I’ve scoured the design magazines and sites and have come up with this list of top design trends for 2013. In all honesty I look forward to seeing some of these trends in Edmonton showhomes, but there are others that I hope stay in the design magazines.
Informal/Natural landscaping – after centuries of taming the wild landscape with straight lines and edges, designers are embracing nature and creating gardens with a more natural feel. As we become more urbanized and removed from nature, we are starting to make whatever small outdoor space we have remind us of the great outdoors we get to enjoy on our holidays.
Natural Landscaping from House Beautiful
Pale or dark – one trend is to pair neutral shades of grey and white with pastel pink, apricot and lavender. Bleached floors and cabinetry and are also on the radar. If pale isn’t your thing, dark is in as well. Dark floors (and I mean really dark), cabinetry and walls are showing up in design magazines, all in the same room. Apparently mixing the two trends together is not a good idea, unless you go totally black and white. Personally, I can’t see myself living with either of these trends, but I’m sure there are people who will love it.
Pale or Dark from HGTV.ca
Go bold – if most of your home is neutral, go bold with colourful, textured backsplahes, light fixtures and area rugs. You can completely change the look of a room with a relatively simple lighting change, and your kitchen can be completely renewed with a fairly inexpensive and quick backsplash update. Geometric patterns are also very popular this year in design and fashion.
Brass and copper – oh no, brass is back. It’s not like the brass we saw around fireplaces and bathroom fixtures in the ‘80s, thank goodness. Brass and copper are warmer than chrome and nickel, and can be seen in lighting and plumbing fixtures, hardware and decorative objects. They mix well with other metals and their patina gets even better with age.