2014 Interior Design Industry Trends/Forecast: Colors & Finishes

Happy New Year to you and your families! Here are a few Industry Trends and my own forecasts to help you kick off the new year in style.

The Pantone Color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Using this color as an accent is a more realistic approach, then say, blanketing your walls with it.

 
Pantone Color of the Year - 2014 is Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year - 2014 is Radiant Orchid

 

Beautiful blues, purples and grays will be seen in interiors more frequently throughout 2014. As a matter of fact, in two of my more recent projects, my clients were looking for a fresh approach to some of their spaces and wanted to use a palette that was new and quite different from what were previous “go-tos” in their repertoire. So, I customized a Vanity Stool with a velvet cushion (Robert Allen Pattern: Savoy; Color: Thistle) accented by piping and a skirt in Beacon Hill’s Pennyan Stripe in Lilac Green for a master bedroom vanity. Another one of my favorite projects included a sofa with a linen Heathered Plum fabric.

And, if any of you are fans of Downton Abbey . . .  Lady Mary was seen wearing these beautiful tones in the season premiere . The costumers are most likely representing her return to ‘life’.

 
Lady Mary wearing Heathered Plum

Lady Mary wearing Heathered Plum

 

Benjamin Moore Paints selected "Breath of Fresh Air (806)" as their color of the year and introduced a harmonized palette containing some deeper hues and what they are calling their "new neutrals" - lighter, yet not in the true pastel spectrum. These palettes could be terrific in a new kitchen or a bedroom space.

Benjamin Moore Color of 2014 - Breath of Fresh Air with complimentary palette

Benjamin Moore Color of 2014 - Breath of Fresh Air with complimentary palette

Benjamin Moore Color of 2014 - Breath of Fresh Air with complimentary palette

Benjamin Moore Color of 2014 - Breath of Fresh Air with complimentary palette

For finishes, wallcoverings are getting a makeover with the use of textural, naturalistic materials like printed wood veneer papers. Some of these coverings will lend themselves nicely to transitional or traditional interior styles, while others - the ones that have a more graphic/geometric style - will be well-suited for a more contemporary look. Click on these links to see some beautiful, very usable examples of these from Maya Romanoff and Trove.

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Brass is a finish that is making a strong comeback. I see manufacturers increasing their use of brass in lighting and hardware (cabinet knobs and pulls, etc), too.