The second in our series on interiors by Katie McCrum, a member of the British Institution of Interior Design (BIID) and founder and MD of London Rooms Design & Development Ltd >>
With the start of a new year and with the thought of spring on the horizon, it’s time to plan your interior space. But what’s the look this year?
Minimalist architecture is still going strong, along with glass, light and natural materials. Opening up spaces and linking them together is also here to stay. Open plan living is moving throughout the property and is not just reserved for the kitchen/dining area. Bedrooms with en suites will be transformed into continuous spaces as never seen before – very exciting! The garden is also becoming a great source of inspiration to designers, with the home being injected with accents of nature.
Yellow is the new tangerine and will dominate 2013, with any shade and tone making for fabulous walls, furniture and fittings. If you’re passionate about colour or need help perfecting colour matches for 2013, check out The Home And Interiors Set – Pantone Palettes 2013. Each collection has a different inspiration and mood, and they all contain a beautiful selection of both soothing and vibrant hues.
Fabrics and wall coverings
Patterns are making a comeback. They will be bold and clashing. Pure geometric shapes are expected along with florals, patchworks and vintage prints with a twist of white. Enjoy mixing them up – stripes, florals and geometrics together. Go crazy!
Tiles on walls and floors, in any room, are very 2013. New laser-cutting technology has taken tile design to another level. For example, timber porcelain is looking like the real thing – each tile/plank is different. There are some wonderful raised textures and smart geometrics. Tiles are becoming deliciously tactile.
Re-use! Making something from anything unwanted and unused is seriously in! Crafts are big, so try making cushions from old scarves, shirts and jeans. Random patterned patchwork quilts can look great draped over a sofa or the end of a bed. Have a go at DIY accessory design by removing the paper from a tin can and using it as a penholder or a small vase. Find an old wire lampshade and attach fabric birds or anything else you fancy.
This one is simple. Buy something that makes you laugh in 2013. Design should be fun!