I have been taking advantage of the lull between Christmas and New Year, when most businesses are shut or working with just a skeleton staff, to research a new project, an online homewares shop. While spending many hours trying to source suitably quirky and different (but still chic and elegant), reasonably-priced products, I have been thinking of what interiors trends will be appearing on the High Street in 2014.
Trends in Interior Design increasingly reflect fashion and one trend that was in evidence in the Spring/Summer2014 catwalk shows was tribal. Decorative embroideries and folksy ethnic looks as seen on the Valentino and Pucci catwalks are already appearing in the interiors market : Ikat prints and Suzani fabric from Uzbekistan will be used in upholstery and accessories and a layering of pattern and colour will create an ethnic feel.
The World Design Capital for 2014 is Cape Town, which has a burgeoning art and design community, so I expect to see African influences :tribal weaves, colourful basketware, metal furniture and accessories, especially copper and brass, becoming popular as a result.
I think blue will be a big colour for 2014. Its such a comfortable and easy colour- it can be used just about anywhere and with anything. Farrow and Ball recently introduced a new colour, Stiffkey Blue, a beautiful dark moody blue, and there are lots of blue accessories in the shops at the moment. Blue always looks fashionable when paired with white and you can combine different tones for a harmonious scheme.
Soft Pastels and Fluorescents
As a reaction to the deep rich colours and “muddied” neutrals which were so popular in 2013, there will be a return to soft, chalky, pretty pastels: pistachio, pink, pale lilacs and yellows. Use with a shot of a primary colour or black for contrast and to keep the scheme looking contemporary.
Judging from the list of exhibitors in the Home2014 show preview, which showcases established international brands and emerging talent, other popular trends are likely to be:
Birds, butterflies and floral motifs will appear on rich velvet fabric and wallpaper as well as on ceramics and prints. A look that is really on-trend seems to be scatter cushions used as art!. New digital printing technology has made it possible for artwork to be printed onto fabric, so that the hand-painted design is faithfully reproduced. Fenton Art and Design have a range of cushions and lampshades reproduced from artwork and Jessica Zoob has collaborated with Romo to produce her abstract paintings on fabric.
Woodland and Nature
Influences were strong in 2013 and show no sign of waning. Flora and fauna, animal silhouettes and warm colours invoking the feel of the countryside: greens, browns, burnt orange. Tweeds, linen and burlap are fabric that suit this trend. Woodland motifs are everywhere, on fabric as well as ceramics.
1950s Scandi style furniture is still here but has evolved into a more contemporary look, using ply fashioned into geometric shapes, as seen here in this elegant and unique furniture range by Lozi Designs. Cocomanou is another company incorporating geometric designs and colour into their furniture.
Do you think these trends will be popular in 2014? Have you identified any other new ones? Let me know what you think
And if you are embarking on a decorating project in the New Year and would like some help, email me at email@example.com
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