’s well-researched consumer and a rapidly changing market.
With uncertain times ahead, interior design trends are moving toward inspiring and capturing personality through the element of design.
Emerald was recently dubbed the 2013 Color of the Year for its balancing and harmonious properties.
It is said to be the colour of “growth, renewal and prosperity,” reinforcing the bright and clean colour palettes designed to attract customers back to the market.
There is also a revival of natural finishes and dyes linking color to products that are both useful and promote comfort. The coming year will see a less structured approach to colour placement, with unusual color combinations encouraged.
2. Natural Materials
Design is more relaxed than ever, and sustainability will remain a high priority. but 2013 will bring about an increase in lighter textures and an appreciation for natural materials.
Organically sourced materials including stone, natural rug fibers and wood will be used in the construction and decoration of spaces, exuding warmth and a style that is timeless.
There will be an integration of old and new products that engage with a customer’s emotions, with the modern generation conscious of its carbon footprint and dedicated to products that respect their well-being and the environment.
3. Prints and Patterns
While fashion and furnishing continue to be connected, there will be a focus on the opportunity to customize fabric designs based on current trends.
More and more interior design clients are opting for their version of prints and patterns that are inspiring, visually beautiful and reflective of their space.
Florals, always a print staple, are being revived on white backdrops in both modern and exotic designs, while stripes have moved from runway to upholstery in bold hues bringing movement to spaces.
There will be a focus on textured prints that are nice to touch and eco-inspired products including natural weaves and sustainable soft furnishing.
Patterns will be clean but sensible mix and match guidelines will be challenged as designers explore unusual print and colour combinations.