Design trends in 2013

Natural materials and botanical patterns are both trends to watch out for in 2013, says a design specialist.

Sofa designers, Darlings of Chelsea examined some of the emerging trends and found that natural materials were high on the list of design must haves in 2013. Wood, stone, and plant life were all a common theme at the London Design Festival, said the sofa specialists.

Many designers are using unvarnished woods such as oak and beech and choosing to keep bark and other natural elements of the wood.

Marble is also making a comeback, reported, with the pattern being used as a work surface or even a wallpaper pattern, reminiscent of the art deco style seen in New York buildings. Stone and granite are also timeless materials which transcend fashions thanks to their natural qualities.

Brass and glass are ones to watch in ornaments and fixtures; another sign that the 'retro materials' are making a comeback. warns to look for rich rubbed brass finishes rather than 1980s high gloss shines, stating it is the difference between a 'trend looking tacky and a trend looking legitimate'.

Botanical patterns are everywhere at the moment, says John Darling of Darlings of Chelsea.   

"1950s plant illustrations are an increasingly popular choice for wallpapers and cushions alike," he adds. 

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