1. - Welcome Brass
Brass has the ability to look ludicrously luscious or tantalizingly tacky. A number of years back I was taken around a designer’s showroom in
China who specialized in
brass-ware; it looked tacky and clichéd.
It’s important to inspect designs which are executed poorly, to
determine what mistakes to avoid. When done right, brass looks classy, it’s
timeless, and it’s also a trend which has been gathering steam over the past
year. In 2014 we foresee a rise in the
popularity of brass, particularly in the kitchen, bold brass bathtubs (as per
the image below), lamp stands and other ornamental pieces.
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2. - Macramé
Inexpensive and accessible to most, as long as you can find a supplier, fiber-art and macramé is arty, creative and takes the edge off of plain walls and rooms. It’s definitely a micro trend at the moment, but should continue to snowball over the next couple of years. It can be used instead of fine art, expensive wall paper and other more expensive wall pieces, and it’s for these reasons why I and many other designers believe this will be a successful, growing trend in 2014.
3. - Flowers will never leave us....
Floral designs and textiles, as per the picture below, is a growing trend, not only in the interior design world, but also in other markets such as fashion. When there is a lap over of a particular trend in more than one vertical market, in this case floral, the trend has a tendency to have staying power; the perfect storm one might say. This will be a strong trend in 2014 that you’ll see popping up everywhere, from billboards, shop windows, interior designs and commercials. Floral textiles are a great option for any new designs.
4. - Chic Glamour
This is all about creating mood. Huge expanses of plain white, lifeless walls will be replaced with interest, mood and character. Think daring and valorous, making a statement with every element of the design. Interesting and metallic accessories will be the perfect accompaniment; supplementing, complimenting and adding to the glam. A weaker trend for 2014, but still growing at an increasing rate.
5. - Colors and colors and more colors.
In 2014 there’ll be a move towards versatility. Instead of having one set look, we’ll see a base hues enlivened with accents of color whit will bring a monotonous box into a fresh lively room. We’re talking bright chromatic splashes over unsaturated undertones. It’s a fresh and lively trend which invigorates the senses and perks up the spirit.
6. - my “Blues”
Blue is without a doubt a massive trend this year. At SCM Design group are seeing it everywhere, from home design exhibitions to showrooms, It’s all about blue, and don’t be shy about sticking to one shade either. Different shades of blue rolling back into each other in the same room will ignite the senses. Azure, beryl, teal, cobalt, sapphire; a cerulean of blue, folding back into themselves in an ocean of electric design. Apart from turquoise which I cover in a later point, the other shade of blue which has gained popular traction is navy. A calming, shade which commands authority without appearing desperate; easy and pleasant on the eye, this is one you can’t go wrong with in 2014: Navy is vogue. Use it in accessories, soft furnishings, couches, cushions, cupboards, walls and anywhere else you can imagine it. We’re seeing it everywhere; we’re seeing it in the design sphere: Blue will be big in 2014.
7. - Splash of unique...
Here we are again; but this times a specific shade of blue. Turquoise screams of life and personality and there is a plash of this color everywhere we look now. The difference in feeling this vibrant tone gives a room is in such stark contrast to a mellow navy. In my opinion it’s trickier to use right than navy, but as with everything, when it’s tricky, if done right it usually looks eye catching with the razzle-dazzle edge. It’s one of those ‘in your face’ nimble colors that is hard to miss, and now it’s on your mental radar, you’ll notice it appearing more and more throughout 2014. A trend which grew leaps and bounds in 2013, with a strong foundation to leap up from and press forwards with great vigor and potency in 2014.
8. - Be smart... with “wow effect”
Today, more smart electronics are coming onto the market to make your house easier to maintain than ever before.
A refrigerator that tells you when your food expires, an automated floor cleaner that really works, a dishwasher with a sixth sense, a device that saves maximum energy, a dryer that doesn’t wrinkle your clothes, these is the technology in our hands in these days, and we could implement in every design.
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