Top 6 Interior Design Trends of 2013

Interior Design Trends of 2013


Design trends for 2013 invite everyone to get comfortable.

Interior design trends for 2013 are all about simple yet bold statements, raw materials, and leaning toward sophisticated, masculine lines throughout the home and not just in the man cave.

The idea isn’t to overwhelm your space with every new trend, but to incorporate a few ideas with your own perennial decor.


Beautiful wood grain doesn’t need ornamentation.

Lots of Natural Woodgrain
Focus on the grain of the wood instead of design details. The wood’s unique pattern becomes art instead of just a construction material. Exotic species such as tigerwood don’t need elaborate details to stand out. 

Wood is nothing new, so you’ve got to look at it a new way. A custom paneled wall might be out of your budget, but a single 4 x 8 sheet of furniture-grade plywood isn’t. Wrap the raw edge with veneer and seal the whole thing with shellac, and it becomes art for a large, bare wall. 

Really Green Walls
Pantone named Emerald Green the color of the year for 2013, but green walls aren’t just about paint. Living panels bring in the year’s hottest color while acting as a natural air filter and humidifier. Think of it as a vertical garden. 

For about $30, you can buy wall garden foundation panel, which looks like a wall cubby system. The planter sections are slanted so the dirt won’t slide out. Any plant with a shallow root system works. Imagine an herb garden on the kitchen wall or ivy in a bathroom. As plants grow and fill in, they blend into a contiguous, green wall.


Updated for a modern home, authentic vintage appliances work as well as new.

Comfortable, Warm Kitchens
Vintage meets modern in a warm, inviting kitchen where friends and family want to gather. Mix materials instead of aiming for a sleek, uniform room.

A new AGA cookstove has the right look, but the $9,000 price tag puts it far from reach for the average homeowner. Find a vintage stove from the 40s or 50s for a few hundred dollars, invest in a professional overhaul and you’ve got the genuine article.

Funky details like multicolor glass tile countertops, mixed cabinets and floors that look well worn make your kitchen feel less like an art show and more like a place to mingle.


A coat of paint is all you need to give a cupboard a big splash of color.

Daring Colors Spice Things Up
Color is the thing. Bold reds, greens, blues and yellows are everywhere from carpets to walls and furnishings. If your’e not ready for a fuchsia lacquer wall, add a few chunks of color to liven things up. 

Fire engine red on a filing cabinet, sunny yellow on a pair of nightstands or a dining room hutch that’s robin’s egg blue: paint is your friend when it comes to adding a lilt of color. 

More Focus on Masculine
Men spend more time at home now than in recent history, and the design trends for 2013 show it. “Masculine” isn’t easy to define, but designers are leaning toward simple, sophisticated furnishings such as leather club chairs and oversizes sofas with clean lines.

Substantial pieces that stand up to wear aren’t confined to bachelor pads. Think chunky end tables, large mirrors with thick, simple frames and a sofa that isn’t just for looks. 

Feel-Good, Sumptuous Textiles
Forget about choosing between attractive and durable. Layers of sumptuous textures that you want to touch means homes are more comfy and less for show. 

A thick wool rug feels warm and lovely underfoot, and a microfiber duvet makes bedtime delicious. Look for easy care fabrics that don’t require dry cleaning and upholstery that you aren’t afraid to use. 

Simplicity is the key for 2013. Overdone, contrived decor where no one feels comfortable gives way to lived-in, luxurious spaces that make home feel like the best place on earth.

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Incorporating Media Design with Small Modern Spaces

Incorporating Media Design with Small Modern Spaces

Creating a home is not as easy as someone might think. A home is basically a place where people live. What makes it a home is that feeling that suits the people that live there. Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate that feeling of a home instead of just a house, for the media design of small spaces.

Listening Space

The sound system needs to be capable of reaching all angles of the room for the proper listening space. That range is something that must be evaluated by a professional installation person. Those types of sound systems typically offers an installation service when a purchase is made. That means a system of speakers must be placed in a way that offers the best listening space. They should be something that doesn’t distract from the room either. It is simple to do that. If the the people living in the home want a warm feel to the home, then they should buy media furniture that hides away the speakers. Warm colors are typically darker in hues. White and other lighter colors offer a cool look to the room, with the exact same effect on the feel for the room. In order to allow the sound through the furniture, some design features need to be in place. There must be a hole of some sort that allows the full range of sound out. Generally that can be achieved with a fake front to the furniture. Many media design shops have these. Plants can also be used to allow the hidden speakers for the same effect. The choice is up to the people living there, along with their budget. In general though, the “Totem Forest Speakers” or the “SIG-1.5R-30 v.3 are a both great choices as they offer a full theater sound with several finishes, at an excellent price for the quality of sound.

Size Counts

When it comes to choosing the television for that media room, the size counts. The proper viewing range must be observed for each person in the room. If a person is doing the installation themselves, then they can sit in each seat and see what works for them. Otherwise, there are professionals that can help anyone with that when they buy their television. Generally speaking though, the viewing range is measured dependent on the people that have vision issues or don’t. Any designer will ask about that when they design the media room. It will vary by the people that live there. How much money that is available will also be an issue for that. The larger the television is, the more it will cost. The “BeoVision 12” works great for a large room. It is thin and blends perfectly into any room.

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5 Interior Design Tips for Tight Budgets

5 Interior Design Tips for Tight Budgets


Hiring a designer for a one-time consultation helps avoid costly mistakes.

Glossy magazine pages brimming with the latest interior design masterpieces are both dreamy and depressing when you’re on a budget. Designing a comfortable, well-appointed home doesn’t require a wealthy benefactor, but it just takes a few tricks and a careful eye.

Here are 5 tips for working within a budget to create a living space that you’re happy to come home to.

Create a Sample Board to Avoid Mistakes
Something that seems great in your head might simply look weird in your living room, but a sample board helps you picture it clearer and avoid expensive mistakes. 

Take inspirational clippings from magazines and tack them to black (not white) poster board. Add swatches of fabric, paint chips, carpet and anything else until you get the right look.


Laminate flooring is a DIY job and it covers up ugly, old vinyl. 

Paint Floors Instead of Refinishing
Worn wood floors degrade the look of some rooms, although they can work to your advantage in a rustic or cottage setting. If the expense and labor of refinishing wood floors finds you thinking about carpet, rethink and consider paint. 

Painted wood floors are classic, easy to clean and stand up to heavy traffic. Apply bonding primer first, then several coats of floor paint. Seal the floor with urethane for a long-wearing finish.


Thrift stores turn up the most unexpected treasures, and older pieces are usually made well. 

Shop Estate Sales and Thrift Stores
High-quality furnishings usually come with equally high price tags, but you’ll replace a cheap sofa a lot sooner than a good one. 

The best finds on solid, well-made furnishings are at estate sales, thrift stores and even flea markets. Learn to look past quirky or outdated upholstery to appreciate the overall design and construction. Upholstery is replaceable, and you can learn to do that at home or hire it out.

Solid wood furnishings with a scratches and wear are also worth bringing home. Refinishing wood is a simple, although messy, job. With some sandpaper, stain and sealer or paint you can make a sturdy old dresser look stunning.

Sew your Own Draperies
As with furniture, cheap draperies won’t do anything to boost the look of your home. Instead of buying pre-made, inexpensive drapes, bring out the sewing machine and make your own. 

Upholstery fabric sold by the yard lets you choose from a wide range of colors, patterns and fabrics. Simple, elegant drapes are nothing more than rectangles of fabric with a muslin liner sewn into the back side. With drapery clips, you don’t even need a casing across the top. Snap the clips across the top edge of the drapes and slide the clips onto the rod. 

Filling in the Gaps
If the budget is almost gone but the room still looks sparse, it’s time to bring in some extras. 

Plants add life to any room, and the bigger the better. Green, growing things placed anywhere you have a vacancy makes the space feel fuller without the overcrowded sensation of too much furniture.

A few oversized, square pillows do more to upgrade a simple sofa than numerous little decorative cushions.

Mirrors become instant focal points reflecting light and drawing attention with interesting frames. Instead of buying a mirror, find a large picture frame at a thrift store or flea market and have a mirror cut to fit.

If the room still looks wrong, take a photograph. When something looks off but you can’t put your finger on it, seeing the space on a computer monitor lets you step back more objectively and figure out the problem.

A tight decor budget doesn’t mean you’re relegated to discount stores and cheap imitations. Being thrifty and clever make your home look like no one else’s, and you’ll have money left over for a great bottle of wine.

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Press release: ThinkSpace Blends Home Decor with Home Automation

ThinkSpace Blends Home Decor with Home Automation
New Firm Seamlessly Assimilates Latest, High-Tech Touches with Interior Design

Miami, Fla., June 14, 2013 – Sherman Allan Martin of Miami has announced the launch of a new interior design firm that merges contemporary design concepts with the latest in home automation technology. Services are designed to appeal to custom home builders and homeowners who want their home to not only look beautiful and inviting, but to also function flawlessly in terms of temperature control, media use, and lighting.

Until recently, home automation has been thought of as an “add-on” and has been largely divorced from interior design. However, advances in home automation technology now allow it to be fully integrated with interior design elements. Today’s homeowner does not want to compromise on style for the sake of energy efficiency and automation, nor vice versa. ThinkSpace allows those who are renovating or building new to seamlessly integrate home automation with whatever interior design style they favor.

Homeowners don’t want a jumble of wiring to detract from their home media experience, and they want to take every practical step to make their homes energy efficient, smart, and accommodating to their lifestyles. ThinkSpace addresses these needs comprehensively through custom synthesis of technology and design, with every detail of the home and its functions orchestrated flawlessly.

“Imagine arriving home at the end of the day to a home that is the ideal temperature, lit exactly how you want it, and ready for you to relax and enjoy. That home is no longer science fiction, but reality,” said Sherman Allan Martin, founder of ThinkSpace.

Smart home technology includes custom lighting, thermostat control, and integration of high-tech security and digital access technology. Advances in technology, including wireless technology, allow leading-edge hardware to be installed without compromising on aesthetics of spaces. 

“ThinkSpace offers services that make homes more energy efficient without compromising on comfort or style, and that’s what today’s homeowner wants,” said Martin.

ThinkSpace is located in Miami and offers custom integration of smart home technology and interior design.

ThinkSpace

http://www.thinksspace.com
1200 Brickell Ave.
Suite 1950
Miami, FL 33131
Phone 305.396.9070
Fax 305.396.9027
Mobile 305.741.0855

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