Did we get the interior trends right in 2013?

In the spirit of shameless self-promotion that I indulge in from time to time, I bring you a video post I took part in with Rated People – a live Google Hangout chatting about interior trends in 2013 – if we got it right, what trends we loved and those that were best tucked away in the back of a cupboard.

I’d love to hear if you agree with me – just leave me a comment below and tell me which trends you embraced and why?

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Interior colour trends for 2014

Never underestimate the transformative powers of paint. However, you can drive yourself mad trying to pick a shade. I love colour yet find it hard to choose, especially when I decide to use a few different ones.

It’s at that point I turn to paint experts. As well as being great at mixing and matching colours, they’re experienced in putting together inspirational palettes that will have you seriously debating the merits of inky blues over tangerine.

Crown’s colour predictions for Spring / Summer 2014 are a perfect example. Drawing on global trends, it’s come up with some gorgeous new looks. Here are a few I love.

Ombre

Fading stripes of colour have been popular in 2013 but softly graded with a gentle blur. Instead, this trend uses clear bands of fresh, crisp shades, such as zesty Summer Season green and tranquil Laguna Bay blue.

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A collection of pared-back natural colours, this includes the sultry petrol blue of New York, simple stone shade Faithful and delicate green Wind Chime.

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Unexpected

I’ve left my favourite til last – this trend is a riot of feminine pastels, such as Honey Fever, against versatile Cloud Burst grey. Infinitely practical while being infinitely interesting and just right for statement lounges and hallways.

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