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Stay one step ahead of the trends – What 2014 has in store for us
We’re almost through the first quarter of 2014, and it’s definitely an exciting year for design. Rich, bright colors, contrasted with paler, neutral hues are making their way into homes this year, and into 2015. Whether you want to go bold with your décor, or keep things simple and neutral, the latest décor trends have something for everyone.
Bold is back
Furniture is all about drama this year. With bright, bold sofas and armchairs showcased against neutral walls, this year’s furniture trends definitely make a statement. Textures and rich fabrics, such as corduroy-upholstered sofas, hair-on hide-armchairs, luxurious suede, and acrylic furniture are also notable trends for 2014. Floral patterns are also big—a tasteful, floral-patterned wingback chair will add beauty and elegance to your home. Not ready for too much floral? Opt for elegant floral throw cushions. Also look for soft-colored walls, such as blush pink, combined with bold, darker furniture pieces.
Blast from the Past
Furniture styles from the ancient past are also making a comeback. Shapes and patterns from Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Egypt are making their way into 2014 furniture styles—including wingback chairs, chaise lounges, and coffee tables. Stone furniture pieces are also huge this year. Don’t try too hard to have everything match perfectly. Be open to mixing patterns, textures, and colors.
While cooler metals like silver are always in style, 2014 will see a return of warmer metals, such as gold and copper. Adding gold or copper lighting, such as a floor lamp or table lamp, will give your home a warm, welcoming glow. Mixing metals is also a popular trend. You no longer have to choose between gold, silver, or bronze—now you can mix them to create a warm, inviting look for your home.
Wood never goes out of style, and now, after years of darker woods taking the spotlight, honey-toned woods are making a comeback. Honey-toned coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, and desks, will add a warm, homey, casual ambience to your home.
Bold and beautiful colors
Pantone’s 2014 spring color collection includes both bold and neutral tones that will add flair to any home. Pantone’s color of the year is radiant orchid, a vibrant purple that embodies beautiful spring florals. Other bright tones from Pantone’s collection are Cayenne red, Celosia orange, Freesia yellow (a bright, deep yellow), and Dazzling blue—a rich royal blue.
For a softer look, Pantone’s neutral colors—such as Placid Blue, Hemlock Green, Paloma Grey, and Sand—provide a soft, neutral, backdrop for walls or furnishings. All shades of blue—including turquoise and navy—are also a major trend for walls and furniture.
Looking to add a splash of color without going too bold? Accent walls were a big trend a few years ago and are back in style. Painting a dark-toned, dramatic accent wall, while keeping the rest of the room neutral, will give your room a pop of color without overdoing it.
Author: Sklar Furnishings