Trendspotting

Type “2014 interior trends” into Google search and you are likely to be confronted with thousands of posts on the topic. That’s all well and good, but how do you know which trend to follow, which is right or wrong?! (#Deercaughtintheheadlights!)

Remember, trends are not rules, they are merely a guideline intended to inspire and ignite us…

With that in mind, here is our StylEast compilation of top trends that we think will dominate interiors this year.

1. Dark Accent Walls

If you have seen any of our work, you will know we are not afraid of painting walls in dark, stormy colours.   Move over non-discript neutrals, this year it is all about drama and glamour! And nothing says that more than a charcoal wall.

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2.The Moody blues

We are obsessed with dark navy blue hues. Radiant Orchard (Purple) may be the Pantone Colour of the Year, but as far as we (and other trendsetters out there) are concerned, this year is all about Blue! Many magazines and articles are featuring Blue as their color of the year, especially in combination with White.   We however, are edging towards the darker side of the colour palette.  Navy, Inky Blue, Petrol Blue, Indigo..whatever you want to call it, it’s all about moody, rich, saturated colour.

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3. Innovative combinations

Think lots and lots of layering, both with materials and textures. This is one of our StylEast top tricks. We love mixing different timbers, metals and fabrics for a rich and interesting space.

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4. It’s all about Detail

This year we predict a move away from Minimalism.   Products and interiors will have more interest and special touches….. it’s not about simple lines or hard edges anymore, but about attention to detail.

Beautiful joins and edgings in timber furniture, stitching details in upholstery…. You get the picture!

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5. Chevron

Yes, we are still in love with Geometrics, and it seems we are not alone as our friends at House and Leisure have also got Chevron on their radar. Check out their article on page 54 of the January issue

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6. Copper

Metallic’s are still going to be hot this year, especially Copper. This metal is sexy, bold, and depending on what is paired with, can look either masculine or feminine.  Again refer to the January Issue of H&L, they have a gorgeous storyboard of the metal in combination with pink!

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7. Feminine Curves

We said it many times before on this blog: fashion and interiors go hand in hand! On the runway, this season is all about the hourglass figure as fashion celebrates feminine curves with fitted bodices and cinched in waists to show off that rocking body. Interiors and furniture are following suit.  Ooh la la!

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8. Sheer Curtains

We just love sheer curtaining, and use them all the time in our StylEast interiors. There is something very contemporary and fresh about them, yet soft and subtle.   Gone are heavy drapes in Silk and Taffeta with fussy details, we are predicting a move towards the sheer; whether in a linen texture or soft voile. We came across this great description of a sheer curtain on the Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com) …”It’s like a bra peeking through a shirt”.. A designer bra at that!

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9. Lanterns

We are seeing lanterns everywhere! In glass, bamboo, timber, reclaimed timber, stainless steel, copper, large, small…. you name it! Whatever shape, size or material, it is THE way to light up your outside/inside area and create a subtle summer glow.

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 10. Personalisation: (The Anti trend)

Lastly, thanks to Twitter, Facebook and the Blogosphere, the lifespan of a trend has been dramatically reduced…… we are all a little over-exposed. We think that personalization will be huge this year with a movement away from ‘trends’ and more towards unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. People are wanting their homes to reflect a more unique perspective so are in search of more meaningful, special items.

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Happy New Year. May it be a successful, creative, stylish and beautiful one for us all!