How to spring life back into your home
BY SARAH MEEKS For Sun-Times Media
Lewis Floor & Home
With winter almost behind us, everyone’s minds have turned to spring and warmer months. Suddenly, our homes look like us: dull and gray from enduring a long winter. Chunky knit blankets now seems too heavy, paint colors from years before looks drab, and remnants from previous design trends gone awry remind us that our homes need a facelift. Try these popular 2013 design trends to spring life back into your home.
The living room is often the first place on anyone’s redecorate list because it is the first area people see when entering a home. Every year, Pantone names its color of the year. This year is Emerald. Emerald is an easy color to decorate with that brings instant drama and life into any room. Since this is such the right-now color, don’t invest your money in big pieces of emerald furniture. Instead bring in pops of this rich color via pillows, artwork, or even area rugs.
Susie Axelrad, vice president of merchandising at Lewis Floor and Home said: “Patterns in area rugs are being blown up into really large scales. You don’t need a big rug or a large room to enjoy a large scale pattern on a rug.”
Try a pop of color with a neutral background, such as gray, on a flat-woven rug for an inexpensive change that will dramatically improve the energy of a living room.
Kitchens are often overlooked when decorating. Try sprucing up your kitchen with a very popular 2013 trend: artwork. Art is becoming more accessible with affordable websites such as 20x200 or Society 6. Try hanging colorful pieces on an unused wall or placing art on open shelving.
Another way to add instant interest in a kitchen is to update your kitchen hardware and blinds.
“If cabinets are in good condition, the easiest update for a kitchen is to change the window coverings and cabinet hardware.” Axelrad said. “Vertical blinds are out. They instantly date any room. Try a silhouette or woven wood blind instead.”
Another quick way to bring bright, spring colors into your kitchen is with a simple DIY project: dip wooden spoon and spatula handles in bright paint for a vibrant bold look and display in pretty vintage vases or containers.
Add interest in the bedroom by incorporating another big 2013 trend: wallpaper. Websites, such as Spoonflower, allow one to design his or her own wallpaper; the sky is the limit, and the prices aren’t as steep.
Add texture and softness with a grass cloth wallpaper, made from varying Asian grasses and fibers, but don’t just stop there.
“Wood-grain texture finishes are really big this year in closets,” said Lisa Cote, sales and marketing manager at California Closets in the Design Center at ABT. “Customers want more a real wood feel in our products, from anything to closets, entertainment centers or Murphy beds.”
A quick change that can also update a bedroom is removing old carpeting.
“Lots of these old homes in Wilmette, Glencoe, Evanston, etc. have wonderful wood floors that have been sheltered under carpet,” Axelrad said. “Sometimes all it takes is some refinishing to bring them back to their original state.”
Really light, natural — or even whitewashed — floors are popular for 2013. In addition, try swapping out bedside lamps for a wall sconce in brass: the metal of the season. Don’t worry if your dresser pulls are brushed nickel, mixing metals is in.
Spring is the perfect time of year to update your home. Everyone seems to have a renewed energy that makes it easier to accomplish tasks, big or small. Although some of these design trends are set in stone, such as Pantone’s color of the year, most are just predictions of what will be popular. Take from these tips what works for you, and give redecorating a go.