Top Interior Design Trends for 2014
Following interviews with famous US interior designers, a Wall Street Journal article highlighted the latest trends on what’s in and what’s outdated in the interior design field for US homes. Here’s a summary of the article below, along with some interior design trends trending in the UK:
First up, what’s OUT?
- Ikat prints: Historically these were used to dress the grandest pashas; the ikat pattern has now become a patchy print on kitchen towels says Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
- All-white kitchens: All-white kitchens were referred to as cold, stark and humourless. However, new white-glass appliances adds cleanliness and calm, unlike ubiquitous stainless steel.
- Woodland creatures: The use of blinky owls, Machiavellian foxes, timid deer and, most recently, mushrooms as decorative motifs in artwork and textiles is verging on kitschy.
- Books reduced to décor: stacks of books dust-jacketed in matching colours, stacked into precious tabletop tableaux or shelved with their spines to the wall.
- The Belgian look: Devolving into a catalogue cliche, the mix of freshly manufactured “antiques” with the linen upholstery and neutral tones loved by Belgian taste makers like Axel Vervoordt has influenced even our Main Street, U.S.A. vendors. You cannot do a whole room like that without it looking like a hotel lobby.
- Macramé and fibre-art wall hangings: Adds sculpture for walls with texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can’t afford, and hasn’t been seen since the 1970’s. Early adopters include the Ace Hotel chain and award winnig architect Barbara Bestor.
- Window sheers: The popularity of heavy drapes is drooping. “Everyone wants greater transparency and more light. Sheers are no longer granny-ish and polyester,” said Los Angeles designer Kim Alexandriuk.
- Corduroy upholstery: The casual alternative to velvet and the preppy version of chenille, It looks really cool on formal chairs. The wider the wale, the gutsier the statement.
- Venetian marbled-paper prints: Found on the end papers of old books, these intricately swoopy patterns evoke the romanticism of a bygone, pre-digital era. The prints are seeing a renaissance on everything from the chicest of wallpaper to finely silk-screened linens and gold-leafed porcelain.
- Deco hues: Colour has been nudging grey and greige out of the picture, but, for many decorators, bright primary shades can still feel uncouth. “My favourite palette is anything muted and deco-inspired: rose quartz, amethyst, topaz, olive, whiskey and raisin” said Los Angeles designer Michael Berman. “Colours that appear to be filtered through smoke and sunlight”. One exception – several designers expressed a creeping fondness for hits of acid yellow, especially to jolt an otherwise mellow colour scheme.
Romantic Pastels Trending in the UK
The Homes and Property Magazine in the UK states that pastel shades for the home is in trend this spring. Shauna Dennison, creative director at wallpaper house Cole & Son, says “Think of pastels as brave neutrals… plaster pinks, honeyed camel neutrals, warm dove greys and blushing peaches/corals — all enhanced with soft mood lighting”.
Left: Spring pastels from the Aegean collection at Sanderson. Right: Tesco’s budget pretty pastels include cushions in metallic-print knits and sequinned floral, with velvet and rose print.
UK Living Room Design Trends 2014
UKTV Home lists the hottest living room design trends for 2014 and includes pastels amongst its 12 recognised styles below:
- Hollywood glamour
- Retro yellow
- Linen country
- Painterly pastels
- Victorian drama
- Urban brights
- Circle shapes
- Natural woods
- Tropical retreat
- Sorbet luxury
- Colourful industrial
- Japanese minimalism
Read the full article on Living Room Trends here.
The 2014 Interior Design Trends Infographic
We found this infographic listing US interior design trends including the use of colours, patters and textures, space and appliances for 2014. Click on the image below to view the infographic.
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