Interior designers work with color, design trends

What’s hot? Gray walls.

What’s not? Formal living rooms. Seriously. .

Those are just two of the 2013 home design ins and outs spotted at the Parade of Homes, which starts Friday, as well as on HGTV, cococozy.com, Pinterest and in decorating magazines.

Some trends work here. Some are snubbed big time.

The Parade of Homes is a perfect time for home-design daydreamers to tour the newest offerings by local builders as they pick up the latest interior design and home layout trends and mentally redecorate their own homes or plan for the future.

Written By Linda Navarro

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Decorating trends moving toward darker wall colors

When Delores Dalke of Hillsboro began selling real estate in the 1970s, the trend in home decorating was to have colorful walls. But, by the 1990s, conventional wisdom changed to say that walls should be light and neutral in color, at least if you were going to sell the home.

The idea was that if a room’s walls were a neutral color, the owners could decorate it and accent it as they wanted. The truth, though, was that most people decorated with neutral furniture, as well.

In recent years, decorating ideas have changed again. Dark and rusty reds, gold, and dark browns have become popular colors.

Written By ADAM STEWART

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Home design trends that will win over buyers

(MoneyWatch) Just as fashion changes the way we dress, new trends in design captivate builders and buyers and alter the way we live.

But unlike bell bottoms or thick-rimmed glasses, these trends take much longer to develop. Some design elements in a home, such as a captive kitchen, become less popular over decades, while others, such as air conditioning, become necessities.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its “2012 Characteristics of New Housing” report, which provides annual statistics on the kind of homes buyers are snapping up as well as the kind of homes builders are building.

Written By ILYCE GLINK

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Chic Symbols, Cool Tile, and the Return of WallPaper: 2013 Home Style Trends

Summer is the time of year for home decorating and design projects. It can mean a full overhaul of a space, remodeling, updating, painting, or just mixing in new pillows and other decor items. Whatever you’ve got going on with yours, here are a few of the hot trends spotted at the 2013 Dwell on Design show this past month.

Lighting and lamps have taken center stage in interior styling this past year, the more unique and dynamic the better. Though that doesn’t mean styles are necessarily over the top. Table and floor lamps, chandeliers, and pendants pull in clean and simple elements for a subtle statement. Of course the elaborate and decadent are just as popular. Chandeliers and other hanging lighting is leaping beyond the traditional placement of over dining tables or in statement rooms to the unexpected including the kitchen and bathroom. Wall styles, which look and feel similar to art pieces, yet incorporate lighting in are emerging, along with table lamps that look anything but the part.

Written By Condiment

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Fun Furniture

Among the new products seen at the 2013 NeoCon were lots of upholstered and foam seating, often combined with wood. Though you might not think it, this chair offers both. Manufactured by SixInch, the Louis chair features European beech hand carved in Italy covered with a special foam coating. The proprietary foam coating can be applied to hard surfaces as well as foam that has been cut into specific shapes. Products are available in 20 standard colors, with custom colors available upon request.

Written By Karen Koenig

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Furniture business owner discusses trends in design

“Museo, a store in Kansas City specializing in classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories by leading international designers, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 1987, Steve Maturo founded Steve Maturo & Associates, a multi-line manufacturers representative group promoting products for corporate interiors, higher learning and health care, in Kansas City, Mo.

Museo (museousa.com) is his retail showroom, where he sells 25 lines including products from B&B Italia, Kartell and Cassina.

Maturo, just back from meeting with vendors and scouting new manufacturers at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy, talked about his business and some of his discoveries abroad.”

Written By Alice Thorson

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Interior design colour trends of 2013

“What’s trending in the world of interior design colours? Yes, just as the paint has dried on the expensive redecorating project in the kitchen, the beautiful shade chosen has dropped out of fashion! It seems that just as trends wax and wane in the fickle world of haute couture, art, music and film, the same happens in interior design.

This begs the question, how can we avoid choosing the wrong colours for the planned re-vamp of the house? Read on and discover which colours are on the rise and which have been consigned to the remainder bins in a DIY outlet near you.”

Written by The Editorial Unit at The Upcoming

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