The Laminex Group Design Director, Neil Sookee, outlines four trends that will be leasing a new life into living spaces.
Materials and spaces will be used in different and interesting ways over the next 12 months and beyond so here are the top home trends for 2013.
Trend 1: Super Natural
Super Natural is all about taking cues from nature to add depth and dimension to an interior. Decorative surfaces are textured, pared back and raw to mimic the natural look and feel of woodgrains and stone.
Super Natural authentically imitates nature and blurs the boundaries of real and unreal surfaces.
Trend 2: Colour Splash
Related to colour blocking, where large areas of contrasting chromatic colour are used side by side, Colour Splash uses a small area of contrasting colour set against a neutral expanse.
Colour Splash represents greater confidence and expressiveness with the use of colour. By definition, colour contrast must be used in conjunction with white or other neutrals.
Trend 3: Alfresco Living
With the line between interiors and exteriors blurring, Alfresco Living, is more than having an outdoor table and chairs, it’s a trend that creates an integrated space between indoors and outdoors. It’s where the comforts of interiors are enhancing outdoor spaces.
To create the Alfresco Living look is to use accent colours to harness both the inside and outside of a home with the use of accessories like outdoor cushions.
Trend 4: Warming Grey
Long-lasting and sophisticated grey is seeing something of a resurgence for modern interiors. Grey can be combined with natural woods or organic based colours like yellow-greens, oranges and reds for more vibrant effect. When used as a woodgrain colour, grey invokes a sense of the graceful aging of a material with exposure to the elements and the passage of time.
But grey can also be warming. The potential coldness of purely neutral grey takes second place to warm, brown-based greys. This is a strong environmental reference that to us marks a natural evolution of brown in the palette which is something of a global phenomenon.
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