Home decor, just like any form of fashion, never stands still. Even though we are only half way through 2013, it’s time to look ahead to the changes that we will see in 2014.
Think of your house like your closet. It is always changing, embracing new color trends and eliminating the old ones. As a designer it is my job to stay ahead of what’s trending and what’s not. Tracking trends is one of my favorite duties because it’s all about observation. Watching what’s happening on all fronts. From travel to fashion it all influences what will be lining the store shelves during the upcoming months and years. Because it takes time for products to be developed and manufactured, trend watchers have to have far reaching vision. What you may just be noticing we saw coming 12-18 months ago.
Here are my observations as to what’s trending in home décor for 2014.
For the past couple of seasons we have tried to pick up the economy by pushing uplifting colors. You’ve all seen orange and bright pinks popping off the shelves. But as appealing as those colors can be, most homeowners found it a little difficult to decorate with orange and pink. You will still see these shades in the coming months but yellow will definitely be taking their place as the new uplifting color shade.
Rounding out the color trends you will see all shades being a little more sophisticated and natural. Most homeowners can handle these softer trend tones and then experiment with pops of yellow, orange, pink, turquoise and emerald green.
Yellow is the leader for 2014. It is a neutral color but it can be a little tricky. Too strong and it can look like you’ve been hit with mustard. Too light and the punch is lost. Take time to get just the right shade by matching it up with gray, taupe and sand.
Teal Blues continue to build in popularity. When paired with the still popular Spa Blue it updates the look and invites a fresh approach.
Reds continue to emerge. Instead of bright red a more toned down apple red will grace the runways. When combined with medium blue and butterscotch the look provides an inventive Americana style.
Khaki sends a relaxed color message. When teamed with other traditionally masculine colors such as cognac, black, brown, sage greens and water blue it presents an irresistible decorating palate. Khaki has a wonderful stability story with strong natural undertones.
Geometrics have dominated the pattern front for 3 years. In 2014 we will see those strong lines softened and vintage, floral patterns breaking up the angles. Floral patterns mix wonderfully with geometrics so try updating your look by introducing floral pillows to your existing decor. Be brave with your combinations. Forget the rules about what goes with what. If you like it – try it. Think about the most creative wardrobes you’ve admired and try to emulate that look in your home’s décor. It’s a fun game that you can play without hurting your budget.
Some strong florals can be overwhelming for the more faint of heart. Ease yourself into the bolder floral prints by placing them on a white background. Consider a white sofa with floral pillows or a floral inspired rug.
We have become a very touchy group of decorators. I mean that in the best of terms. Our home interiors need to feel good as well as look good. We want to lose ourselves as much in the touch and texture as the color. Natural elements such as warm woods, soft fabrics, textured tiles and smooth surfaces will be the main focus for 2014’s home decor.
What’s Your Story?
The most exciting homes are the ones that are decorated with objects that inspire and provoke conversations. Accessories tell a story about the people who live in a space and should reflect your true personality even if it is a little eclectic, eccentric and quirky. This is definitely the time to bring out those wonderful collections you have been building for years. Travel souvenirs and a lifetime of memorabilia weave a wonderful story you need to share with those that visit your home.
Trends are an expression of what is happening in every aspect of our society. As men are spending more time at home they are certainly taking a greater interest in how it is decorated. The good news is they have finally realized there is more to a well designed home that an overstuffed recliner. Their decorating style reflects a well tailored male wardrobe. It is strong, sturdy, and rich in deep color tones. A style a woman and man can embrace equally.