So I thought it would be interesting to see what the big design trends are for 2014. But I always tread softly around trends. I have 2 design rules that I always follow. 1) For semi-permanent elements (i.e. tile, lighting, flooring, expensive furnishings, etc), go with classics and neutrals. 2) For easy to change elements (fabrics, paint, accessories, etc), be bold and try something new.
And there are lots of trends and predictions out there as we get ready to start a new year! Here's a brief set of highlights:
The Wall Street Journal has 5 top picks: Macrame wall hangings (please no!!! I don't think I can live through that again!!), Corduroy fabrics, sheers for windows, Art Deco colors (amethyst, topaz, rose quartz, etc), and Venetian marbled paper prints (the swirly kind that you find inside of old books).
House Beautiful has their own predictions, from some of the top bloggers around the country: A Bevy of Blues, including a lot of Navy (that's something I think we could use!), soft black and white (nice!), traditional/timeless design, mixing and matching metallics, farewell to beige or greige and lots more color, including dark, moody walls!
|Source: House Beautiful|
Elle Decor predicts: Bejeweled Kitchens (think cabinets in gemstone colors), honey toned woods, turquoise, animal hide upholstery, and the end of distinction between indoors and out.
|Source: Elle Decor|
Zillow compiles their own trend predictions, based on the most popular photos on their website (a pretty cool way to compile data!). Their predictions include: Black countertops in kitchens, dark paint colors and open shelving/glass front cabinets.
I think I'm a bit partial to the House Beautiful predictions. And I'm curious, which trends do you like? Which do you dislike? Will you be trying any of these in 2014? I'd love to hear your perspective!