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6 Leading Style Experts on Must-Have Decor for 2014

Posted by Grace Toby Friday, January 3, 2014 12:16 PM EST


Velvet, modern chinoiserie, and handcrafted pieces are just some of the design dos that will be trending this year. Here, 6 style experts from leading home retailers to tell us what’s in for 2014. 


Arren Williams, Creative Director, Home Fashions, HBC


“Tonal colour palettes, texture and layering are key for 2014”, says Arren Williams from HBC. “Look for quilting, woven jacquards, linen weaves and washed-out finishes to create this look in the bedroom -- it’s easy on the eye, relaxed, comfortable and eclectic.


Vanessa Holden, Creative Director, West Elm

Trends-2014-West-Elm_Steven-Alan-CollectionWest Elm mood board

“Lots of colour - we are referring to this season as “living in colour,” says Vanessa Holden from West Elm. ”We want to help people expand their colour inventory and figure out what they respond to best. I am feeling really excited about coral for spring next year.” Also, the handcrafted element is important. “Our customer wants to know the backstory of what they are buying. They want to be able to connect the dots from who made the product and what inspired them to how it was made. In spring, you will see this played out in a variety of categories from our collaboration with fashion designer, Steven Alan, to decorative accessories and rugs.”


Alicia Zoffranieri, Design Spokesperson, Ikea

Ikea Stockholm sofa


“A big trend that has emerged is mixing luxurious materials like velvet with raw, natural wood, and our new Stockholm collection is a great example with soft velvet seating and structured dining pieces in walnut, says Alicia Zoffranieri from Ikea.

“Citrus colours are important for any room whether it’s emerald green or a fresh yellow, introducing these tones brightens up any space. Textiles are an easy way to infuse any room with a splash of citrus. “

“Also, there is shift to taking a very classic piece, such as a wing back chair, and updating it with more sculpted lines.“


Sarah Cole, Director, Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball


At Farrow and Ball, Director Sarah Cole, feels that this year’s colour palette is about getting us back in touch with nature. The, hues are gathered from either the seashore or the landscape, making them easier to use while creating a quietly stylish but ultimately comfortable home. Cole highlights these four shades specifically from Farrow and Ball: Cooking Apple Green, Stiffkey Blue, Purbeck Stone and Mole’s Breath.

Cole says, “Strong pinks like Pantone’s radiant orchid, can be challenging, as they can often feel sweet and sugary. Our new true pink, Nancy’s Blushes is made with a little black giving it a pared back appearance suited to contemporary living.“ “You can use this hue on all four walls with Dead Salmon or Tanner’s Brown on woodwork for a more masculine appearance, and it makes perfect accent colour for neutral schemes, so try painting chairs with it.”


Tamara Robbins Griffith, HomeSense

HomeSense moodboard


“When January hits, everyone wants to get organized and I think this is happening in a much more visible way, in all rooms of the home, and specifically in the bedroom.” “Open closets with no doors are happening more as we are taking pride in curated wardrobes, and we want to show our designers’ finds and unique accessories. We now have access to beautiful storage baskets and boxes so our objects don't need to be hidden away. Gone are the days when those storage accents were purely utilitarian,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith from HomeSense.

“The palette of the season is deep indigo combined with aqua, coral, white and smoky grey. The patterns are vibrant and geometric and it is de rigeur to add hefty doses of jute, wood, sisal and rustic metals like galvanized zinc to complete the look. We're going to see a lot of chalkboard details as well as painted metal,
both in accessories and seating.”

“Modern Chinoiserie, from classic Chinoiserie patterns in updated brights to tons of faux - and real - bamboo is a bold, yet feminine look. Ginger jars are part of this trend, as well as Watercolour patterns (floral, Chinoiserie, toile and ombre). We'll see a strong Eastern influence when it comes to shape, as well as lots of highly lacquered trays and decorativeaccents.”

“Anything retro and nostalgic is super hot, with a strong focus on mid-century modern style.”



Sarah Gunn, DIY Design Expert

ABC Carpet and Home


Design expert, Sarah Gunn, says, “ As evident by the Pantone colour of the year, I think people are starting to banish the beige and embracing more colour in their homes. I can't wait to encourage clients to add colour in creative and meaningful ways.”

Colour can be introduced in so many ways, such as through the use of abstract art, patterned throw pillows and rugs, or paint. For those who want to ease into embracing colour, why not introduce it in a smaller way with kitchen accessories? Companies like SodaStream offer a fun colour selection with their machines and bottles.”

I love the idea of painting a piece of vintage furniture in a happy colour to brighten a room, whether it's a desk chair or a sideboard, it will add some happy to a space. And it's so easy to do.”

Topics: Trends, Trends 2014, Radiant Orchid, Pantone, Colour, Decor, Style, Experts, Shopping, Furniture, Advice, Tips


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