Interior Design Trends 2013

2013 Interior Design Trends
We are now 4 months into the year or the first quarter is over and winter has finally gone. So it is time to have a quick look at the Interior Design trends that I feel have been in focus the first few months and seem to be here to stay. Some of them I have mentioned on my trend pages in the past and a few we will discover through the year. Here it is 2013 Style Trends.


Colour Trend
Shades of Green with hints of Blue and yellow
Emerald is the Pantone colour of the year, but that is not the only shade of green which is big this year, leaf green and moss green are also quite big this year. Added to this are shades of blue-green like turquoise and sea green, also hints of yellow are seen in splashes, specially bright yellow. I have been rooting for Monaco blue and combination of Cobalt and Navy blue which I feel will be huge towards the end of the year, so that is another colour I would say we look out for especially in offices and sitting rooms.

Something which we love and speak about often on StyleCity is DIY projects. This has been a result of the recession with wastage looked down upon and now DIY projects are now becoming trendy and gaining power in Interior Design also thanks to the creativity they provide- be it revamping a chair or simply creating new accessories from old products. So you can use single cups from broken sets as candles or even put fairy-lights into wine bottles and use them for mood lighting. Anything with a touch of your personality looks Stylish and nothing is trendier than having your personality reflect in your space. For more ideas to Revamp and Recycle your space, click here.


Oriental Influence
“Some of the characteristics of the East which we will see include moveable walls as can be seen in traditional Japanese design. For example, in our homes we might want to include a moveable wall between the living room and dining room or bedroom and walk in wardrobe space – which can be closed to offer more privacy, or opened to create a larger more sociable and versatile space. Screens can be used to create divisions in a room. This gives the flexibility to transform spaces to suit our ever changing needs and uses.” Kelly Hoppen. I feel there will be a lot of oriental motif on wall papers, fabric and furnishing which will be seen majorly in Décor this year.

Mirrors and Brass
Mirrors are a versatile decorative element that gives instant polish to a room with little effort. Mirrors can be used to create elegance and drama to a room. The latest trend seems to be in using mirrors as works of art. You can use a cluster of mirrors, they are a cheaper investment than paintings and can be strategically placed to either reflect the outdoors or have different shaped interesting frames. Another big trend this season is Brass, but before you freak out it is not the shiny yellow brass, in its very modern avatar it is matt and looks very chic. It has always been very hot for lighting and plumbing fixtures but now it is huge for accessories as well, whether it is table top accessories like cutlery or water jugs or even lamp shades. My favourite is the brass and wood combination, it looks very sleek.

8 Striped Decor

Stripes, stripes, stripes
One of the simplest ways to achieve a vibrant lively effect in a space is by employing stripes in an elegant manner- A trend which has never really gone out of fashion but is now more prominent than ever in its modern form. This was a huge runway trend during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week, and it looks as if there will be no escaping stripes in home decor as well. It adds movement to the room and if you want it can also add a fun element. For stripes you can experiment with different thickness for the lines. Even the colours can be a mix and match of a few colours. For checks I would suggest very thin lines to make the square. Too thick and the room or furniture can look old-fashioned, unless traditional is your style then please by all means go ahead.

Trend Alert: Stripes

Fashion to Decor- Stripes
Another huge trend seen on the ramp this season was Stripes and everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Moschino to Ralph Lauren to Versace was seen using this print. Be it thin or thick, horizontal or vertical stripes is definitely one trend which is going to be a huge this season and it seems like it is here to stay. Stripes are also making a huge appearance in Home Decor, which is not all that surprising since they are everywhere and if used well can add spunk to a room. Fellow blogger Katie came up with spot vs stripes for this week, you can see her blog here where I also participate and you can too

trend- Stripes

1.Rainbow chair, Cappelini
2.Huges Road chest, Portside Cafe
3.Stripped Pouffee, Next
4.Plates, Missoni Home
5.Cushions, Marks and Spencer
6.Stripped Clocks, Diamantini & Domeniconi

Style and the City- Lado Sarai

As I had mentioned I got an invite from Mike and Priti Knowles my friends for an event at their store,The Hidden Gallery at Lado Sarai as a part of India Design ID so that was the begining of my India Design Journey. I stopped by at the store had a few glasses of wine and caught up with them while I browsed their collection. Besides furniture they also have a selection of international fabrics and lighting fixtures along with artworks and some products by Indian designers. Check out the Style Report for more on India Design.

The Hidden Gallery event a part of Style and the City, India Design
The Hidden Gallery event a part of Style and the City, India Design

Half Pint Beer Mugs by Design Bait  atThe Hidden Gallery Miniature Furniture by Mike Knowles at The Hidden Gallery

I heart the Half Pint mugs by Design Bait and the miniature furniture collection by Mike Knowles. Both available at The Hidden Gallery.

After this I hopped across to PortsideCafe to check out their latest collection which they had launched at Maison & Objet and was at display at the store as well as slated to be exhibited at the India Design Furniture fair. This launch has music being performed by Barefaced Liar and amazing cocktails flowing through the night. When I asked Bobby Aggarwal if he felt the non-traditional Leather furniture he designs if finally getting as much acceptance in India as it gets abroad his reply “I design what I like to design what I feel like designing. The people who understand my design accept it, those who don’t are free to reject it!” Well, we definitely love the new collection with the funky graphics and colors.

Barefaced Liar performing at PortsideCafe at the launch of the New collection
Barefaced Liar performing at PortsideCafe at the launch of the New collection

New collection at PortsideCafe New collection at PortsideCafe

Trend Spotting- PortsideCafe’s new collection has a lot of trends of 2013, for instance Hippy 60’s on the left and Stripes. Both of these will be big in the coming year.

Trend- Playful Stripes

Add a bit of playfulness into your homes and lives this Spring-Summer with bold colourful stripes. Designers on ramp have gone all out with mixing and matching colours and prints, we totally recommend it for your homes (and wardrobes). Here is our pick of products for this colourful trends to stripe up your life.

1.Floppy Hat, Debenhams 2.Cushion, Apartment 9 3.Chaise Lounge, Zaza Home  4. Scented Candles, Primark 5.Football, Paul Smith 6.Upholstered Chair, House of Design 7.Stripe Bag, HomeStop 8.Clutch, Gordon Max 9.Diary, Attic