Top home trends for 2013

SAM ALLEN
Last updated 15:32 25/02/2013

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Each year, during January and February the world's top designers showcase their new collections to the rest of the design industry at trade shows such as the Maison & Objet in Paris and Home in London. This month also signals the release of the colour report by global authority on colour, Pantone, for the upcoming spring season. So for anyone looking for the next big thing in home fashion, here's a list of the top trends to watch out for in 2013.

COLOUR

For more than a decade, Pantone's Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions across numerous industries including fashion, home and industrial design, and the colour connoisseurs herald emerald as this year's colour to watch.
Most often associated with precious gemstones, emerald is said to represent beauty, new life, growth and prosperity in many cultures. Used as an accent colour or main palette, this jewel-like hue will create a sophisticated and luxurious feel in any room.

MORE COLOUR

Pantone's colour gurus have also selected nine complementary colours that work seamlessly with each other and the colour of the year, providing an excellent tried and tested palette for your convenience. Here are their choices:

- Lighter blues and navy increase in importance.

- Leathery brown becomes more important as a basic.

- Olive becomes stronger.

- Purple is still evident.

- Brights have a singular status for winter.

- Camel evolves into cappuccino and creamy hues.

- Yellows become softer and less sporty.

- Reds are becoming more orange.

- Traditional winter darks and berry colours are more mid-toned and less blackened.

KNITTING AND CROCHET

The revival in the popularity of craft among the younger generations has come to life via knitting and crocheting. From cushions and rugs to poufs and lamps, this old craft has filtered through to designers, who have revisited these old techniques to mix tradition with a modern twist.

BOTANICALS

Botanicals will continue to flourish in popularity. Whether it be large-scale graphic prints or ditzy 1950s designs, botanicals are an easy way to bring the outdoors in. The trend encompasses a wide range of styles, colours, designs and looks; particularly eye-catching when teamed with fresh white backgrounds.

OUT OF AFRICA

African influences are going to be a key trend this year. To bring a global, ethnic feel to your home, try using warm colours, intricate patterns, faux animal skins, and handmade wooden furniture, carvings and sculptures.

WALLPAPER

From traditional and classic to contemporary and daring, wallpaper is making a big comeback. Small patterns in light pastel shades, ethnic prints and contrasting vertical stripes were just a few styles that took centre stage at recent tradeshows in Europe.

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RENAISSANCE PRINTS

Renaissance themes never seem to grow old in interiors and 2013 will see them come through in the form of prints from renowned artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rafael. Modernise this classical era by showcasing these images in a classic white frame.

MIRROR, MIRROR

With so many shapes, sizes and styles available, mirrors can work to visually expand a space and add an instant touch of style to any room. But they aren't just for hanging; more recently, mirrors have been used as accents and are appearing on everything from desks to dressers and coffee tables.

LETTERING

Wall writing in the form of vinyl stickers; wooden, metal or even hand-sketched will become more popular this year. Imagine your favourite quote elegantly scripted in the hallway, or your child's name beautifully appearing on the wall above their bed.

ANIMAL INSPIRATION

Animal shapes and prints return to the spotlight for another year. Lamps in the form of horses, clocks shaped like woodland animals, peacock cushions, and animal-printed fabrics; there's a style for every desire. For a bold look, try using a statement piece like a zebra print hide in a white room. Or for a more subtle look go for a serine Crown Lynn swan placed on a stack of your favourite books.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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