This year is all about the bold and the beautiful. Replacing the simpler, neutral tones of 2012 are splashes of color, full walls of brilliant, bright paints. With vintage as the theme of the year, designers will be mixing patterns and showcasing chevrons, stripes and circles in design. The 50's era will have a lot of influence in what we see, mixing the old with the new. Modern pieces of furniture will sit beside antiques and period pieces.
While some people may go overboard with the color trends, I advise pairing brighter colors against more neutral backgrounds to really let the colors stand out. If you're nervous about painting a white wall purple, for example, introduce the color through pillows, bed linens or accent pieces first before making a huge commitment.
For 2013, the top color choices are:
Pink. Not just any pink, but hot pink nearing fuchsia. This is a great color for a living room. Pink pairs nicely with a clean white background. Think fuchsia throw rugs and daybed pillows. Lamps are also showing up in bold colors.
Purple. Known as the color of royalty, purple has certainly gone through phases of being used. This year's purple is trending more towards reddish purple, bright and alive as opposed to deeper shades with a heavier blue influence.
Subdued yellows toned down with green will balance out the color palette for 2013. This color has an almost under the ocean feel and will remind many of the 1950's. This color can be livened up by mixing in colored glass tiles in kitchens or kept subtle with soft shades of ocean blue and pale green.
Emerald green will work for those craving a darker feel to their home. Painting a stripe around the top of the kitchen or using granite counter tops will work for those who prefer to stay away from the bright but still want to introduce color into the interior design palette.
Ocean blue has been a favorite of designers and continues to be this year. The versatility of this color in design can't be underestimated. Blue, green and yellow are being paired together. The yellow can be replaced by tan or beige for those who like more natural tones in the home.
No matter what color scheme you choose, know that you can introduce color slowly without an entire home remodel. As mentioned previously, bringing in a cushion, piece of art or rug with brighter colors will give a sense of how that color can change the look, feel and energy of a room.