If you set a New Year’s goal to spruce up your home in 2014, or you just feel like it’s time for a change, the beginning of the year is a good time to look at new trends for home decor and to start planning the changes you want to make in your home this year. Here’s a rundown of some of the up-and-coming design trends for 2014.
Fresh New Color
White or pale walls are moving out for the New Year to make way for the dark and dramatic. Black, navy blue, or other dark shades for walls act as a new backdrop to the current trend of metallic accessories, adding drama and panache to many rooms. White with black graphic designs or accents is also anticipated to be a trend in 2014. Blue has been a popular recent choice for home decor, and many shades have been continuing the trend, including shades of turquoise.
Another color trend is the use of a neutral palette for walls, furniture, carpet, and window treatments to act as a mainstay in the room’s decor so that overall look of the room can be quickly changed. Switching in new high-impact accessories like throw pillows, blankets, rugs, lamp shades, and other items can instantly give a room a completely new look and feel.
Windows take up a lot of decorating real estate in many rooms, so choosing window treatments to act as the backdrop is a perfect way to create a look that is easily changed while maintaining control of the natural light levels and privacy in your home.
With hundreds of colors available for shades and vertical blinds, you can either incorporate window treatments into a neutral background color scheme, which can be dressed up with brighter accessories, or use window treatments in on-trend colors to make them part of your new color scheme.
Green is a fantastic color choice for home decor, but choices in design and building materials have been shifting to “green” as well. Growing awareness of the need to conserve energy and find new energy sources is pushing the trend for houses outfitted with solar panels or built with energy efficiency in mind. Sealing up cracks around your windows and choosing high-quality insulated windows or insulating window treatments is a great way to boost the energy efficiency of your home.
Choosing the right blinds or shades can conserve energy while saving you money in heating and cooling costs. Single- or double-cell cellular shades offer excellent insulation for windows, and can be produced in fabrics ranging from sheer to blackout material, enabling a great degree of control over the amount of light you let into your rooms. Blinds and shades made out of renewable wood, bamboo, and other natural materials, which offer beauty, color, and texture, are also on trend.
You can use renewable materials in other areas as well, such as bamboo flooring for indoors or natural local rock rather than brick for exterior pathways and patios.
Textures and Fabrics
One of the easiest ways to give a room personality and depth is to add texture. This can mean texture that is intended to be touched, such as on furniture, pillows, and rugs, or visual texture that appeals to the eye, such as layering items for decoration or introducing different visual elements that complement and contrast each other.
As mentioned, metallic accessories are hot right now, and they add one potential layer of texture to a room. To prevent your decor from developing an unintended hard, unwelcoming feeling with too many bright metallic pieces, contrast such accessories with warm accents in color, physical texture or both.
If you want to incorporate texture into your window treatments, fabric shades can offer visual interest to a room, especially if you choose stylish Roman shades or fabric panels in interesting patterns and colors. Roman shades can give a drapery feel with the functionality of a blind, especially with hobbled or teardrop style folds. Fabric-panel track blinds also add color and texture to a room, whether used as window treatments or as room dividers.
Another trend for 2014 is hide rugs, which have been a trendy room accessory for a few years. This year, though, hide or fur textures are coming into use for furniture as well. If you don’t want to use hide accessories or upholstery, incorporate the look with fringe on pillows or a shag throw rug. These details can add a similar texture to a room. Natural elements are also on the rise to give texture and visual interest to rooms, such as flooring or wall accents made out of geode or natural gems. Stone adds interesting, rich texture, whether used as an external building material or indoors for fireplaces or accent walls.
Globally-inspired prints and fabrics, from bright African-themed throws and pillows to Indian dhurries used as rugs to tartan-inspired plaid prints, are also making a splash. Metallic colors are influencing fabrics as well, with many home decor fabrics boasting a metallic finish and a little shimmer. Large print fabrics are also great modern choices for accessories.
Whether your plans for changing your decor in 2014 are on a grand scale or more simple and modest, there are a number of options available for you to add color, style, and life to your home over the next twelve months.