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A Colorful Meal

Decorating Menu for 2013

Photo courtesy of Vietri

If you are anything like me, you study your dinner menu carefully before making a decision. After all, it’s not just about picking randomly. The idea is to create a meal that is balanced, interesting, containing some of your all time favorites but also introducing new flavors and combinations. Your food should complement your libations and vice versa. Then, these is the overall experience, the company you are in, the ambiance, the memories that will be created, which will stay with you after the night is over.

Well, it’s kind of the same with decorating. You study the menu of available options and you have to consider not just the individual items but first and foremost the composition. You want to create an exciting mix, a successful ensemble of new items that will look great with that which you already have and love, not just today but a year or five from now.

Here, to help you create your 2013 decorating menu, are some of this year’s most solid trends (I sifted through a lot of “data” to create this “best of” list) to incorporate in your decorating plan.

1. It’s a wrap!

Wrapped case goods that is. Everywhere we look, there are chests, cabinets, night stands, etc., wrapped in linen, raffia, leather or grasscloth. One of my favorite new trends.

2. Watch my nails!

Another super visible furniture trend: nailhead trim. You can’t miss it. From simple line replacing welting, to elaborate patterns that truly make a piece, nailhead trim is here to stay.

3. Oh, no, brass is back!

Fear not, it’s not the ugly shiny kind we have been trying to eradicate since the 90’s , but the timeless and refined antique brass that only gets better with time. Spot it in light fixtures and furniture and make it yours. Mix with polished nickel and bronze for a beautifully balanced look.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

4. Paper, scissors, rock!

I have three words for you: wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper. It is everywhere and more versatile than ever. Grass cloth remains my favorite (Scalamandre recognized this here-to-stay-trend by introducing 3 color ways of Zebras in grasscloth!) but look into lines by Arte, Romo and Farrow&Ball for subtle and beautiful textures and great colors.

5. I’m stoned!

Cesear Stone is the surface of the year when it comes to kitchen counters. There is nothing more practical, but it is also so beautiful. Skip the ones that mimic granite or marble and head staright for the solid colors such as lagos blue. Timeless. To mix things up a bit throw in a walnut island counter finished with marine varnish – brilliantly water repellent.

6. Waterfalls

Wall-mounted faucets are big. European-inspired trend that is perfect especially for vessel sinks.

7. Print is not dead

But there is also a push for mixing various prints for an interesting designer look (another example of fashion-inspired trend) – think stripes and florals and toile with ikat. The safest way to try? On throw pillows.

8. Precious stones and fruity tones

We can’t ignore the fact that most of the interior color trends stem from current fashion, which is why you should pay attention to emerald green, zesty yellow and tangerine orange. Mix with linen, taupe and soft gray.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie


Olga Adler is an award-winning interior designer and creative director of Olga Adler Interiors in Westport. She is known for her cosmopolitan flair and passion for European style with a global twist.Her ability to blend the old with new and simple with refined has attracted a loyal following who have come to depend on her imagination and inventive use of resources to create homes that are both chic and livable.
Website: olgaadlerinteriors.com
Email: olga@olgaadlerinteriors.com
Phone: (203) 221.2411