Whats hot in home décor and whats on the way out as the calendar flips to 2013?
We asked members of The N&O Design Team to give us a peek at the latest trends and to share a trick or two to help the budget-conscious among us make whats on the way out in again.
Wallpaper, metals of all sorts (and mix em up to make a statement!) and bold color are in, as are eclectic looks in furnishings and accessories that give your space that curated-over-time feel. Their top outs? Fussy, meticulously matched or ostentatious décor that screams money.
But dont get hung up on the rules or be a slave to trends, our design experts say. Your space should tell your story and reflect your passions.
Geri Johnson of Home Styles in Cary
IN: Spaces that are eclectic, personal, inviting and fresh, that mix styles, textures and colors in interesting and different ways.
OUT: Rooms that are overly matched, themed or heavy.
To help make your out spaces in, consider:
• REassigning items to a different room or function. Mix it up!
• REinventing items by painting them black, white or a fun color.
• REmoving dated items and taking them to the attic or donating them to a good cause.
• REplacing tired items with something fresh like toss pillows in a new color to tweak your homes palette.
Bright and light
Jill Metzler-Wiese of Just Jill! Interiors in Durham
IN: Hot pink is the in color; rich gray and butter yellow is the hot combo. Octobers furniture market in High Point had every showroom comparing their pieces to fashion. Brightly colored leather is an accent to tweeds, houndstooth and heavy cottons in gray (the new tan). Buttons on upholstery are a must; add bling via lamps or pillow fringe accessories.
OUT: Big, heavy, dark brown leather upholstery on every seat in a room. Sofa, loveseat and recliner? Way too much weight! Adding a brightly colored area rug and large textured pillows will tone down the dreary feeling. A bit more to invest? Reupholster cushions in a heavy woven multicolored fabric. A gallon of paint and a rainy Saturday afternoon can yield some terrific results.
Alison Steele of A+S Design in Durham
IN: There will be a continuation of industrial materials formed into elegant pieces like Tommy Mitchells amazing metal flowers and cocktail tables, made in Hillsborough. Dont forget the local talent we have all around us!
OUT: Teal green. Emerald is the color of the year for 2013, so get your greens right!
Erin Cook of the Two Story Cottage (design blog) in Waxhaw
IN: Bold, colorful accents such as wallpaper are being paired with globally inspired accessories for a graphic, modern look. Brass is making a comeback along with calming neutrals and weathered wood.
OUT: Matching furniture sets are out. Break up furniture groupings and mix pieces with what you already own or replace an end table with a garden stool for a layered look.
M.A. Allen of MA Allen Interiors in Raleigh
IN: Mixing metals. I love a blend of warm and cool metals in hardware, lighting, plumbing and art and accessory selections. Long gone are the days of ordering all plumbing, door knobs, cabinet hardware and light fixtures in one finish, like oil-rubbed bronze or satin nickel.
OUT: If you have one finish throughout your home, swap out a matching light fixture for one in another finish and then use art and accessories to blend the differing finishes. Take it room by room.
Sustainable and local
Anne DeCocco of DeCocco Design in Raleigh
IN: More conscious shopping: People are starting to realize the impact that shopping locally, supporting small businesses and looking for those made in the U.S.A. labels can have. My clients also ask about sustainable products more and more, so I see that as a wonderful trend thats really picking up steam.
OUT: Anything poorly made or hard to keep clean!
Brass is back
Susan Tollefsen of Susan Tollefsen Interiors in Raleigh
IN: Brass is back. Not the lacquered, shiny 80s brass, but vintage brass with a patina. I am using it on interior door hardware and in bath fixtures. You must use the good stuff. Heavy and slightly tarnished are good.
OUT: Espresso wood the veneer stuff you have seen in every mass market merchant. Its too commercial, boring and has no history. Look for quality vintage wood or paint the espresso wood. A shiny, lacquered finish will give it new life.
Barbara Clare of Chroma 7 Color Design in Chapel Hill
IN: For dominant colors, muted tints of dusty salmon and lavender; shades of marine blue, terra cotta and Victorian burgundy. Think softened glamour with a retro feel; earthy, organic artisan crafts; the shadowy depths of Sherlock Holmes. For dominant neutrals: mid-tone browns with yellow undertones. Think leather satchels, camel coats, peanut butter on crispy toast.
OUT: High-voltage electric neons used as dominant colors. Want to rev up this muted palette? Spice up your spaces with 2013s accent colors: tangerine, magenta and chartreuse. Think warm glowing sunsets, vibrant pink orchids, and the energizing yellow-greens of spring. Black is out as a dominant neutral. The overall look for home décor in 2013 is soothing and restful. Warm, mid-tone browns can ground your rooms and provide a softer contrast.
Christine Rosario of C.R.I.D. (Christine Rosario Interior Design) in Raleigh
IN: Its all about giving a space attitude, with bold textiles and colorful patterns. No color is off-limits. Florals, checks and stripes will headline. Incorporate colorful pillows and throws in all sorts of patterns. One of my favorite ways to freshen up in my own home is to buy art online from poster companies and frame it in vintage frames I find at local flea markets. The cost is relatively inexpensive, and the impact is dramatic.
OUT: The old rules of matching drapes, paint, etc., are gone. Be adventurous. Experiment.
Go for whimsy
Stephanie Finucane of The Right Hue, LLC in Cary
IN: Two hot colors in 2013: emerald green and yellow. And citrus hues! Whether its floral, vintage or folklorish, patterns are back in wall coverings or linens. Whimsical is in!
OUT: Neon, but dont expect colors to quiet down too much. Tangerine tango (2012 color of the year) has staying power, but dont be tempted to go all matchy-matchy. Mix it up with other brights like fuchsia and turquoise.
Lisa Stewart of Lisa Stewart Design in Raleigh
IN: Create your own design statement with custom-made fabrics, artwork, murals or wallpaper. Show your personality using your own design, have one created for you or choose one from online libraries all using new digital printing techniques.
OUT: Avoid boring one-size-fits-all design formulas and strategies that lack interest and feel contrived. Instead add unique design elements like custom-made fabric to make a statement about your life.
Welcome Art Deco
Lori Zannino of LZ Design Consulting, Charlotte
IN: Mixing bold jewel tones and neon brights mixed with muted grays and beiges. Also in: textures (wide knits, burlap, wood grains, etc.) and mixing metals and woods in furniture and décor items. Art Deco style will see a resurgence with mirrored furniture and decor with strong angles.
OUT: An all-neutral color palette. Make this out an in by adding pops of color in your accessories.
Chevron and showers
Rosa Plaza Dest of Rosa Dest Interiors in Charlotte
IN: Chevron is in and in a big way. From wall coverings to fabrics to floor coverings, you are seeing it everywhere.
OUT: Gold-framed, glass-enclosed master bath showers. A sure way to make a huge visual impact is to replace these with frameless glass. Not only do you get an updated bath, theyre also much easier to clean.