The three big interiors trends set to dominate 2013
Rough lux, au naturel and powerful colours — choose your style
Whether you follow an interiors trend depends, just like the catwalk, on what suits you and your lifestyle. Here we look at the three big trends set to dominate interiors this year, and at the ways you can work them.
1. ROUGH LUX
BEATEN, RUSTED, DISTRESSED — AND MASCULINE
The hottest trend is metal, part of the "rough lux" look — beaten, distressed, rusted, or super-shiny. The warmth of copper or brass adds richness and warmth and combines really well with dark tones and leather.
A pendant light from Tom Dixon or an entire copper bath each work their sultry magic. A key to making this sexy, masculine look bloom is directional lighting.
2. COLOUR BLAST
COLLECTABLE DESIGN STATEMENTS
For pure fun, you may just want to try a colour blast, in a collectable, mono-colour signature piece. Try a chair from design star Benjamin Hubert or an Eames limited-edition rocker (very comfy).
How about a wall in Marcel Wanders's amazing multi-coloured glass-mosaic flowers for Bisazza (right), or a fun Victor cupboard from Roche Bobois.
These design-statement pieces pack a punch, and clashes are as good as matches. Add extra splashes of colour to build the look with low-cost ceramics, cushions, or a bright lick of good old paint.
3. AU NATUREL
A TACTILE AND CALMING BACKGROUND TO LIVING
For a cosier au naturel look to take you through to the warmth of spring, choose top-quality plain fabrics such as linens or soft, warm wool in muted tones — sands, neutrals and earth pigments.
Let quality do the talking. If you like, add a traditional weave or ethnic pattern for variety. Understated naturals can be very sophisticated, providing a calm background for living.
To add a top note, try Ginger and Jagger's Figtree console, with branch legs.