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Home Decor Trends for 2013

Home Decor Trends for 2013
Courtesy of Keller Williams-North Georgia Group Realty News and Brandpoint

Top decor trends for 2013 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They’re fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home.

Color: Emerald Green for 2013
Industry leader Pantone’s annual fashion color report sets the tone for home decor as well as clothing, and the spring 2013 report is no exception. Its softer-hued palette of Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, African Violet, Grayed Jade, Linen and Tender Shoots is emboldened by Monaco Blue, Poppy Red, Emerald and Nectarine—the lively, lush Emerald is Pantone’s color pick for 2013. Marc Thee, founder of the No. 1 residential interior design firm in the country, also sees a move toward pure color palettes such as cream and sea glass, khaki and white, or neutral with a pop of yellow.

Kitchens: Cooking Up Smart Ideas
Next year’s contemporary kitchen will include European frameless laminate cabinetry, multi-tasking appliances, hands-free faucets, and increased smartphone and tablet functionality, according to Jamie Gold, a certified independent kitchen and bath designer in San Diego, Calif. Value-oriented remodels will remain popular, she predicts, with homeowners incorporating existing flooring, fixtures, cabinets and/or appliances into their design plans to save money and retain favorite design elements.

LED Lighting: Let It Shine
Jeff Dross, senior product manager of Kichler Lighting, says energy-efficient LED products will continue to dominate lighting, and will be prevalent in coves, tray ceilings, toekicks, and under and above cabinets. Chrome and polished nickel will appeal to the emerging “Y” generation and baby boomers modernizing their retirement homes. Tall, slender outdoor lanterns in contemporary, cottage and transitional styles will work well for those in smaller urban spaces.

Home Furnishings: Heavy Metal and Reclaimed Wood
Susan Goldstick of Susan Goldstick, Inc. predicts home furnishings will also shine in 2013. New metals such as rose gold and gun metal will be mixed, and pierced, hammered and oxidized textural metals will be especially popular. Vendors will add metal to their wood pieces, and faux animal print metallics will provide texture and reflective light in the textiles arena.

Home Interiors: Keep Comfortable
Even as the economy shows signs of improving, homeowners still find comfort in “cocooning” in the warmth and safety of their homes, says Graeme Smith, conceptual designer at Second Nature kitchens. Adding an on-trend color such as cranberry or velvety chocolate to a soothing palette of muted tones and delicate detailing creates timeless interiors, and incorporating vintage pieces fosters a sense of nostalgia, heritage and solidity.

Flooring: Porcelain Tile
Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director at Daltile, notes that one of the biggest style trends of the year will be porcelain tile that emulates the look of hardwood in high-traffic areas, offering the natural beauty of wood with the long-lasting durability and ease of maintenance of tile. Rectangular-sized tiles—particularly those in long, linear plank styles—will remain popular in floor and wall applications.

Home Accessories: Back to Nature
Consumers’ eco-friendly focus on using organic, sustainable materials will continue into 2013. Orange, Calif.-based Budget Blinds recommends woven wood shades made from bamboo, grasses, jute, reeds, rattan and other natural renewable resources for honest, simple beauty. Smith suggests using timber and wicker furniture, ribbed and woven finishes on accessories, and layered wool throws in the living area of the kitchen to bring a sense of the outdoor into the home.

Repositionable Wallpaper: A Great Decor Idea
Repositionable wallpaper is a decorating mainstay, says Todd Imholte, president of Murals Your Way, whose website,, is the top online destination for wall murals worldwide. The company’s 10 collections of peel-and-stick wallpaper are available in such themes as Vintage, Dots, Flower Prints and Mostly Modern, and can be removed and reused hundreds of times without losing their adhering qualities. Because the company offers color matching, customers can match their repositionable wallpaper to an existing paint color, updated decor or the new Pantone color palette.

Materials for the Outdoors: Eco-friendly
Exterior design and landscaping say just as much about a home as its interior architectural counterparts. Artist and designer Pablo Solomon touts stone, concrete and brick that blend into the environment, requires little upkeep, and is superior to weather susceptible wood decks, rust-prone metals and dulling plastics. He also sees increased use of eco-friendly native plants to save water and reduce pesticides.

Start your new year off in a new home!
  Peachtree Residential has been building over 24 years in great North Atlanta locations!  Check out the new home locations in Fulton, Fayette, Gwinnett, and South Forsyth to find or build your Peachtree Residential dream home today.  New homes are ready now and several new luxury homes are under construction!  Move “Closer to Custom” with Peachtree Residential’s Design Center. Design your home to fit your life and your style with the help of Peachtree Design Experts.  PEACHTREE-TAILORED FOR YOUR PERSONAL STYLE!  One of the most exciting things about building and /or buying a new home is decorating the interior.  Once again, Peachtree is right there with you, helping you every step of the way.  Our Professional Design Services provide you with all sorts of inspiring choices – from carpet and tile to countertops, appliances and more.  And these selections come with professional assistance, too.  Every new homeowner receives personal consultations with Peachtree’s expert interior designers at the Peachtree Design Center by CherryThorne.  Here, you receive focused, individual assistance in selecting flooring, cabinetry, fixtures, appliances, paint colors, countertops and countless other dream home features.

A little about the Peachtree design team:
Malinda Cawthorne, Principal
Malinda Cawthorne, Interior Designer, graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design from Georgia Southern College.  Upon graduating, she did extensive work with Richard Fowler’s in Chattanooga, TN.  After 10 years, Malinda established her own firm, “Interiors by Malinda”.  This company, upon relocating to the Atlanta area in 1994, evolved into CherryThorne. 
Over the years, Malinda has created livable interiors for “real people”, as well as show house pieces in award winning model homes in the builder industry.  She has worked with clients on their primary residences and vacation homes as well as their places of business.  Her work includes physicians’ offices, banks, dining establishments, and foundations.  She has completed projects in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.  Malinda’s customers appreciate her ability to work within a budget and give a “designer look” while maintaining livability for everyday life.  “Simple Elegance” is the key.
Elizabeth Cherry, Principal
Elizabeth Cherry, Interior Designer, graduated from FIDER accredited Art Institute of Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design.  Upon graduation, Elizabeth began her career with CherryThorne LLC.  Elizabeth enjoys creating modern, livable spaces, while continuing to be conscious of the overall comfort of your home.  Her goal in every project is to give each client their own separation from others by finding the most unique and interesting ideas for the project at hand.  She enjoys getting to know her clients, enabling her to incorporate their wishes and desires into the project.