Home Design Inspiration from Maison et Objet

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2013 has barely begun, and yet we have already welcomed the year’s biggest and most celebrated interior design exhibition: Maison et Objet.

Hosted every January in Paris - the world’s recognised design capital for everything from fashion to interior decor - Maison et Objet is the go-to hub for everything homeowners need to know about the interior designs trends set to dominate Europe throughout 2013.

This year’s exhibition seemed to cover a wider range of trends than ever before; combining both vintage influences and ultra-modern styles.

Intricate furnishings, accents and accessories dominated the exhibition, and it was clear to see that 2013 is going to be an interior design year focused on enhancing the home’s current decor, rather than undergoing extensive renovations in every room.

Colour

Pastels and bold, vibrant shades shared the stage at Maison et Objet this year – especially where homeware was concerned. Decorative pillows, sofa throws and rugs incorporating either mixtures of bold, statement colours or soft and delicate pastel tones were particularly widespread; affording homeowners the flexibility of investing in just a few new, key pieces to refresh and invigorate all of the most lived-in rooms of the home.

Prints

Incorporating wild, naturalistic themes into larger spaces, especially with animal-printed lampshades, hide rugs and bed linens, is also proving a principle trend for the year ahead. Whether homeowners’ decor warrants something subtle, such as a distressed leopard print wall canvas, or a more statement-making and dramatic zebra-printed rug to completely envelop a room; the animal print trend is surprisingly seamless and very easy to include.

Patterns

Geometric patterns were a welcome highlight this year, with vivid circles, block squares and blatant overlaps of various bold shapes key to achieving a modern and contemporary look. Sculptures and ornaments featuring such patterns were especially prominent, but – as with all of the other trends demonstrated this year – one of the most effective ways to channel the geometric look is with a statement-making floor covering.

Rug Merchant is a specialist supplier of high-quality rugs which promise longevity, complementary aesthetics, and designs which adhere to the current interior decor trends.

The blog on the Rug Merchant website is especially informative, and is regularly updated with details on all the latest news from the interior design industry throughout the year; whilst new rugs in-keeping with these trends are constantly being sourced from suppliers across the globe and added to the website’s collection.

Rug Merchant also offers a made to measure service on some rug designs, so if homeowners are particularly keen on a specific model yet don’t have a suitable space for it, it is still possible to create the desired look and effortlessly channel the trends reported from this year’s Maison et Objet exhibition.

For information about all of the products available from Rug Merchant, visit their website.