By Lolly Spindler
The great thing about home décor and interior design is that there’s always a fresh, new idea to try that will liven up your abode. Below we outline 20 home décor trends that are quite the rage in 2014, and how you can implement them in your own home.
1. Interchangeable Accents
Think a hodge podge of chameleon décor. Instead of focusing on one “look,” try out a neutral base and then use impactful accents. By using this technique, you can easily change up your décor by keeping the essentials and refreshing the flourishes.
2. Bedazzled Kitchens
Give the heart of your home a stylish facelift. Show your kitchen some love by installing custom cabinetry painted in rich gemstone colors. Add some spark by incorporating an unusual lighting fixture, and accent with gleaming chrome or brass. If you want to bedazzle your countertops and backsplashes, use exotic, semi-precious stones.
3. Merging the Indoors and Outdoors
Try incorporating some outdoor pieces and designs in the interior of your home. Go low budget by using stones and pebbles in your décor, or invest in finished stone or wood coffee tables and other statement pieces.
Wallpaper is coming back with a vengeance; so if you’re sick of tired paint, why not pick out a bold, funky paper to take its place? Today’s wallpaper is not your grandmother’s wallpaper. In fact, there are styles featuring reflective flowers, LED lights, and even Warhol-inspired wallpaper.
5. Black Paint
People are trending away from gray and towards classic black paint. According to a Houzz poll, 74 percent of homeowners said they were fans of black rooms and using black paint, including in the kitchen and bathroom and on exterior siding and interior doors. If you do decide to go black, make sure to use bold, bright, and metallic fixtures to brighten up the space.
6. Window Sheers
The focus is moving away from heavy drapes and towards sheer window dressings. Most homeowners want more transparency and light, meaning less fabric. Sheers in linen and wool look rich while giving you the natural light you need and want. Try sewing the fabric into inverted box pleats for a more tailored, masculine look.
7. Vintage Pieces
Hit up your local antique shops, thrift stores, and swap meets to seek out some unique vintage pieces. Trends come and go, but beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces are always fashionable and serve as great conversation pieces.
8. Light-Colored Wood
Light, honey-colored woods such as oak, walnut, and cherry are fresh and lively. Maybe it’s the beach dweller in all of us, or the way a light-colored wood table brightens up a room that is putting this trend on the map.
9. Ethnic Prints
If your drab pad needs a pick-me-up with an exotic touch, ethnic prints may be for you. Popular as upholstery, fabrics, and prints, ethnic prints can break up boring interiors.
10. Rope Lighting
If you’re interested in nautical décor or simply want an unexpected touch, rope lighting may be a perfect fit for your home. Drape long lengths of rope over exposed beams or other ceiling fixtures and let the bulbs hanging from the ends light up the room.
11. Metal Backsplashes
People are getting more and more creative with their kitchen backsplashesthese days. Although the most popular backsplash material still remains tile, people are increasingly selecting metal tiles and other sheet materials like glass, stainless steel, and stone slab for their kitchens. Metal backsplashes are great because not only do they look sleek, they’re easy to clean!
12. Macramé Wall Hangings
Add texture to your walls with macramé and fiber art wall hangings. This will give the room an extra flourish and can easily take the place of expensive fine art. If you’re not into using these materials as wall art, incorporate texture by making a macramé curtain to separate rooms.
13. Floral Prints
Bold floral prints are very popular this year. Much like ethnic prints, they can make a big statement in a neutral room. For a modern look, mix your floral and chintz prints with other graphic patterns.
Turquoise paint and accents are definitely trending this year. If you’re not ready to commit to an entire room painted this fun color, incorporate some turquoise into your home in the form of throw pillows, blankets, area rugs, or upholstery.
15. Bye Bye Beige
Given the current trend to opt for more bright and bold colors, beige is the enemy. It’s safe and works well as a base color, but it doesn’t have the edge or make a statement like other popular colors do. Say goodbye to beige and don’t be afraid of color!
16. Wood Grain
People are beginning to skip the paint and opt for natural beauty instead. More live-edge (natural edged) wood is increasingly in popularity for countertops and furniture.
17. Corduroy Upholstery
A casual alternative to velvet and the preppy version of chenille, corduroy is a hit in 2014. Try it out on formal chairs, or choose a wider wale for more of a statement. An added bonus of using corduroy is that it’s very durable and can withstand long-term wear and tear.
18. Hair, Fur & Hide
Don’t be afraid to pet the furniture. Hair, fur, and hide throws, upholstery, and coverings are very popular this year. Sofas and chairs now boast a touchable surface, and some companies even offer upholstery in a shorter, summer fur or a longer, curlier, winter hide.
If done right, brass can add class to any room. Brass is timeless, and the trend of implementing it into a home’s décor has been gaining steam. Brass works particularly well in the kitchen, bathroom, and for ornamental pieces. Actually, metallic pieces of all kinds, especially a mix of silver and gold, are also very popular this year.
Navy has also proven to be a popular color this year. Perfect for nautical themed rooms, home libraries, home offices, and studies, navy is a deep, sophisticated color that can work well in many environments. In fact, a range of shades of blue, from indigo to peacock and cobalt blue, are trending in 2014.
Have you noticed any other home décor trends in 2014? Please let us know in the comments below!
Sources: Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Freshome, Wall Street Journal, Houzz and Details.
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