Bring Home 2013 Design Trends This Spring

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz … I wonder where the plumber is.

This riff on the poem, “Spring in the Bronx,” highlights other rites of the season: renovating and redecorating.

There’s nothing quite like sunlight pouring through our open curtains to inspire us, so every year at this time we start to think about changing our surroundings.

Spring’s latest trends may be just the thing to bring new life to your old home.

And because it’s even more important if you’re thinking about selling, you’ll be pleased to know there are some inexpensive quick fixes to brighten your surroundings.

This year is all about colour: Pastels are everywhere (Benjamin Moore’s colour of 2013 is called Lemon Sorbet), but so are muted blues, which have been proclaimed the new neutrals.

Pastels are a great way to lighten and brighten without dominating. For the potential seller, an accent wall in soft yellow complements neutrals and won’t turn off buyers.

While summer is still months away, bring the look of the outdoors in now. Let garden furniture assume centre stage, and introduce the sunshine with sheer window coverings; it’s the best way to establish a link with nature.

This year, we’re reacting to our high-tech lifestyles by connecting to all things earthy.

A “new” traditional style features classic with a twist, such as a sofa with simple lines upholstered in a strong colour.

It’s a sea change from last year’s whimsical folk art and reclaimed furniture look, which nevertheless remains popular this year.

If you need new appliances, there’s a big surprise in store. Black is the new stainless steel, and even white is trending.

Lastly, you can give your home curb appeal with new door hardware in the latest metallics: brass, copper, bronze or gold. Don’t forget to paint the door in one of the new colours. Then sit back and enjoy the compliments.