Despite its negative reputation, the number 13 does not always
have to be unlucky. Take these top 10 decor trends for 2013
from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across
the country. They are fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to
A splash of color – Industry leader Pantone’s annual fashion color
report sets the tone for home decor as well as clothing, and the
spring 2013 report is no exception. Its softer-hued palette of
Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, African Violet, Grayed Jade, Linen and
Tender Shoots is emboldened by Monaco Blue, Poppy Red,
Emerald and Nectarine.
Not your mama’s wallpaper – Repositionable wallpaper is a
new decorating mainstay. You can easily search online peel-and stick
wallpaper that is available in such themes as vintage, dots,
flower prints and modern. These can be removed and reused
hundreds of times without losing their adhering qualities. Some
companies offer color matching to allow customers to match their
repositionable wallpaper to an existing paint color, updated
decor or the new Pantone color palette.
Cooking up smart ideas – Next year’s contemporary kitchen will
include European frameless laminate cabinetry, multi-tasking
appliances, hands-free faucets, and increased smartphone and
tablet functionality. Value-oriented remodels will remain popular
with homeowners incorporating existing flooring, fixtures, cabinets
and/or appliances into their design plans to save money and
retain favorite design elements.
Let it shine – Energy-efficient LED products will continue to
dominate lighting, and will be prevalent in coves, tray ceilings,
toe kicks, and under and above cabinets. Chrome and polished
nickel will appeal to the emerging “Y” generation and baby
boomers modernizing their retirement homes. Tall, slender
outdoor lanterns in contemporary, cottage and transitional styles
will work well for those in smaller urban spaces.
Heavy metal – Home furnishings will also shine in 2013. New
metals such as rose gold and gun metal will be mixed, and
pierced, hammered and oxidized textural metals will be
especially popular. Vendors will add metal to their wood pieces,
and faux metallic animal print will provide texture and reflective
light in the textiles arena.
There is no place like home – Even as the economy shows signs
of improving, homeowners still find comfort in “cocooning” in the
warmth and safety of their homes. Adding an on-trend color such
as cranberry or velvety chocolate to a soothing palette of muted
tones and delicate detailing creates timeless interiors, and
incorporating vintage pieces fosters a sense of nostalgia,
heritage and solidity.
“Woodn’t” it be nice? – Next year’s trendy furniture will boast
reclaimed wood or reclaimed-looking synthetic wood.
Combinations of wood and metal will be popular, such as a desk
with a wood top and an iron base. There will also be a new
freedom to mix metals, linen or stone into wood, with the
juxtaposition of materials and finishes creating a beautiful
Watch your step – One of the biggest style trends of the year
will be porcelain tile that emulates the look of hardwood in hightraffic
areas, offering the natural beauty of wood with the longlasting
durability and ease of maintenance of tile. Rectangularsized
tiles – particularly those in long, linear plank styles – will
remain popular in floor and wall applications.
Back to nature – Consumers’ eco-friendly focus on using organic,
sustainable materials will continue into 2013. Homeowners can
choose from woven wood shades made from bamboo, grasses,
jute, reeds, rattan and other natural renewable resources for
honest, simple beauty. Timber and wicker furniture, ribbed and
woven finishes on accessories, and layered wool throws included
in the living area or the kitchen to bring a sense of the outdoor
into the home.
You can judge a book by its cover – Exterior design and
landscaping say just as much about a home as its interior
architectural counterparts. Stone, concrete and brick that blend
into the environment are gaining popularity as they require little
upkeep, and are superior to weather susceptible wood decks,
rust-prone metals and dulling plastics.
Lisa Doyle, www.TheDoyleTeam.com, Greg Doyle, San Ramon Homes, Danville Homes, Bay Area Homes, Bay Area Short Sales, Bay Area Foreclosure, Short Sale in San Ramon, East Bay Real Estate Market, Hardship