Made any New Year’s resolutions yet? Some of us will have and I dare say that some of us will have broken a few already. Personally, I always start making resolutions about what I want to achieve in my home as soon as the Christmas decorations come down. If you’re planning any home improvements or re-decorating in 2014, here’s a few new trends that you might want to factor into your thinking.
1. Colour- The colour forecasters are telling designers that the colour for 2014 will be Radiant Orchid (see above) However, I’m seeing a lot of turquoise and shades of blue being featured in the new fabric collections. There is also a strong trend for the use of very dark colours to be used on accent walls. Using a dark wall is a great way to start a monochromatic plus white theme which is very popular at the moment.
2. Texture– Corduroy is making a big statement this year in upholstery in particular It mixes beautifully with knitted cushions and leather which seem to be still strong trends. When it comes to texture, the key thing is not to be afraid of mixing things up a bit, leather with hessian; silk with fur. Being brave and trying new things is going to be what 2014 is all about.
3. Acrylic Furniture– This is being tipped as a strong trend for the ultra-modern interior, especially because it’s so light and goes with everything. It can also look great mixed with more traditional furniture in an eclectic scheme. There’s a lot of it showing at the exhibitions so don’t discount the really well designed pieces at least.
4. Art in everything– Art is everywhere this year, enriching our lives. In Scotland, we look forward to the completion of The Kelpies, a huge and very beautiful 30 metre tall piece of public sculpture, currently being constructed in central Scotland. However, art can make our homes more restful and contemplative too and not just through ornaments and paintings. “Cushions as art” is a huge trend in 2014. You can select cushions made from ‘painterly’ fabrics and also fine art being incorporated into cushions. At House Shape we have our own range of art cushions se we’re bang on trend.
5. Bold takes on the classics– Although we saw this in 2013, this trend continues this year with toile de jouy fabrics in bold, bright colours instead of the usual muted shades. Tartans are also being featured in unexpected shade combinations and bright colours. I’ve said it before but 2014 is going to be all about being brave and trying new things. Design has always been about pushing the boundaries to change and enhance our lives and this year looks as though its going to do just that and some – exciting!