#9: RECLAIMED WOOD! If everything in your home was bought at the same time and has nearly the same age to it, chances are you’re struggling to find ways to add character and charm to your interior. Reclaimed wood may be your answer! 2012 saw a surge of reclaimed/recycled wood case goods flood the market and this trend will continue through 2013! Generally crafted from the wood of deconstructed factories, barns and old houses, reclaimed wood furniture and accessories are finding new relevance inside our homes. Beyond the eco-responsibility of reusing materials, it’s indisputable that reclaimed wood brings beauty and character that nothing else can. Each piece’s imperfections make it unique…no two pieces are alike. In the modern era, with the luster of high gloss lacquers, shiny tiles, flashy wallpapers, sparkling crystal or glass light fixtures, the worn matte texture of reclaimed wood furniture and accessories help to ground the space and provide balance so that everything doesn’t feel so manufactured. These pieces are literally diamonds in the rough and help balance new with old. Now that reclaimed wood goes beyond flooring and has extended to wall installations, furniture and accessories, as with most of the Trends I’ve talked about this year so far, a little bit goes a long way….balance and integration of reclaimed woods with industrial or modern styling is the key, otherwise you might find yourself living like Laura Ingalls! (just sayin’)
#8: WRAPPED FURNITURE! So many furniture companies are offering an assortment of wrapped case goods in 2013. Nothing adds a sophisticated eclecticism quite like an uph…olstered dresser or side table in a room. It automatically evokes a sense of contemporary whimsy whether wrapped in leather, linen, stainless, zinc, shagreen (sharkskin) or even burlap! You may not have paid attention to it before, but now you’ll definitely recognize just how much this trend is catching on!
#7: GRAPHIC PRINTS & PATTERNS! A very big trend within the textile industry in fashion and interiors is digital prints on fabric and wall covering. Drab, dull and overly neutral rooms are getting their energy shot in the arm with bold graphic patterns and prints in 2013. From accessory pillows to wallcover, draperies to throw blankets, it’s the design that’s the design! Not all have to be in neon bright colors either as there are plenty of metallic or tone on tone options available as well. Layering the prints can be tricky but for instance, bold patterned pillows on a classic line, tailored neutral sofa can define the personality of the entire room!
#6: BRASS! For all of you who are just getting around to finally changing out all of your cabinet pulls, door hardware and hinges to brushed nickel, you may want to rea…d this memo….and don’t shoot the messenger! Yes indeed Brass is making a BIG resurgence this year. From Brass furniture, picture frames, accessories, lighting and fixtures, the warm hue of gold is back in fresh ways. When we all lived in the “beige box”, we used warm paint tones and accented in cool metallics…SO…over the past few years the “NEW beige” has been gray, and so it stands to reason (and trending) that as we’ve moved to cooler paint tones, the trend is to balance this with the richer, warmer tone of Brass metallics! With so many designers looking to the ’70s & 80’s as inspiration fit’s inevitable that brass and bronze will show up more—from accessories by Carl Aubock to cocktail tables by Gabriella Crespi to virtually entire rooms by Kelly Wearstler, brass is the metal of the moment.
#5: TEXTURED WALL PANELS! These types of wall panels have been most commonly seen in commercial environments like hotel lobbies, nightclubs and day spas but 2013 shows… a big trend toward accenting these in the home! These textured wall panels are made from an entirely green (recycled natural) material, can be painted any color you want and some even have acoustical value (ie. MEDIA ROOMS, HOME THEATERS)! I’m not recommending you cover your walls with this look, but I do think it has high impact for focal walls of importance, such as in the entry hall, powder/guest bath room, fireplace wall, Master Bed Wall. For smaller applications I think this will be on trend for backsplashes, Closet walls (Ie. Closet Doors, camouflaging the doors in a seamless application with the wall), or even as a tub surround in the master bath! Left white and grazed with colored lighting, you can change your walls with the color of your mood! Your eyes do not deceive you in that last photo, there is recessed lighting INSIDE the wall to help accent the texture and make a WOW statement!