18 TOP INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS IN THE PAST YEAR

Two thousand and fourteen: already sounds in the past, isn´t it? In this article, we’ll delve into what we believe were 2014 heavy interior design trends.  Admittedly, some of these ideas weren´t ‘fresh’ in the literal sense of the word, but we are certain that some of this trends were an absolute sucess in this already ending year.

1.  Merging Indoors & Out

You’ll be wondering whether you’re indoor’s or out with this trend, where we’ll see more designers and manufacturers creating outdoor designs for inside the house.  Not only that, we’ll see bespoke designs using extravagant ideas which’ll literally cause a ‘wow’ reaction to guests.

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2.  Ethnic Prints

Ethnic fabrics, upholstery and prints look like they were a popular trend this year. Adding a fresh pizazz to your home from far off exotic lands can break up boring bland interiors and if authentic, can be fantastic conversational pieces.

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3.  Beige, Be Gone

Beige is one of those color palettes which has been a favourite for years.  It is a safe color, it’s timeless and it works well as a base color for exciting plashes of color accents. It doesn’t have the edge it once has and its popularity has been waning over the past few years. This year we saw a continuation of the unwinding of a strong but sterile trend.

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4.  Copper is Proper

Copper has the ability to look ludicrously luscious or tantalizingly tacky. It’s important to  inspect designs which are executed poorly, to determine what mistakes to avoid. When done right, copper looks classy, it’s timeless, it’s also a trend which has been gathering steam over the past year. In 2014 we foresaw a rise in the popularity of copper, particularly in the kitchen, bold copper bathtubs, lamp stands and other ornamental pieces.

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5.  Corduroy

Don’ think trousers (pants), think settee’s (couch)! Many designers are bringing corduroy into their focus, and this year was not an exception. We are seeing bold statements in upholstery, wide audacious bands of cord.  A growing trend which will definitely gain momentum in 2015.  Let’s get this train moving; and who knows, in time it could become a speeding locomotive.

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6.  Fiber-art & 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 many designers believe this will be an even more successful growing trend in 2015.

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7.  Floral Influence

Floral designs and chint 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 yet again a strong trend in 2015 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.

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8.  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 in the following year, but still growing at an increasing rate.

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9.  Hair on Hide

No longer is hide doomed to reside on the floor. In 2014, we saw this hair on high.  Off the floor and promoted onto couches, settee’s, consoles, tables and cushions.  We’ve seen a lot more of hair on hide in the Grand Designs Live exhibition, which has caused our mental faculties to be alerted to this trend across the internet.  Natural is best, but also comes with a level of controversy. There are big voices out there who cry out against using animal skin, however there are now humane ways of obtaining the hides, hides which would have been otherwise wasted (sadly enough).

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10.  Compatible Colors & Accents

In 2014 there was a move towards versatility.  Instead of having one set look, we saw a base hues enlivened with accents of color which’ll 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.

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11.  Lighter Colored Woods

Light, fresh looking, honey toned woods looked hot in 2014.  The overzealous use of rich, deep toned woods which has been popular in design over the past 5 years could be the catalyst for this honey-fresh movement.  Oak and cherry are both fantastic options here; both in design, durability and aesthetic appeal.  Go for high quality, don’t be stingy with the cost as it’ll be an elegant and exquisite show piece for generations to come.  This trend has been growing steadily over the past 5 years and is continuing to take ground.

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12.  Myriad of Blues

Blue was without a doubt a massive trend this year. It was present everywhere, from home design exhibitions to the catwalk.  It’s all about blue. Different shades of blue rolling back into each other in the same room ignited the senses.  Azure, beryl, teal, cobalt, sapphire; a cerulean of blue, folding back into themselves in an ocean of electric design. Apart from turquoise , 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 2015: Navy was vogue in 2014 and it will continue in 2015, we predict.  Use it in accessories, soft furnishings, couches, cushions, cupboards, walls and anywhere else you can imagine it.  We’re seeing it everywhere.

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13.  Parisian Soft Black & White

It’s been a staple in interior design over the years, but now we’re seeing a shift to softer tones of black and white, taking that harsh edge off of the contrast. The softer tones are easier on the eye, they’re comfy and relaxing, yet they don’t take the edge off the swank. This is a trend which has been evolving over the past couple of years. An almost timeless trend that will look good for a long time to come.

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14.  Piquant Pineapples

Pineapples: we are seeing them on the cat walks, design, prints and home design exhibitions.  Whatever it is about this delicious delectable treat; it’s made it onto our tables in a different form which certainly isn’t edible.  Keep your peepers open in 2015 for this one. A trend which will be restricted in its scope, but a feisty one nonetheless.  Take a look at the adorable pineapple candle holders on the kitchen counter below.

 

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15.  Timeless

Modern yet reminiscent of timeless designs; people are flocking back to those immortal traditional designs and have been for a few years.  When done right, it is safe and will stand the test of time.  In an economy where keeping up with the Jones’s may not be financially feasible, going with something that is never going to drift out of fashion is a secure strategy.

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16.  Turquoise

Here we are again; but this time 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 our 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 2015.  A trend which grew leaps and bounds in 2014 with a strong foundation to leap up from and press  forwards with great vigor and potency in 2015.

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17.  Unique

One of a kind or difficult to find pieces were popular in 2014.  Adding something different, unique and special to your designs is an easy way to put a unique personal accent on a design, which is a refreshing way to separate one from another designer.

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18.  Window Sheers

Transparent, fresh, bright, light; these are words that were on the lips of designers in 2014.  An easy way to create mood while not sacrificing privacy or light are window sheers.  Woolen and linen were the materials of choice for wondrous window sheers in 2014.

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