If there is one thing people can look forward to in home fashions this year, it’s fresh color.
Pantone LLC, the global color authority, has proclaimed emerald as its Color of the Year.
For the home, you’ll see it in paint – on an accent wall, perhaps – but also in emerald cookware, dinnerware, small appliances, bedding, bath towels and decorative accessories.
Other color news: Benjamin Moore, the paint company, has named Lemon Sorbet its top color – as part of a color palette shifting to softer, lighter pastel shades.
“This year, we’ll see a lot more color – in bedding, pillows, table linens and accent pieces. I think the neutral, drab colors are on their way out,” said Maria Jacobi, owner of Homeward Bound, 927 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo
“I see continued interest in grays and mochas as neutrals and rich jewel-tone blues as ‘pops,’ ” said Sandy Hertel, owner of Elmwood Village Fabrics, 543 Franklin St. in Buffalo
“I’m glad to see emerald as Pantone’s forecast for 2013 Color of the Year; it’s been a long while since that green has been mainstream,” she added.
As for furniture, local retailers see several trends.
“The vintage look is still really hot – homey, warm, cottagelike. Everything that I have seen seems more laid-back,” Jacobi said.
John Pusateri, vice president of Advance Furniture, 2525 Elmwood Ave. in Kenmore and in the Eastern Hills Mall, noted another trend: “People are holding on to their furniture longer, so I am starting to see a resurgence in the better-quality furniture people want to buy once and buy right,” he said.
“In other parts of the country – Florida, California – we’ve started to see a little bit of shift. Instead of people buying a 6,000-square-foot house, they’re buying half the size house but putting in nice amenities. Hopefully we’re going back to quality-centered shopping,” he said.
Other trends in home fashions:
• New patterns: “There have been several sightings of tapestry-inspired patterns in an oversized, deconstructed style that I really like. I expect to see this look on furniture fabrics. If you like the ikat look that’s been gaining popularity, you’ll like this, too,” Hertel said.
Other patterns to watch for: “Quirky and whimsical woodland creatures, with deer, bears, foxes and butterflies being rather prevalent,” she said.
• Nailhead trims. You’ll see it on leather and fabric upholstery but also on wood furniture – as either an outline or as part of a pattern. It was a popular accent at the fall home furnishings market in High Point, N.C.
“We’re excited to see the creative use of nailhead trim on wood furnishings,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, in a trends report. “The industry’s top designers have embraced this as the new ‘on-trend’ embellishment and used it to distinguish their latest introductions.”
Locally, nailheads have already shown up. At Homeward Bound, decorative prints to hang on the wall – on either canvas or burlap stretched over wood – are bordered with nailheads, instead of traditional frames, Jacobi said.
• Geometric designs. Think hexagons, trapezoids, etc., on everything from textiles to decorative accessories. This is just one of the trends highlighted by Better Homes and Gardens in its January issue.
A few others noted by the editors: Urban homesteading (learning to make cheese, planting a vegetable garden); raw (unfinished) and rough woods; exposed bulbs in lighting (for that “industrial chic” look) and yellow/gold metals – “hammered, polished or antiqued.”
“Gilt is glam again,” they wrote.