2014 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS

Identifying design trends from year to year has always fascinated me.The lifespan of a trend has been cut in half due to social media. Fashion typically influences what is seen in the design world.  Once a trend hits the runway, it will likely show up in the world of interior design the following season through fabrics, furnishings and accessories. See below for what is “in” and “out” from the design editors and experts…

FROM DAVID KEEPS OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:

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What’s in for 2014 Illustration by gluekit for The Wall Street Journal
1. Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings: “It’s sculpture for your wall that adds texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can’t afford,” said Ms. Burnham. “And we haven’t seen it since the 1970s. I think it’s time.” Early adopters include the Ace Hotel chain and architect Barbara Bestor.
2. Window sheers: The popularity of heavy drapes is drooping. “Everyone wants greater transparency and more light,” observed New York designer Celerie Kemble. And “sheers are no longer granny-ish and polyester,” said Los Angeles designer Kim Alexandriuk. “The new ones in linen and wool look rich.” For her part, Ms. Showers is partial to “limousine cloth, a sheer wool voile,” while Ms. Burnham dresses up sheer panels with inverted box pleats “for a more tailored, masculine look.”
3. Corduroy upholstery: “It’s the casual alternative to velvet and the preppy version of chenille,” said Ms. Burnham, whose library sofa is olive-green corduroy. Mr. Harte, who used Etro’s “hip and vibrant” purple corduroy on a gold-leafed bergère, is also a fan: “It looks really cool on formal chairs.” The wider the wale, the gutsier the statement.
4. 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,” said Mr. Wood. Mr. Bullard noted that the prints are seeing a renaissance on “everything from the chicest of wallpaper to finely silk-screened linens and gold-leafed porcelain.”
5. Deco hues: Color has been nudging gray and greige out of the picture, but, for many decorators, bright primary shades can still feel uncouth. “My favorite palette is anything muted and Deco-inspired: rose quartz, amethyst, topaz, olive, whiskey and raisin,” said Los Angeles designer Michael Berman. “Colors 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 color scheme.

What’s out for 2014 Illustration by gluekit for The Wall Street Journal
1. Ikat prints: Historically used “to dress the grandest pashas, the ikat pattern has become a patchy print on kitchen towels,” said Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Laguna Beach designer Sheldon Harte agreed: “You know it’s over when it’s showing up on paper plates at CVS.”
2. All-white kitchens: A decade after the 2003 Diane Keaton film “Something’s Gotta Give” glorified the control-freak look, the all-white kitchen “feels cold, stark and humorless,” said New York designer Alexandra Champalimaud. NYC designer Fawn Galli still makes room for pallor, however: “The new white-glass appliances add cleanliness and calm, unlike ubiquitous stainless steel.”
3. 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, said Ms. Galli. Try something that’s actually alive, said L.A. designer Betsy Burnham, a fan of potted fiddle-leaf fig trees.
4. Books reduced to décor: “It’s a statement about not reading,” said San Francisco designer Scot Meacham Wood of books that are dust-jacketed in matching colors, stacked into precious tabletop tableaux or—as one high-profile decorator actually did in 2013—arrayed on shelves with their spines to the wall. “It’s an affectation,” said Chicago designer Alessandra Branca.
5. The Belgian look: Devolving into a catalog cliché, the mix of freshly manufactured “antiques” with the linen upholstery and neutral tones so beloved by Belgian tastemakers like Axel Vervoordt “has influenced even our Main Street, U.S.A. vendors,” said Mr. Bullard. “You can’t do a whole room like that without it looking like a hotel lobby,” added Dallas designer Jan Showers.

FROM MICHAEL BOODRO OF ELLE DECOR:

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William Abranowicz

1. BEJEWELED KITCHENS

The kitchen has long since become the heart of the home, and now designers are dressing it up accordingly. Kelly Wearstler and Stephen Gambrel are fitting out kitchens with elaborate custom cabinetry painted in rich gemstone colors, and accented with gleaming brass or chrome, all lit by unusual lighting fixtures. And companies such as Caesarstone and Antolini have devised composite surfaces that mimic malachite, agate, and other exotic semi-precious stones, perfect for dramatic countertops and backsplashes. Kitchens are becoming downright glamorous.

 

2. HONEY-TONE WOODS

Maybe as a reaction to all the dark wenge and other woods we’ve been seeing in furniture for so long, lighter, honey-color woods such as walnut, oak, and cherry are looking fresh. Two standout collections that include lots of lighter woods are David Easton for Chaddock and Ralph Lauren Home

3. TURQUOISE

It was everywhere at High Point this fall and we expect to see it a great deal in 2014. Perhaps this is the culmination of all the blues and greens we’ve been seeing in the past couple of years. Turquoise showed up in upholstery, wall coverings, and on furniture. And we’re talking deep and saturated, not pale and wimpy.

Read more: 2014 Design Trends – Decorating Trends for 2014 – ELLE DECOR

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Dominique Vorillon; William Waldron

4. HAIR ON HIDE

The popular hide rugs have climbed up onto sofas and chairs and even to tables and consoles. You’ll want to pet the furniture in the months ahead. At Lee Industries, you can even choose whether to have a chair upholstered in a summer (shorter) or winter (longer and curlier) fur. And at High Point, Bernhardt featured a handsome console that was covered in the soft skins—a nod to both the trend and classic Jean-Michel Frank designs.

5. THE END OF THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN INDOOR AND OUT

Outdoor fabrics have undergone a revolution, and now the design of outdoor furniture is keeping pace. Soon you’ll be wondering if you shouldn’t be lugging your outdoor pieces inside. Gloster has brought Danish modern style to the patio, and Bunny Williams’s new collection for Century and Michael S. Smith’s for Brown Jordan make it possible to have all the style you are used to in the living room out under the open skies. And the fabrics, by SunbrellaPerennials, and many other companies are more varied and luscious than ever, so the possibilities for stylish outdoor living are virtually endless.

FROM YOURS TRULY:

The images below show recurring themes I saw at Maison & Objet in Paris and High Point Market this fall. I would gladly welcome any of these gorgeous objects into my home…

1. ROCK CRYSTAL

Voisson

 

  2. TAXIDERMY

Maison & Objet The Real Thing
Rattan Animal Heads
Resin Animal Heads

  3. BRASS MIXED WITH LUCITE & FABRICS

Nicola Falcone
Taylor & Burke
Celerie Kemble for Henredon

4. PINK ACCENTS 

Ro Sham Beaux
Grace & Blake
Regina Andrew

5. GLOBAL CHIC

JuJus at Masion et Objet
Latin American Textile
JuJu, Tusks & Faux Ostrich Eggs

5 Comments

  1. Mary Jane Smith January 6, 2014

    I like your design trends. Did you saw Pantone color for 2014? I think you will love it… I saw some ideas here and I was blowned away! http://brabbu.com/blog/2013/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2014-radiant-orchid/

  2. Catherine M. Austin January 9, 2014

    Thanks so much Mary Jane…. You must have read my mind….I wrote a post on the 2014 spring color forecast right after I finished this post!

  3. Sandra Thomas January 11, 2014

    Yzz me too like to follow you, your home decor trends are awesome.

  4. Sachin Themes January 18, 2014

    I am with you Sandra… This home decor trends are really impressive… Nice work Catherine and thanks for sharing…
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  5. nancy john April 14, 2014

    Truly said, interior designing has now a days lot of scope not only in designing for house or office but the requirement of interior designer is required in each and every sector of industry.

    Ideal room

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