Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ins and Outs in Interior Design 2014

Trends in design and home furnishings are almost as volatile as those in fashion.  What bubbles up one day for the super trendy catches on and is mainstream within a year, and then by the next year is out of style again for a decade.  If you have any interest in what's "on the bubble" of new style for your home, and what is already played-out and cliche, check out Wall Street Journal's roundup of what is in and out for home or office decorating for the coming year.

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Wall Street Journal

Link to article:
Top Ten Interior Design Trends for 2014

Excerpt: "IN:
1. Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings:' It's sculpture for your wall that adds texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can't afford,' said Ms. Burnham. 'And we haven't seen it since the 1970s. I think it's time.' Early adopters include the Ace Hotel chain and architect Barbara Bestor.
2. Window sheers: The popularity of heavy drapes is drooping. 'Everyone wants greater transparency and more light,' observed New York designer Celerie Kemble. And 'sheers are no longer granny-ish and polyester,' said Los Angeles designer Kim Alexandriuk. 'The new ones in linen and wool look rich.' For her part, Ms. Showers is partial to'limousine cloth, a sheer wool voile,' while Ms. Burnham dresses up sheer panels with inverted box pleats 'for a more tailored, masculine look.'
3. Corduroy upholstery: 'It's the casual alternative to velvet and the preppy version of chenille,' said Ms. Burnham, whose library sofa is olive-green corduroy. Mr. Harte, who used Etro's 'hip and vibrant' purple corduroy on a gold-leafed bergère, is also a fan: 'It looks really cool on formal chairs.' The wider the wale, the gutsier the statement.
4. Venetian marbled-paper prints: Found on the end papers of old books, these intricately swoopy patterns evoke 'the romanticism of a bygone, pre-digital era,' said Mr. Wood. Mr. Bullard noted that the prints are seeing a renaissance on 'everything from the chicest of wallpaper to finely silk-screened linens and gold-leafed porcelain.'
5. Deco hues: Color has been nudging gray and greige out of the picture, but, for many decorators, bright primary shades can still feel uncouth. 'My favorite palette is anything muted and Deco-inspired: rose quartz, amethyst, topaz, olive, whiskey and raisin,' said Los Angeles designer Michael Berman. 'Colors that appear to be filtered through smoke and sunlight.' One exception: Several designers expressed a creeping fondness for hits of acid yellow, especially to jolt an otherwise mellow color scheme."

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