Out With the Old, In With the New?

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, 
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, 
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
Ellen Goodman

As I've perused design magazines, websites and blogs, I've compiled a list of the most common IN'S and OUT'S interior design trends for 2014.

Keep in mind that there are differences between a trend and a fad. Trends point toward a certain direction (neutral colors, indoor-outdoor spaces) and evolve over time. Fads, on the other hand, are short-lived (antlers, word decor) and are popular for a brief amount of time.

I've always been a bit leery of interior design professionals who scream Like This! and Don't Like That!, and I tend to take their opinions with a grain of salt. However, there are several common threads amongst the various design experts. Not that I agree with all of them, but I've listed them here:

OUT for 2014
Top left: Stacked books, woodland creatures, antlers. Top right: Distressed furniture. Middle right: Word art.
Bottom left: Ikat print. Bottom middle: Stacked books. Bottom right: Industrial furniture.
OUT for 2014
  1. Ikat prints
  2. Lattice geometric patterns
  3. Antlers
  4. All-white kitchens
  5. Word decor and accessories
  6. Woodland creatures such as birds, owls, foxes, and deer
  7. Stacks of books used as décor
  8. The color grey
  9. Burlap fabric
  10. Distressed furniture
  11. Granite countertops
  12. Industrial furniture
  13. Ombre
  14. Stainless steel appliances
  15. Gallery walls
IN for 2014
Top left: Neutral colors with indigo accents. Top middle: Brass accessories. Top right: White oak floor.
Middle left: Geode hardware. Bottom left: Quartz countertop. Bottom right: Vintage modern with turquoise accents.

IN for 2014
  1. Gold, Brass and Copper
  2. Turquoise
  3. Modern vintage
  4. Light woods and knotty woods
  5. Geodes and quartz accessories
  6. Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings
  7. Window sheers
  8. Corduroy upholstery
  9. Venetian marbled-paper prints
  10. Deco hues such as bright yellow and indigo
  11. Neutral colors
  12. The open concept kitchen
  13. Space designed with aging users in mind
  14. Quartz countertops
  15. Indoor-outdoor spaces
As always, stay tuned...


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