Top Interior Design Ideas & Trends:
We’re already in February, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and in the blink of an eye we’ll be looking at end of year festivities once again. But let’s keep 2013 alive just a little bit longer and take a look at some interior design ideas that came out of 2013.
One of the biggest trends was to allow gardens and patio areas to become extensions of the living area. Not only were designers bringing the outdoors indoors with natural materials and greenery; but more people chose to build conservatories or sun rooms on to their homes, even using them as home offices.
While patios have always been popular in summer, many homeowners have chosen to close off their patios to make them more usable in winter too. While some have opted to build proper walls around their patios, leaving one side open to the garden, a more popular choice was to fit outdoor blinds that can be lowered in cooler or wetter weather and raised in warmer weather, making patios perfect for outdoor parties and get-togethers any time of the year.
2013 has shown a strong trend towards environmentally friendly design. To lower your carbon footprint, it’s become vital to introduce various green elements into the home, many of which are wonderful ways to reduce the ever-increasing cost of electricity. These can also increase your home’s resale value.
Cost-saving green elements include boreholes or rainwater tanks in the garden, as well as solar water heating systems or at the very least, timers on the geyser.
Another big trend is to move away from mass-produced décor to handmade artworks and other decorative pieces. These need not necessarily be made by you if you don’t feel artistic enough to create your own. Rather, support your local craft market where you should find many beautiful handcrafted or vintage inspired items to give your home a unique look.
Mixing Modern and Classic:
Having said that, another strong trend from 2013 was to mix and match design styles instead of choosing just one look for your entire home, especially when it came to modern and classic décor.
A great way to achieve this look is to go for a mostly modern feel with clean lines and simple furniture but then to include one statement piece that you may have inherited from your grandparents of found during one of your visits at the market. This can include a beautiful vintage chair, ornate dresser or even some beautiful ornate drapery in a classic fabric to frame your window blinds.