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Top Interior Design Trends To Watch Out For In 2014

The festivities of the holiday season have pretty much come to an end and most of us are finding our way back to work after a long hiatus. It is that time of the year when all of us make fresh, new starts. We set ourselves new goals that we would like to achieve in the next 12 months and make a few new promises that we intend to keep. It is also the perfect time to give your home a brand new direction when it comes to interior decorating and design. With the holiday sparkle just starting to wear out, it is time to embrace the exciting new design trends of 2014 that will give your home a fashionable and innovative makeover.

Brilliant turquoise accents in the living room

by Fave Design Group

Just like the year gone by, 2014 brings along with it a blend of brilliant new patterns, colors, textures and styles. While some seem like an organic extension of the hottest designs in 2013, others give your home an entirely new direction. From the audaciously minimalist to the colorfully retro, here are the top trends that are expected to reign supreme in the year ahead –

Play Around with Accent Colors

The message here is simple – neutral backdrops are here to stay. But that does not mean you have to use the same old neutral shades, and it definitely does not mean you need to stick to beige and white alone. Using brilliant accent colors to enliven a cool contemporary setting is the perfect solution. This hot and vivacious trend is all set to continue in 2014 with accent fabrics and throw pillows giving modern interiors a versatile and adaptable appeal. The comfort of changing the accent color with ease and keeping the interior fashionable makes them even more appealing to homeowners.

Swap between accents and colors with ease

by Caitlin Wilson

Rug and throw pillows add color instantly in the New York Penthouse

by Marie Burgos Design

Vintage and Retro

With everyone going down the sleek, modern lane, vintage decor items have found a whole new lease of life. They add something inimitable and distinct to a setting, making your home truly unique. This has led to a newfound interest in vintage art pieces, and with social media and online auctioning sites spreading their wings, homeowners are now finding it easier to spot and buy these vintage finds. If you want some hands-on action, take a trip to the local antique show or flea market and make some smart purchases.

Add some vintage finds to the interior

Another design style that is set to make its presence felt is the ‘retro’. And it makes perfect sense too. Those young adults of the ’60s and the ’70s might just be starting to unwind after a long, hard career, and nothing seems more appealing that recreating those nostalgic memories. Even if you are not from that long-gone era, it is a good idea to usher in a hint of retro that adds color and playfulness to a space.

Retro additions look great even in contemporary settings

by maison21

The retro look is even more appealing in a kitchen!

by Old World Kitchens & Custom Cabinets

Out with the Dreary Neutrals

Opting for a nice neutral backdrop brings along with it plenty of advantages. For starters, it gives your home a modern and elegant appeal that is perfect for the public spaces. On top of it, you can simply switch accent hues like we talked about earlier and instantly alter the aura of the room. But it is still important to pick neutrals that are not mundane and dreary. Grey is one of the hottest colors of the season and is predicted to stay relevant well beyond 2014. Different shades of grey also allow you to switch between hot and cold neutrals.

Add some color and textural contrast to the neutral setting

Grey can be used to enhance the look of a room clad largely in white by simply painting the accent wall in a bolder shade of grey. Perfect for home and office settings, grey is an unmistakable hit in the year ahead. Off-white is another cool hue that is expected to take over from the boring beige in 2014.

Combination of light grey, white and blue for the bedroom

by Chris Snook

Darker shades of grey create a more intimate setting

by Black N White House

In with Metallic Glint

Innovative combinations, mixing and matching design styles and a touch of eclectic charm always bring an inimitable look to an interior. With vintage finds making a grand comeback, metallic textures tend to offer the perfect visual and textural balance to the space. The golden sparkle of brass is already one of the most talked about design trends this winter, and once spring and summer kick in, it is expected to give way to stylish silver surfaces. Both gold and silver also bring a sense of opulence and richness that is simply undeniable. If you are fond of shimmering metallic surfaces, 2014 is the year to try them out!

Golden hues add warmth and visual opulence

by Domicile Interior Design

Brass works beautifully in a relaxing bedroom as well

Graphic Patterns and Bold Prints

Exquisite wall murals that set the perfect backdrop, a stunning chandelier that steals the show or a beautiful coffee table that instantly becomes the focal point of the room; 2014 is all about creating dramatic spaces that make a statement! Do not be afraid to introduce that daring print that you always loved or a snazzy color that has always drawn your eye.

Wall mural that steals the show!

The tasteful and classy addition of daring patterns and audacious prints also ushers in a glamorous and exclusive vibe. Remember that at the end of the day, your home must reflect your personality… Say goodbye to the cookie-cutter style of design in 2014!

Bold wolf wallpaper in grey and white

Beauty of Blues and Purples

The many shades of blue and purple will continue to hold sway in the next few months as well. If you have already turned toward cool blue and elegant purple, then you have nothing to be worried about as far as your color scheme is concerned. Pantone has already picked Radiant Orchid as the ‘it’ color of 2014, and refreshing blue shades are pretty high on the list of most preferred colors by both men and women. Blue is also a natural part of different popular themes such as coastal, nautical and Mediterranean, and this seems to ensure that it is never out of fashion.

Contemporary living room with a purple accent wall
Use subtle shades of blue along with other colors
Classy dark blue and white bedroom

Standing the Test of Time

Instead of looking to clutter your home with too many accessories and furnishings, think about saving up and bringing home a few timeless classics. Combine some of the Mid-Century modern icons like the ever-popular Eames Lounger or the ravishing Arco Floor Lamp with your existing decor to create a timeless appeal. Investing in such marquee pieces will serve you well in the long run, and it adds a dash of sophistication to the interior. Sometimes all you need is the perfect exclamation point!

Iconic Arco Floor Lamp holds its own in the room

by Becki Peckham

The Eames Lounger never goes out of style!

Throw in a Curve Ball!

Are you bored of all those simple straight lines that surround you? So are millions of others across the globe, and hence, architects predict that 2014 will see a distinct shift toward ‘circular’ structural and decor additions. The change might not be drastic, but subtle furnishings that move away from conventional squares and rectangles will find a place in homes across the world. So think beyond the usual and bring home a round bed or a beautiful art installation that adds a hexagonal pattern.

Add a touch of romance to the bedroom with the round bed

Sensuous and flowing curves that complement clean and well-defined lines can be something as basic as a round coffee table or a simple ottoman. In simpler terms, this is the year to think out of the box

Talk about adding hot curves!

Minimalism with Green Indulgence

Minimalism is often construed as an ultra-modern style that embraces sleek decor and futuristic forms. While that is often the truth, minimalism can be an integral part of any design style you choose. Doing away with the unnecessary and keeping the spotlight firmly on the decor that you absolutely love is an idea that is catching on fast. Eco-friendly makeovers that save on power bills and water usage are also rapidly gaining popularity. Solar power, passive heating strategies and greywater harvesting systems are all options that are bound to be embraced more gleefully in the coming year.

Tap into passive solar heating and solar energy

by Arkin Tilt Architects

Keeping things simple and uncluttered

by Design First Interiors

The New Year is not just about starting afresh, but also about giving yourself another chance to express who you truly are. And the hottest design trends of 2014 encourage you to do precisely that. Do not be afraid to experiment, indulge and innovate in the year ahead. That does not mean 2013 goes out the window completely. It is all about adding layers (at times removing a few to reduce clutter) and incorporating the lessons learned in the year gone by.

So, what are your interior design goals and plans for 2014? Which of these trends do you fancy the most? Feel free to share your thoughts with the Decoist community…

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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