Ten Interior Design Trends for 2014
Make your house as fashionable as your wardrobe with the latest trends in interior design. 2014 is the year to experiment and whether it’s in turquoise, copper or cowhide look to the catwalk for inspiration, mixing contemporary finishes with classic design for an on-trend take on timeless style.
1. Blue: The New Neutral
2013 was the year that grey ruled, in all its shades, and now it’s blue that’s making its mark. Paint-connoisseurs will be swarming for Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, supposedly ‘reminiscent of the extraordinary colour of the mud found on a beach in Norfolk’, for creating moody backdrops and dramatic statement walls. However, if this tempting combination of mud and mysterious beaches doesn’t appeal, inject some colour into your home with accents of bright cobalt, peacock blue and 2014’s hottest shade: turquoise.
2. Modest Touch
Soften up the sharp-edged industrial designs of 2013 with traditional furnishings and rounded surfaces. Eco-friendly or reclaimed furniture in lighter grains of wood such as walnut and oak will help warm up your living space and relax your overall design – the honey and caramel shades blending into the space without overwhelming it.
Whilst seemingly an unusual choice of material to accompany 2014’s interior design buzzword ‘rustic’, when used well clear acrylic furniture (or plexiglass) can disappear into your space for the perfect transitional twist on traditional. With a 93% transparency rate, acrylic is even more glass-like than glass itself and it’s this combined invisibility and high-impact durability that sees it work its way into chairs, sofa legs and even entire dining tables.
4. Skin up
No longer reserved for the floors and walls of porn stars and cowboys, hair on hide will be everywhere in 2014 so shake off your initial hesitation and pile on the sheepskin, mink and cowhide. From lampshades and cushions to sofas and full-on wall hangings, it’s probably best to stick to smaller pieces and drapes as this ‘unique’ texture is perhaps most likely to fall victim to the chop-and-change nature of ‘chameleon decor’ also predicted for 2014.
5. Enough With the Chintz
Cath Kidston and co. have finally had their day and the quaint floral patterns have been replaced with bold graphic prints and geometric patterns in saturated colours. Pair 2014’s staple colour turquoise with hot pink, cobalt blue and orange – mixing, matching and clashing for an eye-watering style statement.
Replace the clutter and kitsch with vintage items and antiques with genuine sentimental value. No one should need decorative letters to spell out ‘Home’ or ‘Love’ – your personal collection of objects, ornaments and photos should have all the significance you need to decorate your home with carefully-chosen meaning.
The uniform of the preppy and elderly, this antiquated material has wrapped itself around the design world adding an unexpected element of sophistication to interior decor. Heavier fabrics like this will add depth and texture to your space, corduroy replacing the velvets and chenilles of 2013. Don’t overdo it though. There’s a reason you rarely see a three-piece corduroy suit and the same trouser-only rule should apply in the home – less is definitely more.
8. Warm finish
Copper and brass are big news for 2014. Invest in topped tables and wall cladding or add a touch of luxe with lamp shades, candle holders and vases. Crushed silver and antique or brushed gold also work, paired together for a rich metallic finish. When combined with earthy woods and natural textures this a look that’s layered in Parisian elegance, without the gaud of gold and an inordinately lavish price tag.
9. Clustered Lighting
No design is complete without carefully chosen lighting and the various light sources of 2014’s popular pendant cluster lights will beautifully reflect all those warm metallics and natural, earthy furnishings. Designer Tom Dixon leads this extravagant lighting trend and, recognised as the contemporary chandelier, it’s no surprise even David Cameron’s a fan – and who doesn’t look to the PM for style inspiration?
Yes, really. This exotic fruit adorned the runways of S/S‘13 and now tropical designs have worked their way into home decor too. Think golden pineapples, oversized palm leaves and brightly coloured birds, flamboyantly printed onto fabrics, ceramics and, well, everything. Look to House of Hackney for an expert demonstration in print-on-print-on-print, their trademark over-the-top designs a showcase in fashion-led interiors.