Furniture trends come and go, just like any other home decor trends. Every year, new and rehashed designs, patterns, colors, and visual combinations are touted as the next big thing in home décor and interior design. Home staging, in this regard, is also impacted by the most recent trends in home decor because potential buyers would be likely to look for familiar elements or arrangements that they see in contemporary homes.
While home staging aims to depersonalize the space inside the house and make it as neutral as possible for a wide ranging clientele, it does benefit from an understanding of common home furniture trends. A staged house that features carefully selected furniture pieces that mirror current trends in home design will be able to compete with other listings that also aim to achieve that contemporary feel. This is especially important for homes in neighborhoods that tend to attract younger residents, or in urban, professional districts where apartments or condominiums are the norm.
So what are the furniture trends of 2013?
- Patterns in couches and chairs are in. For sofas and living room chairs, prints and designs are popular again, especially against white backgrounds (i.e. walls). You can add solid-colored accent chairs to a sofa set with design patterns for a nice contrast.
- Beds with storage spaces are popular. Contemporary bed designs with drawer boxes or underbed storage options are in style again, especially as many home buyers are downsizing from larger houses or are choosing to be more practical.
- Antique and handcrafted furniture are trendy. What’s interesting about contemporary home furniture trends is the meshing of old and new designs and pieces. Antique furniture pieces or handcrafted artsy items from different cultures are becoming popular accent or functional additions to furniture arrangements.
- Big and overpriced furniture is out. Consumers are now more practical and tend to go for furniture pieces that are smaller-scaled but practical, especially those that fulfill their function without taking up too much space or breaking one’s wallet.
- White is hot. White is back in style, especially as background color or even for furniture finish. They are easy to arrange and pair with other colored furniture items, and they give the area a bright, airy feel.
- Home offices are in demand. Workplace trends are also changing, making it even more common for people to work part-time or full-time from the comfort of home. Desks, chairs, and workstations that combine function and comfort are appealing to contemporary home buyers.