5 Home Accessory Trends in 2013
Interior design in 2013 is shaping up to be a dynamic year that reconciles many dated, retro accessories with present-day design trends. From velvet to brass, gilded to wrapped, soft to distressed, 2013 interiors are bringing lots of interesting textures and tones into the limelight.
From door handles to bathroom fittings to statement pieces, brass is making a big comeback in 2013. It brings an element of antique into the modern home, creating a unique aesthetic with its distinctive tone and brushed textures. Luxury home builders are even bringing brass into structural elements of new home designs this year. Brass can be seen incorporated in many new designer furniture pieces too. Whether you’re buying designer statement décor or trawling op shops for some authentic brass home wares, that metallic finish will set off your interior with style.
Wrapped furniture is taking off this year, bringing back a dated trend with modern flare. This year you’ll see lots more practical items of wrapped furniture that bring a real element of classic glamour into the room, using a contemporary edge to accent this eye-catching style. You’ll see chairs with calico or linen wrap, drawers with sheet metal wrap, even desk tops and floating shelves with leather wrap. Many of these pieces are really set off by bold, brassy studs, creating an almost industrial-style effect.
Verre églomisé, or Gilded glass, is a brand new trend this year that offers something really unique for the modern interior. Verre églomisé is created by gilding glass with gold or metallic sheet, creating a really luxurious looking aesthetic. You can choose to decorate a wall with a gilded glass feature or adorn a display shelf or side table with a gilded glass sculpture; whatever the accessory, highlight with a down-light to reflect and refract light, drawing the eye to your gilded piece and lighting up the surrounding area.
Say goodbye to stainless steel and sleek granite bench tops, move over marble, it’s all about that weathered look this year. Distressed wooden bench tops are a versatile design element that can suit a wide range of interior aesthetics. When used in open-plan, minimalist kitchens with solid, cool colouring and lots of sleek surfaces and sharp lines, the distressed bench top can create a classic industrial feel. A weathered wooden countertop in a small cottage kitchen can really highlight a country chic or French provincial style.
Velvet accessories are another familiar visitor from the past that are making a comeback in 2013. Velvet upholstered occasional chairs, arm chairs and sofas bring an element of softness into sleek, severe interiors when paired with minimal architecture and colour palettes. Without taking the plunge into fully velvet furnishings, velvet throws and cushions are providing a simpler approach to softening your bolder items of furniture. Even velvet curtains are making an appearance this year, with many textile designers bringing out velvet lines in trendy colours and with intricate detailing.
Bring a little retro back into the home with these funky designs trends to balance the modern and the passé in confident yet quirky 2013 style. If you are looking for additional inspiration, check out Coral Homes’ range of display homes in an area near you. They are all decorated with the latest trendy accessories and are a great place to get some ideas for your own home.
Written by Katie Stevens