Here are professionals’ predictions about how the shift toward a more personal and meaningful space will translate into designs and home decorating in 2013.
2. Antique brass. The coming year will see more brass being incorporated into the home, predicts Stanley. “I think antique brass is making a comeback in structural elements, hardware and other embellishments,” she says.
3. Bleached floors. Stanley also thinks people will start using lighter woods for floors and cabinetry again. “I see an increase in methods like bleaching, lyming and painting woods to achieve a lighter tone in flooring and cabinetry,” she says.
“I like the idea of companies like Crane & Canopy,” she says. “They have more flexibility to change designs based on client feedback and demand — and that’s a great thing.”
Interior designer Greg Natale says that although blue will be a big color in 2013, emerald green (recently named Color of the Year by Pantone, which makes naming color trends an annual event), Dior gray and salmon pink will also be all over the fashion runways and design showrooms.
6. Downsizing. Designer Jessica Helgerson looks at downsizing as a long-term trend. “New-development houses are getting smaller again,” she says. “People are interested in living in smaller spaces that are closer to downtowns rather than larger houses where they are dependent on their cars.” The designer has already gotten a few requests for the plan for her 540-square-foot home, one of the most popular on Houzz in 2012, which she says is a testament to a shift in the way people are looking at and designing their homes.Take a look inside Jessica Helgerson’s home
7. Faux shagreen. Faux shagreen (that is, not from sharks, seals or other creatures) is the new on-trend hide. It has a uniform, organic and textured look that ups the glamour and sophistication level of any interior. “Almost every showroom at High Point Market this year had faux shagreen,” says interior designer Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice of Christopher Patrick Interiors. She cautions that faux shagreen works only in natural colors and small doses. “Unfortunately, we saw a few showrooms with really odd shagreen colors. Shagreen desks, cocktail tables and chests look best when the hue is closer to grays, taupes, creams and neutrals,” she says.
9. Fanciful, artful furniture design. A huge trend that designer-stylist Cassidy Hughes is seeing in design shows is a more fun approach to furniture and product design. She says, “I see the melding of art in furniture and decor really progressing and becoming more accessible for people to literally take home into their living rooms next year.”