Designers and homeowners alike are looking for something warmer than the cold stainless steel minimalism that has been so prevalent over the last two decades. Whilst many frontline designers have started experimenting on showroom floors, 2013 is tipped to see a significant resurgence of organic shapes, colours and textures in real homes. Below is a list of the top interior design trends for 2013 along with some practical tips on how to bring them to your house without breaking the bank.
1. Natural Materials
As above, people are tired of steel surfaces and sterile white walls, so this year we’ll see designers bringing in the wonderfully unorganised and organic elements of nature into almost every aspect of interior design. From floral print wallpaper to tree-stump coffee tables, natural materials will start to permeate the show-homes and real homes.
The beauty of this trend is that it literally “grows on trees”, why notget creative and try making your own natural wood feature piece. Go for a walk and collect some dead wood from your nearest park, sand it down and treat with an even coating of linseed oil, then finish it off by buffing with a dusting cloth and placing on your mantel piece or dining table. As opposed to varnish,the linseed oil gives it a raw and natural finish whilst still sealing and treating the wood, it is this unaltered look that will be so big in 2013. This organic effect can also be achieved with some of your existing furniture, so if foraging chunks of wood aren’t your thing then simply sand down your favourite chest of drawers to remove the varnish and apply the same linseed coating.
2. Get Brassy
So if you’re starting to introduce natural woods and organic shapes into your home, then sparkling crystals, golds and silvers might not be the best accompaniments. Word on the proverbial street is that Brass is coming back in a big way.
I love these elegant brass candlesticks from Etsy (a version of eBay for antiques) and you can find all sorts of brassy goodies when you start looking in Junk Shops and on Gumtree. The key is to keep it relatively plain and let the unique “dirty gold” colour contrast with other hues and textures in your home.
3. Marbles Surfaces
Season after season, marble appears in some form and I’m not complaining; I really enjoy the textured and solid feel of marble in kitchens and bathrooms. This season however, we’ll be seeing marble surfaces appearing in all forms and all rooms. Marble is consistent with the organic trends mentioned above with its unorganised and messy grain, but it also provides a lighter fresher feeling to offset the warmer tones of natural wood.
Marble doesn’t have to cost the earth however,in fact designer reproductions (like the one pictured above from Swivel) have been intelligently manufactured to use as much real marble as possible whilst keeping other costs low. Another low-cost option for larger surfaces like kitchen tops include marble veneers, where a very thin sheet of real marble (0.5”) covers a plywood core, and these can be bought from and installed by most kitchen specialists.
4. Affordable Art
In recent years, there has been a grassroots movement to make art more affordable, and it looks like it’s working. With an abundance of local art fairs and online auctions there are more opportunities to buy reasonably priced artworks than ever before.
Perhaps one of the biggest contributors to this “frugal-renaissance” has been the pervasiveness of oil paint’s cheaper cousin acrylic paint. This medium is much quicker to dry and generally easier to use than oil paint meaning that not only is the paint itself cheaper but each piece is less time consuming, and therefore more affordable for the everyday art lover like us. Artists all over the world are creating beautifully textured and original pieces (as this summery landscape from John Walsom shows), so why not add to your home décor by finding your nearest art fair or searching online for local artists.
5. Antique Juxtaposition
Perhaps one of the most interesting design trends forecast for this year involves the resurgence of antique furniture to juxtapose both the new organic trends and the existing contemporary elements already in most homes.
It is essentially “in with the old and out with the new”, and whilst professional designers will be scanning catalogues for genuine antiques, the beauty of this trend for us normal folk is that there are so many “antique reproductions” floating around that you can quite easily replicate this look on a shoestring budget.
As with many of the trends above, this can require a certain amount of research to find your nearest antique and junk stores. There are no returns policies, no free deliveries, and no optional colour schemes, but that’s exactly why I find it so exciting! Nevertheless, for those who don’t enjoy the chase as much as me, the internet has made this hunt much easier since a large number of older furniture can be easily searched for on Gumtree or eBay.
Consequently 2013 will start to bring organic tones blended with antique elements and juxtaposed with original artworks and contemporary flourishes. I wish you a happy 2013 and hope you enjoy adopting these trends as much as I will without digging into too much of the household budget!