We're all looking forward to a fresh start at the beginning of the new year: Whether it's an updated fitness regime, pursuing new hobbies or getting organized, there are a slew of resolutions to try. In 2013, why not make a few changes to not only yourself, but also your home? By incorporating cutting-edge design trends, you'll add style and color that's perfect to kick-start the year.
Patterns that pack a punch
"No one wants a house that lacks personality," says HGTV designer and television personality Taniya Nayak. "The easiest way to infuse your style - while being on-trend - is with an impactful pattern." According to Nayak, there are a few prints to be on the lookout for in 2013:
• Chevron: a bold, dramatic, V-shaped pattern
• Geometrics: graphic, colorful shapes, delivering a vintage-modern look and feel
• Ombre: subtle color gradation of similar shades that's extremely versatile
• Ikat: tribal, swirls and diamonds reminiscent of tie-dye
• Moroccan: culturally-inspired, timeless and exotic motifs
"These powerful patterns can be easily achieved with a fresh coat of paint and a premium painter's tape, like FrogTape Multi-Surface and Delicate Surface," adds Nayak. "Treated with PaintBlock Technology, FrogTape can be used to create these new, intricate patterns for a haute interior just in time for the new year. And best of all, FrogTape will help deliver sharp lines, making your handiwork look like that of a professional."
When using bold patterns, it's best to find the right pairing of both the color and the print to not overwhelm your space. If you're looking to use bright colors, incorporate the patterns onto one accent wall or window treatments. If you're using neutral hues, try using a pattern on a larger scale, around the entire room or even a piece of furniture. "You don't want the elements of a space to fight each other," advises Nayak. "Considering the color, scale and intensity of any pattern in relationship to the rest of your decor will leave you with a finished space that is perfect for 2013 and beyond."
Mixing up materials
"The key to updating your home with the latest trends is finding a balance," says Nayak. "It's all about making it personal and adding elements that fit your lifestyle and design personality, without breaking the bank." One great way to make a big impact on a small budget is to mix materials, creating a blend of polished and raw in a room with modern and industrial elements.
"The rustic look will be extremely popular in homes in 2013, as it's elegant and comfortable," adds Nayak. "It provides a feeling of richness and warmth, while still being comfortable to actually live in the space." A great material for achieving the industrial and modern look is reclaimed wood. From frames, to furniture, this aged, repurposed wood can bring richness and a dose of style to any space.
Mixing materials can also mean utilizing different finishes throughout a room. In the kitchen, using contrasting materials makes your space look personalized. Try a mix of wood and painted finishes for a more layered and collected feel. By resisting the urge to perfectly match every piece, you'll have a space that looks current and works nicely together.
Look for the unexpected
"Just because a product is made for a specific purpose, doesn't mean you can't reimagine how it could be used," says Nayak. "For example, hanging materials on the wall that are typically used as flooring can be breathtaking. Wood planks or concrete panels, featured vertically and not just on the ground, add richness and texture."
Another great tip to accomplishing this trend is to look at construction materials in new ways. Molding and paneling can add architectural detail well beyond crown molding and baseboards. Installing framing on a wall and painting it with complementary paint colors can change the look and feel of any room. "Unique treatments instantly increase the texture, depth and visual appeal, without spending a lot of time or money," says Nayak. "And the greatest feature is that these updates aren't permanent, meaning you can continue to change your space as your style - and home design trends - evolve."
"The key to incorporating any trend is to make sure it accurately represents your style," adds Nayak. "The finishing touches are the final way to infuse personality into your updated space." Whether it's utilizing accents like pillows, throws and frames in your favorite colors, or a rug that reminds you of a beloved piece of clothing, your home will truly come to life when it depicts who you are in its designs.