Last week I looked at Pantone’s Colour of 2014, Radiant Orchid. This shade is certain to feature in the most up-to-the-minute interiors this year. But how about the top interior design trends in materials, finishes, features and colour schemes?
1. Brass and Copper
Shiny silver finishes are ancient history. Brass and copper are where it’s at in 2014. These warmer, softer metallic hues are best used as accents to highlight this year’s au-courant tropical colour trends. These shades aren’t just for actual metal – they’re appearing on velvets and linens, which work beautifully as upholstery coverings.
2. Teal and Turquoise
These close cousin colours have been catwalk favourites in recent runway shows. Also, Dulux chose a flatter teal shade, “Sea Urchin”, as its 2014 colour of the year. These appealing shades are easy to work with, and lend themselves ideally to combine with Pantone’s Radiant Orchid. Pair with bright lemon yellows for a invigorating mix that’s ideal for kitchens. For bedrooms, choose a muted, green-weighted shade of teal to promote calm and relaxation. Teal and turquoise are also the perfect colour partnership with this year’s trends in pattern and print…
3. Bold, Tropical Leaf Patterns
Mixing these patterns and prints is the trend for this year – don’t be afraid to break the rules a little, and don’t be too matchy. Along with bold, tropical prints, Tropicana accessories, sometimes displayed with a hint of irony, are all the rage. Think pink flamingos, and palms. Actual tropical houseplants are the ideal way to introduce this trend with speed and style.
4. Lighter Wood Colours
Saying goodbye to dark woods and coffee-colours, 2014 welcomes in lighter woods. The key factor here is that woods sport a natural, unstained finish – simply protecting the exterior with wax allows the natural colour and appeal of the wood to shine through. Oaks and pines are the ideal choices to work this trend.
5. Platinum Wall Shades
As much as bold, tropical shades may be in style, for larger, more neutral backdrop areas, platinum is this year’s updated, more sophisticated alternative to grey or taupe. Platinum is often portrayed as just another kind of silver colour, but 2014’s interiors platinum is a definite warm shade that’s characterised by grey/silver with a hint of chocolate. This season’s platinum also works excellently as a fabrics colour, to mix, match and layer with subtle brass and copper-toned upholstery.