Keeping up with the world of interior design can be just as in-depth as following trends in fashion, film, and pop culture. The way people are living and the spaces we’re putting ourselves in is what sets the current trend. A focus has been shifted to making more use of smaller spaces and clever use of colors and patterns. Although we could spend days looking at all the various trends that are popular in 2014, let’s focus on what we believe are 7 of the most exciting trends that you’ll find in both furniture and interior design.
1. Vintage-Style Furniture
The desire for vintage furniture appeals to both nostalgic factors and to the idea of having a smaller impact on the environment. With a vintage style, the appearance or actuality of handed down items provides a sense of comfort and history within your home. This shows support to hand-made craftsmanship instead of factory built assembly line products.
As cities expand and people are renting apartments in larger metropolitan areas, it is becoming more important to maximize the use of smaller square footages. An important aspect of this is multifunctional furniture. Having extra storage space as part of your bed or dining room table makes up for the lack of closet space.
This trend also applies to a lot of new constructions of homes. Architects are trying to maximize space as well and will sometimes provide smaller bonus rooms or attic spaces that homeowners may be uncertain what to do with. Finding clever ways to make these rooms into fun reading areas, guest rooms, etc can be achieved with a little work.
3. Creative Textures
Texture can be used in very subtle ways or very outgoing ways to provide a personality to your room. The trend in 2014 with textures is using established materials in creative ways. For example, you could craft your wall from strategically placed shapes of concrete to create a modern contemporary look. With sites like Pinterest inspiring home-made projects, textures like felt are going to become more popular. Felt is very easy to work with and can be cut and stitched in a countless amount of ways.
When your guests walk into your home, you want them to look at each design choice as a representation of yourself. The always increasing popularity of custom-built furniture provides you with that opportunity. Although it was unique at first, IKEA furniture has been losing some of its impact once you realized that at least three of your friends have that same one-of-a-kind lamp in their living room. However interesting the wall art available at Target might be, you know these are mass-produced with the appearance of personalization.
Having custom-made furniture gives you the personalization of the color, the patterns, and the shape of your pieces. Designing your furniture and layout around your own functionality is the highest form of personalization. Working with a smaller contractor guarantees a personalized touch not only to the finished products but to the entire design process itself.
5. Cool Colored Walls
Almost giving a nod to the 80’s, blush tones are becoming a very popular trend in 2014. The important difference is that these cooler colors are being paired with items of a more masculine tone. These ultra pale colors combine with accessories made of wood, leather, or brick for an unobtrusive yet stylish appearance. The blank canvas feel of white walls and furniture fits into this category. However it is important to stay away from an “unfinished” feel that an all white gives to some people.
6. Strong Colored Furniture
While the walls are becoming whisper soft, furniture is taking a bolder step in the realm of color. A couple of years it became very popular to see brightly colored furniture decorating office space waiting rooms and creative lounges. Now people are bringing these designs into their own homes. The house with the red door on the block no longer carries the mystique it once did. But the house with the red couch is something a bit more bold that your guests will remember.
7. Reduced Priority of “Matching”
As expressed by looking at the last couple trends in our list, the texture or color of your furniture does not need to match the walls directly to create the harmonious feeling you desire. It is possible to introduce several different patterns within your design and still maintain a cohesive vibe. Allow yourself to explore beyond the normal creative boundaries. The room you are designing does not have to be described in one word like “rustic” or “traditional.” Making choices based on your individual inspirations will help avoid making your design look like a carbon copy from a catalogue.
These popular trends in interior design or meant to be used as a helpful tool in making decisions for your next project. There is no definitive guide to making the best choices because it all depends on you as an individual. With some time and research you will find what makes you most comfortable and excited.