For handbags or shoes the concept of “in” or “out” for the New Year is manageable. But not all of us are blessed with the resources — or patience — to re-do our interiors every year. But for new homeowners or those of us sick of 2004’s look, here what’s hip for 2014.
Who says decadent interiors are the sole dominion of hotels? “In 2014 we’ll be seeing a much more dramatic and glamorous décor scheme. Black is the new white for wall colour as the glamorous home is now the trend,” begins interior decorator Maayan Schwartz of The Room Studio. Vintage items and one-offs are on the rise and bland white walls are on the wane, in order to achieve what Schwartz calls a “wow factor.” If black is a bit much, try grey according to TREE managing director Kate Babington. “Grey is becoming a new trend in fashion and international design and gives a feeling of luxury and class especially on walls and is the perfect backdrop for different modern contemporary designs.”
Indigo Living’s John McLennan agrees on the glamour factor, adding, “Mid-century style will continue to be strong with its strong colours and bold patterns, wood and dark metals. You’ll see vintage Hollywood/art deco elements coming through, dramatic silhouettes, darker furniture and bold moody fabrics. It’s all about Hollywood glamour.” And that glamour extends to plumbed rooms, where the home spa movement is in full swing. “Free-standing bathtubs as a design element as opposed to built in bathtubs,” are in this year says Monique Interiors’ Monique McLintock. “There is a growing trend for more spa-like bathrooms.” In the kitchen, “Glamorous large light fixtures instead of simple pendant lights, jewel-coloured cabinets, surfaces that look similar to semi-precious stones or copper,” will do the trick notes Natasha Grays Interiors’ Grays. Speaking of copper, another big story is the resurgence of metals — chiefly copper agree McLintock and Grays. “It’s a perfect way to add some warmth to metal finishes that otherwise feel cold and hard at times,” says McLintock.
There’s some style for geeks on the horizon too. According to Tequila Kola’s Managing Director Geoff Fuller, steam punk-inspired design is making inroads. “Inspired by New York in the 1920s, it’s industrial chic: Wood, metal, antiqued leather and industrial lighting.” Sticking with history, Fuller also sees flea market influenced vintage romance staking a claim on interiors. “Rich colours, nice velvets, opulence and a dash of decadence from yesteryear. The look is more feminine than masculine [where] Steam Punk is the opposite.” Grays also sees a move toward modern farmhouse styles, which is heavy on honey wood, natural skins, glass and steel.
Which is not to say there’s no room for the understated or the odd. “[Simplicity and minimalism] have been around for a number of years and will remain strong next year,” theorises McLintock. But mixed materials will also be on the radar. As McLennan sees it, interiors could include modern or traditional cut glass designs, “With added colour to make them more current in look and feel.” Schwartz agrees, pointing out similar concepts have emerged on fashion runways. “I think we’ll see a trend towards mix and match chameleon like décor … People are also opting for a more neutral base in which they can easily weave in the different style elements and also use stronger statement pieces.” In that vein, eclectic textiles (like corduroy) and colours and styles, “Flung together to get away from the matchy-matchy look,” are in adds Grays. And Babington agrees that bold patterns (that fit the space) for simple furniture will be an underlying theme, one that highlights clean design and natural materials.
On a prosaic note think U-sockets, simply a power socket with a USB port. “A big trend now is to add U-socket wall plugs for technology devices such as iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads,” stresses McLintock.
Finally, most agree that turquoise is the It colour for the year, but what would a survey be without a voice of healthy dissent. Babington cites the Pantone Colour Institute’s choice of radiant orchid for 2014. “Purple is an extremely vibrant colour so not for the faint hearted, though it does, of course, come in a variety of shades so you can also choose the one that suits your home. [It’s] complemented by olive, hunter greens, turquoise, teal, light yellow as well as grey.” Turquoise you say?