Cologne, Germany: The latest interior design trends and tendencies from the imm cologne 2013(14-20 January). The buzzword for this year is natural, untreated, authentic, and honest. Photos courtesy: imm cologne.
Today's buyers expect even inexpensive products to be good quality.
When it comes to furniture, good quality means good design, good materials and good workmanship - in the right combination.
No oak table is
exactly like another. Its owner has something exceptional and special that comes with a genuine growth story - and not a synthetic, mass-produced industrial product.
This passion for all things "green" is being reflected not only in decorations and accessories but in the choice of the materials used for the furniture as well.
One megatrend that is continuing to conquer interior worlds is nature.
Glass is replacing plastic as the preferred material for fronts.
Wall units have become standard. Individually configurable highboards, lowboards or display cabinets can provide the right solution for all tastes and storage space requirements.
Soft, rounded corners and edges are bang up-to-date and give
upholstered furniture an inviting, harmonious look. Manufacturers are increasingly bringing out ornamental motifs that evoke the
paintings of Gustav Klimt.
Blue - most people's favourite colour - is the season's selfconfident newcomer.
Colours can work miracles. Whether we notice them consciously or sense them subconsciously, we are surrounded by colours all the time.
White will still be used for furniture but is on the retreat. In many cases, including kitchen furnishings, white is being replaced by grey.
Light colours have a cheerful and elegant effect, medium-depth shades look lively and optimistic, dark colours tend to come across as respectable
and rather conservative.