At the beginning of every new year a slew of hip and upcoming style and decorating trends are released into the design world and this year is no exception. Read on for a quick rundown on what you can expect to see gracing the pages of every design magazines in 2014.
This isn't a new trend. Textured walls have been the go-to for dramatic flair for several years. But now we're seeing larger, and bolder applications taking centre stage. Wood block, dry-stacked stone, tactile wall coverings — it’s all about scale and inviting an element of the unexpected into your spaces.
Amazing Light Fixtures
Nothing jumps out at you quite like a sculptural light fixture! Shifting from more traditional looking chandeliers and abstract frames with crystals and organza shades, this year's must-have is in the form of dramatic and over-sized works of luminary art. Feature lighting (especially in large or tall foyers, over dining tables, or hung high above an open staircase) begs to be over the top and stunning this year — if you're wavering on the edge of classic or high-impact, make the jump and go for bold.
Fabrics, area rugs, pillows, and throws — a kick back to vintage and classic geometric pattern and design is in full swing this year. Bold in colour and even bolder in scale, geo designs are taking over — mix them into spaces that need additional energy and a quick pick-me-up.
The latest version of a standard feature wall, incorporating decorative wall dividers is a great way to section off your space without blocking off the views, and adding a vertical element of surprise to your interior atmosphere. Again, a great place to add some geometric patterning, wall dividers come in all shapes and sizes, with a bevy of abstract or classic designs.
Organic and natural design elements are truly timeless ways to show a softer side to design and decorating. Perfect for those who love a little bit of leather, exotic wood, hide, stone and shell. Modern safari style is simple and luxurious looking all at once. Focus on textures and gorgeous finishes like mother of pearl, African horn, teak, suede, buffed silvers and soft golds, and you'll wind up with simply stunning interiors.
Being risqué is quite alright when it comes to your coffee and end tables. Going clear and going see through is hot, and has been off and on for years. Not only does a glass or lucite table top add a contemporary angle to your spaces, it allows smaller rooms to feel larger by being able to see through to the floor. Glass tables are also fantastic if you have an eye-catching area rug you don't want to cover up — something to consider if you're in the market for something new.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 1, 2014