Design Predictions for 2013

The urges brought on by the New Year to make change for change's sake may well have worn off, but we all still want a home that looks not only welcoming and homely, but also up-to-date with the current trends. But what's hot now and is set to last through the year?

Refreshing blue

The shade that epitomises a fresh start, blue is back! Any shade you can imagine will be worthy to grace your home in 2013, and if you can't settle on just one, fashion's continuing penchant for ombre is just waiting to grace your walls. Fade a darker shade from the ceiling to the midpoint of the wall into a lighter shade for a look that is right on trend.

Warming yellow

It's not all about icily modern blues; yellow is big news too. For a cheering makeover in any room, reach for the warm shade that is huge news this year.

While four walls painted in a buttercup hue can create a cosy, country-home feel, you can get a sleeker and more modern finish by using glossy wall tiles in yellow. Set the shade in its surroundings by splashing out on coordinating accessories such as kitchen chairs, a rug or cushions.

Bold and beautiful graphics

There's plenty of scope for fun in 2013: create an up-to-the-minute look by mixing colours and shapes in the brightest, boldest prints. Set floral swirls against regimented brickwork walls; blend wacky zig-zags in clashing colours; don't be afraid to mix black and white graphics with blocks of colour - the options for adding your personal touch are endless.

Go natural

Create a relaxing environment with earthy, nature-inspired shades. Creams, greys and browns work together or stand alone to form the ideal backdrop to wooden furniture, while wool rugs, plenty of plants and a few enlivening splashes of leaf green and duck-egg blue finish the look.

Emerald green

Selected by colour experts Pantone as the 2013 Colour of the Year, emerald green can be the jewel in your crown as you prepare your home for the year ahead. Just set it on a backdrop of pastel tones that'll let the shade really shine.

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