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5 Design Trends for 2013

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life:

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With the beginning of a new year, I always love to think about trends that are past, some that I hope stay in the past, and new ones on the horizon. It’s amazing how trends become more and more refined each time they come around. I don’t decorate my home or the homes of clients based on trends, but on what I {and they} love. Keeping current trends in mind is smart, so your home looks up-to-date whether it’s trendy or not.

Here are 5 Fabulous Design Trends for 2013…

Emerald Green

Emerald Green is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013. It is quite the contrast from last year’s Tangerine Tango. I love the cool grandeur that emerald green brings to a space. Personally, I’m attempting to rid my house of a plethora of red to transition to cooler and more subdued colors. Green, albeit not emerald green, is going to make a grand appearance.

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Repurposed Items

The financial recession brought with it a craze of diy-ing, repurposing, recycling and a mentality of using what you have. I think this trend will continue to be strong through 2013.  Don’t think for a moment that repurposing can’t look classy. It’s the in thing and a little spray paint goes a long way on furniture, accessories and more!


Brass began coming back last year and I only see it gaining greater traction in 2013. The aged patina that brass gains with time is incredibly beautiful. Along with brass, other metallics {gold, chrome, silver, etc.} are also popular when used individually or – even better – mixed.

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Bold Patterns

Bold, graphic patterns make simple textiles into statement pieces. Pillows and small upholstered chairs are popular ways to add bold patterns to a space, as well as large pieces such as an area rug or window covering. Go big or go home! Be bold with patterns and colors!

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Natural Elements

Nothing brings an entire room together like natural elements do. They balance textures and they add warmth and dimension. I love natural elements like grass cloth wall coverings, wool rugs, wood beams, jute or rope and mixed wood tones. I believe a “trend” of using a mix of natural elements will continue well into 2013.

Each of these five trends has the potential to be a classic element. I appreciate trends that I can balance with the reality of my home and it’s ever changing decor.

Do you use any of these “trends” in your home? Is there one that you may focus on implementing in 2013?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.