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Interior Design Trends for 2013

The interior design trends we expect to see in 2013 and how to incorporate them…

Here we are again. Looking forward to a brand new year and all that it will bring!
There is already a lot of speculation about (and preparation for) the interior design trends for 2013. Happily our exclusive beds, bedding and Indian imports fit perfectly with a number of these styles…..

Trend 1: Into the woods describes this as “simple, raw wooden surfaces” which featured in many of the latest designer collections. “Think oak, beech and birch – pale, clean woods with no visible varnish, paint or embellishment”. They suggest you create a forest feel in your home with woodland accessories, leaf motifs and chunky, rustic furniture. Take a look here to find out more: UK TV
Try our Ocean bed for a chunky, bold design that revels in the wonders of solid wood! We offer this bed in a range of timbers from pale Ash to deep chocolatey coloured Walnut. Or take a look at our Tibet bed, again a chunky bed, but with a simple pared down style. You can see a Maple version of this design with a special Zebrano inlay here. The bed has been photographed recently at a location in Sheffield’s Ecclesall woods, the stunning woodland backdrop works perfectly with this design (clearly this trend was already in the air!) and House Beautiful also discuss the 2013 Nature theme in interior design, call the look Earthly Delights! “Natural materials, wood, plants and indoor gardens bring the promise of ever more original designs to breathe new life and oxygen into our living spaces. The aim? A melting pot of materials and lines.”

Here at Natural Bed Company, the beauty of timber has always been an inspiration and an important element in the design process. The beauty and simplicity of the Orchid four-poster bed is a fine example.

At they discuss botanical and insect prints and predict that they will continue to flourish in popularity as an easy way to bring the outside in and to achieve that “in harmony with nature” look. You can introduce the ‘nature’ theme this way with our exclusive ‘botanical’ print bedding: Wysteria, Manali, Black Floral and Springtime. This trend is completed with a move towards natural materials in home accessories too, including bamboo, shell, marble, timber and stone. Take a look at our sister site Bringing It All Back Home for options including bold timber frames and stone sculptures.

Trend 2: Brass accents

This trend complements to Nature/Woodland theme, a highlight of brass accessories brings a warmth and opulence to the earthy palette of natural timber, stone, ochre and olive colours.
UKTV and House Beautiful have both suggested this as a major new trend (just take a look at the latest John Lewis catalogue for confirmation!) Whether it’s with a stunning lamp base, a piece of ethnic art or metallic fabrics incorporated into your home furnishings, it’s a great way to add a little luxury to your look.

Take a look at Bringing It All Back Home for examples of brass statues from India and ornate mirror frames.

Trend 3: Tribal Look

The Tribal look is another trend expected to be strong in 2013. suggest “the Tribal look has evolved into a more relaxed Bohemian style. It is especially strong in fashion, drapes and bedding”. They recommend we look for designs which incorporate hand printed block designs that are easy to use and can transition into many decorating styles. Take a look at our stunning Icat, Kalamkari and Hyderabad bedding for lovely examples of this look. The Icat bedding has a subtle ivory ground with a black design which can work well with many styles. The Kalamkari patchwork bedding offers a more traditional take on ethnic style, while the Hyderabad offers bold colour options and golden embroidered detail combined with a contemporary design. also suggest that “when playing (the tribal look) off a neutral décor this style gives you a great opportunity to splash colour into the room” (take a look at trend 4 for more on neutrals!). Take a look at our collection of wall-hangings and prayer flags at for a way to add a tribal influence to a neutral interior.

For real impact see our collection of India inspired beds. The Mandalay, Samarkand and Raj beds offer an exotic take on classic bed styles. They work perfectly with tribal patterned bedding to complete the look.

Trend 4: Neutrals

It seems that Neutrals are always a popular choice, whether as a backdrop for a splash of colour or as an entire palette. Cream, grey, taupe, stone and ivory tones offer a calm, restful environment. Our Ethiopia Grey, Village duvet sets and organic bedding work perfectly with this look. You could add a headboard in a neutral tone: our Koo bed is photographed with a grey headboard and oak frame.

Neutrals with a hit of colour in the main motif create great impact. Edging neutrals with bands of colour as well as linings in contrasting colours keeps the pallet neutral, but adds interest. Take a look at our Bronte throws for both purely neutral coloured blankets or throws and cushions that mix brights with a simple grey background.

Whichever trend works for you I hope you’ll find further inspiration at Natural Bed Company and Bringing It All Back Home.

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