One of the best things about the new year is making a fresh start: Whether it’s an updated fitness regime, pursuing new hobbies or getting organized, there is a slew of resolutions to try. In 2013, why not make a few changes to not only yourself, but also your home? By incorporating cutting-edge design trends, you’ll add style and color that’s perfect to kick-start the year.

Patterns that pack a punch

“No one wants a house that lacks personality,” said HGTV designer and television personality Taniya Nayak. “The easiest way to infuse your style — while being on-trend — is with an impactful pattern.” According to Nayak, there are a few prints to be on the lookout for in 2013:

• Chevron: a bold, dramatic, V-shaped pattern

• Geometrics: graphic, colorful shapes, delivering a vintage-modern look and feel

• Ombre: subtle color gradation of similar shades that’s extremely versatile


• Ikat: tribal, swirls and diamonds reminiscent of tie-dye

• Moroccan: culturally-inspired, timeless and exotic motifs

“These powerful patterns can be easily achieved with a fresh coat of paint and a premium painter’s tape, like FrogTape Multi-Surface and Delicate Surface,” added Nayak. “Treated with PaintBlock Technology, FrogTape can be used to create these new, intricate patterns for a haute interior.

When using bold patterns, it’s best to find the right pairing of both the color and the print to not overwhelm your space. For example, if you’re looking to use bright colors, incorporate the patterns onto one accent wall or window treatment.


Look for the unexpected

“Just because a product is made for a specific purpose, doesn’t mean you can’t reimagine how it could be used,” said Nayak. “For example, hanging materials on the wall that are typically used as flooring can be breathtaking. Wood planks or concrete panels, featured vertically and not just on the ground, add richness and texture.”

Another great tip to accomplishing this trend is to look at construction materials in new ways. Molding and paneling can add architectural detail well beyond crown molding and baseboards. Installing framing on a wall and painting it with complementary paint colors can change the look and feel of any room. “Unique treatments instantly increase the texture, depth and visual appeal, without spending a lot of time or money,” said Nayak. “And the greatest feature is that these updates aren’t permanent, meaning you can continue to change your space as your style — and home design trends — evolve.”

Finishing touches


“The finishing touches are the final way to infuse personality into your updated space,” added Nayak. Whether it’s utilizing accents like pillows, throws and frames in your favorite colors, or a rug that reminds you of a beloved piece of clothing, your home will truly come to life when it depicts who you are in its designs.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.


Decorate with a mix of materials

If you want a great way to make a big design impact on a small budget, mix materials by creating a blend of polished and raw in a room with modern and industrial elements.

“The key to updating your home with the latest trends is finding a balance,” said HGTV designer and television personality Taniya Nayak. “It’s all about making it personal and adding elements that fit your lifestyle and design personality, without breaking the bank.”


The rustic look will be very popular in homes in 2013 because it’s elegant and comfortable. “It provides a feeling of richness and warmth, while still being comfortable to actually live in the space,” added Nayak. A great material for achieving the industrial and modern look is reclaimed wood. From frames, to furniture, this aged, repur-posed wood can bring richness and a dose of style to any space.

Mixing materials also means utilizing different finishes throughout a room. In the kitchen, using contrasting materials makes your space look personalized. Try a mix of wood and painted finishes for a more layered and collected feel. By resisting the urge to perfectly match every piece, you’ll have a current space.


This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.