Home Design Trends for 2013

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The top home decor trends for 2013 are already emerging, and homeowners seeking a fresh look will find a lot to love. Not only can these looks be accomplished at minimal cost, they can also be coordinated in advance with builders, giving the homeowner a sense of participation in the process.

Here is a quick look at the emerging trends for 2013…

In the kitchen

Kitchens need to be functional, but in this hub of the home style is just as important.

Upholding practicality while adding visual interest is a top trend this season. Two-toned upper and lower cabinet colors are rapidly growing in popularity as a way to let homeowners customize their kitchen spaces and express their personalities.

  • Maple is the style frontrunner when it comes to wooden cabinets, but painted cabinets in white, black and gray tones are also on the rise. Whether you opt to replace your cabinet fronts or paint them, your efforts will give you impressive, and fast, results.
  • On functionality, innovative hands-free faucets simplify cooking and cleaning tasks while requiring minimal effort to install.
  • Open shelving is seeing a boost in popularity. Both glass-fronted cabinets and simple open shelves capture this trend, allowing you to put your style on display while creating a sleek, updated look.

In the bath

A luxurious-feeling bath doesn’t need to make big demands on the wallet. By making a few on-trend updates, the bath can have designer appeal guaranteed to make an impression.

  • The vanity is the focal point in a bathroom. Create a storage-savvy built-in vanity that fits perfectly while also adding functional drawer and countertop space.
  • Tiling provides the perfect solution to add extra personality to your bath. Right now, trends offer two different but equally chic directions – large-scale tile and small-scale mosaics. Tiles with wood-like appearances are also gaining popularity; they create a warm, inviting look, but offer the wet-space practicality of tile.

Throughout the home

When it comes to low-effort, big-impact, it’s hard to beat paint. For walls that feel drab and boring paint makes a color statement and draws attention to architectural details. Follow these paint tips to make an instant, dramatic impression:

  • Alter the dimensions of a space by painting ceilings a slightly lighter color than the walls.
  • Create patterns and shapes using painter’s tape. Stripes, chevrons and ombre effects are perfectly on-trend.
  • Highlight architectural details by painting interior doors and trim in a colorful hue instead of traditional white.

These low-cost “upgrades” can completely change how a how feels, making each home a work of art.

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