My favorite part of going to the home-furnishings markets is previewing the hottest trends in interior decorating. One of my favorite trend-makers to watch is Holly Blalock, a visionary who has the uncanny ability to mix color, pattern and texture in a way that makes interior design not only accessible, but fun.
I caught up with Holly, who is the vice president of merchandise and marketing for furniture makers CR Laine, and asked her to share the hottest trends in home interior design for 2013:
50 shades of green
For years, I’ve been a big advocate of mixing different shades of green, just as Mother Nature does outside. So I was thrilled when Pantone chose emerald green as the color of the year for 2013. So was Holly, who had already begun building an exciting new design look that tossed together every kind of green imaginable to create an invigorating space.
Forget matchy-matchy with this look. It’s an everything-goes palette in one big verdant jumble.
If you’re new to decorating with green, try introducing it in small doses. If you know you love green, go for it. Add a cornerstone piece to your room that makes a statement.
It’s only natural
The immensely popular trend toward natural, neutral décor will be as strong as ever in 2013, but with a few new twists, Holly says.
First, look for relaxed, natural fabrics in cream and oatmeal to be shown on furniture frames that boast a structured silhouette. In a surprising juxtaposition, you’ll find angular frames slip-covered in washed linens in the softest of tones.
This year’s furnishings are finished with great imagination. You’ll see lots of tufting on sofas, chairs and ottomans, one of my all-time favorite looks.
Palm Beach blitz
If you love color, you’re going to be dancing for joy when you see the exciting designs coming out now that celebrate a palette of yellow, coral, orange and turquoise. Holly helped create a quirky look with strong influences from the 1940s and a nod to iconic images from Asia.
The beauty of today’s colorful designs is that there is no right answer: You are free to pick the amount and intensity of color to suit your personal taste. Here’s an approach Holly loves: Start with a creamy tufted sofa featuring nail-head trim. Add a pair of tall winged-back chairs covered in rich tones. Finish off with accessories that rev up or soften your color statement, as you see fit.