The Year’s Best Interior Trends
From specific paint treatments and accessories to overall styles and themes, there were a few choice movements in interiors this year that we fell head over heels for. Read on to see our favourite design trends from a strong year in design.
No longer destined to live the dive-bar lifestyle, neon signs have made their way onto the walls of beautifully styled dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms in homes across the globe. We love the unexpected, graphic look they inject into polished spaces, not to mention their warm and colourful glow.
Thanks to this year’s World Cup, all eyes were on Brazil and their laid-back, punchy vibe. We were particularly drawn to the architecture and interiors of the region and their casual, rustic beach house style full of bright white walls, worn woods, gauzy canopies, midcentury-influenced furnishings, and colourful art. Vacation, anyone?
From mud cloth to hand-beaded chairs, African and African-influenced décor is having a major moment in interiors. Feathered juju hats, shallow baskets, and zebra-motif rugs are nothing new on the interior scene but popularity is steadily growing for other unique exports like woven rattan chairs, kuba cloths, drum stools, Bamileke tables, and more.
Characterised by a cross between modern European lines and traditional Mexican materials and motifs, this emerging trend is quickly becoming a favourite of today’s design minds. Incorporate this style, simultaneously traditional and contemporary, into your home by looking for three major things: familiar shapes and lines with a twist, use of natural materials, and an emphasis on beautifully hand-crafted pieces.
Though white may reign supreme when it comes to kitchen cabinetry, this year we were drawn to the chic use of blue-grey paint in culinary spaces. From pale smoke with a hint of purple to deep blues with charcoal undertones, we were digging this modern look. To complement the colour, we recommend copper or brass hardware, classic white subway tiles, butcher block countertops, porcelain sinks, and marble accents.
Part Lichtenstein, part Mondrian, primary modernism is a bold and saturated look, characterised by clean lines with midcentury influences, and the use of saturated, primary colours. Neither stuffy nor sterile, these interiors are just plain fun. Bright-white backgrounds enable the furniture’s sleek lines and the design’s deep colours to take center stage.
An interior style comprised of contrasting elements, this look is casual and formal, raw and refined, and ultimately, entirely chic. Elegant lines harmonize with rough, rustic surfaces to create a perfectly unpolished look. Original stone fireplace not required—but it certainly helps.
At once adding a dose of history, charm, whimsy, and sophistication to your home with a single item, vintage oil portraits are a unique way to add wisdom to modern interiors. The unexpected juxtaposition of traditional art with contemporary pieces feels fresh and inspired, and we love the dose of history a vintage piece in an elaborate frame brings to new homes.
Light and bright with classic furniture and cosy accents, the Nordic look is all the rage the world over. Inspired by the region’s long, dark winters, this décor seeks to keep the indoors bright and serene while the area’s cutting-edge design scene brings streamlined product into the mix.
Which was your favourite interior trend of 2014? Share with us in the comments!