Homeware trends for summer 2013

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With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your home a makeover! Like in the fashion industry, when it comes to homeware there are new colours palettes, prints and home accessories that are considered to be ‘on trend’ each season. In this article we will talk you through some of the hottest homeware trends for spring / summer 2013.

The botanical trend is all about bringing the outdoors in, with leaf prints and organic shades of green.

The botanical trend is all about bringing the outdoors in, with leaf prints and organic shades of green.

Botanical trend

Botanical and nature inspired homeware are on trend for spring / summer 2013. Whereas in the past we would be used to see oversized, bold floral prints, this year it is all about smaller artistic floral prints and leaf designs, used sparingly in the home. Think feature walls and statement cushions and you will know exactly what we mean. In terms of colour it is all about organic greens, fresh limes and soft pastels. Coloured glassware fits perfectly into the botanical trend, along with water-colour inspired bedding, wallpaper and cushions.

Craft influence

Although most of us tend to purchase our home accessories, rather than make them ourselves, you will find that many of this seasons home ware pieces are inspired by traditional crafts such as crochet, knitting and applique. If you are looking to create a country vintage look within your home, then you simply cannot go wrong with knitted cushion covers, crocheted throws and tweed accessories. Craft inspired pieces will look perfect with distressed furniture and twee accessories like vintage tea cups and bunting.

Scandinavian simplicity

Simple Scandinavian prints and fresh colour palettes are a strong trend for the summer season. Think soft yellow, vibrant greens, blues and muted greys. Many Scandinavian home accessories feature simplistic illustrations and bolt prints, often of birds, houses and geometric shapes. This trend is particularly aimed at homeowners wanting to create contemporary style rooms.

Keep your colour palette limited, pairing vibrant accessories and prints with plain cream or white walls. Despite being fun and vibrant, this homeware trend can look very sophisticated, providing that you get the colour combinations right.

Fifties inspired homeware

If you are looking to inject colour and vibrancy into your home, then you simply cannot go wrong with the fifties inspired home ware trend. Leather sofas and retro arm chairs will make the perfect seating solutions for your living room, along with accessories inspired by the art deco era including novelty faux animal heads, jam jar vases and other kitsch styling.

In terms of your colour palette, you have the choice of going bright and loud with colours like flamingo pink and vibrant orange, or you could tone it down a little with fresh mint greens and intense blues, the choice is yours! If you want to give your rooms character, we suggest using cushion covers and other decorative accessories featuring bold prints like hearts, birds, cars or fruit.

Craft-inspired home ware is currently very fashionable.

Craft-inspired home ware is currently very fashionable.

Things to keep in mind…

It is important to remember that you do not need to spend a fortune to get the look you desire for your home. Simply adding a few new home ware accessories and a lick of paint to your walls can make all the difference to the overall look of your room. Before you get carried away with purchasing fabulous new accessories, set yourself a budget and make a plan (even if it is just a rough sketch) of how you want the completed room to look. Visit a site like naken.co.uk for a range of affordable options.

From botanical inspired patterns, to art deco prints and vintage craft influence, there is something to satisfy every personal taste this season. Whether you decide to go all out with your interior design, or simply choose to purchase a few statement pieces from a particular trend, you are sure to be pleased with the finished results.


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