Happy Tuesday Friends!
I'm back to share with y'all some of my favorite elements I foresee the interior design industry using plenty of this year. I know I'm a few weeks late...but honestly I've been thinking about this post for weeks, I just wanted to gather my thoughts thoroughly before posting.
For the record....these are just my thoughts, not necessarily everyone will agree with me on these. I'm also finding that these are all very classic elements, that have come back around. I'm not sure when a classic element becomes a trendy element, but at some point things do come and go. I know everything goes in 10 year cycles...so maybe I will look back and be wrong but this is what I predict to be seen in the interior design industry in 2014.
1. Painted Cabinetry/Built-ins
And I'm not talking about white. While white/off-white cabinetry is still happening everywhere. White is always classic. But what I'm talking about is other neutrals...gray, beige, or a combination of greige. Particularly in kitchen design. The greige/gray/beige cabinets are here to stay...and for all kitchen design styles from country to contemporary.
And as for the built-ins/ect. those are going any shade of the painted rainbow...but usually soft muted colors or deep rich colors- nothing too in your face.
2. Vintage furniture
I'm not talking about repurposed/painted vintage. Is anyone else sick of walking into antique stores and seeing all these wonderful antiques painted bright turquoise, canary yellow, or some horrible "distressed" look. Let's put down the spray paint & paint brushes, and just let vintage/antiques be themselves (unless they are in really bad shape, then I agree....do what you can to make them look better for your space....) but for the most part, let antiques, be antiques. Natural distressing is beautiful. Natural wood stains are beautiful. History is beautiful. And I foresee real antiques (not chalkpaint/spray paint/whatever paint) making their comeback (not that antiques were ever "out of style" ) but I see people using these vintage/antique pieces in a fresh way in their designs, gone are the days were antiques are only meant for country primitive decor. Antique pieces give interiors a one-of-a-kind look. Not something that can be easily/if ever recreated by anyone else. People like unique.
3. Mixed Metals
I know--this has been around for a while. But let's keep rollin' with it. Mixed metals in interiors give rooms warmth and character. It makes the room feel collected & unique. I practice this as much as possible with my design clients. There are no one metal finish per room rules anymore. Mixing brushed nickle, chrome, brass, bronze, gold, copper gives rooms dimension and layers. I try to personally stick to 2 maybe 3 metal finishes per room. By no means do you need/should use all of them. But let's keep the 2-3 mixed metal look going in 2014.
4. As for pattern of the year.... I'm going with herringbone.
I'm obsessed with it, I just hope it doesn't get over done like the chevrons/quadrefoil/damask of years past. Herringbone patterning has been around forever, but it feels like a fresh look for 2014.
Used as flooring, tile work, fabric...you name it, anything looks good in a herringbone pattern.
5. Color of the year...white. i know it was never not used ever.... but it seems beige and even gray walls are feeling a little "overdone" in the industry. But fresh white feels new again-- especially with all of the above mentioned elements.
So what do you think? Are you using any of the above in your home this year?