One of the things I like most about working in the field of interior design is that everything is always changing. There are so many wonderful new things to share. No two clients or projects are ever the same, and imagination is unlimited. While there are many emerging or continuing trends to talk about, I am going to address the seven that I feel have the strongest influence in the world of interior decorating and home fashions. I know I say it over and over again, but here we go: just because something is a trend does not mean it works for you! Much like women’s clothing fashions, you should incorporate what feels and looks good to you!
You have already seen my posts on the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. This vibrant hue continues to gain attention. I used a subdued version of this hue as an accent color in the master bedroom suite I designed for the Roswell Woman’s Club Homes of Distinction Show House in The Manor, Milton, GA.
It is a combination of bright fuchsia and purple, and is best used sparingly for most rooms in the home.
While there are many colors noted in the image here that are popular this spring, I will just touch upon a few that I am seeing the most in the interior design industry and home furnishings.
Dazzling Blue is a fabulous color that lands somewhere between the shades of the azure waters of the Caribbean and a deep indigo. It can be used quite nicely in a classic blue and white combination or with shades of orange for a livelier mood.
Soft Pastels are trending this spring, and are in complete contrast with some of the brighter palettes we are seeing. These shades are light, delicate and almost translucent; picture a pearl veiled in chiffon and you will get the idea. This trend speaks toward simplicity, balance and softness. When using this type of color scheme in your home, it is important to introduce different textures and layers of color to keep it from looking bland or washed out.
Bright Citrus Tones such as tangerine, kiwi green, raspberry sorbet and lemon yellow are for those who like a livelier, more energetic environment. They can also be used sparingly in an otherwise neutral color scheme by adding throw pillows or accent pieces in any one or a combination of these colors. These shades evoke a tropical feeling, and can give your mood a lift on a cold, gray, wintry day.
Gray remains the neutral of choice, but you must be careful not to overdo this subdued color. It requires the use of different textures and accent colors to keep from creating a dull, lifeless, cold interior environment. It pairs very well with radiant orchid as well as splashes of the brighter citrus shades. I like using it with undertones of warmer taupe shades to keep it from feeling too cool.
Black & White is a classic combination that never goes out of style, but has become more toned down in interior decorating. Instead of being a harsh shade of black, I am seeing it appear in more deep charcoal shades. Again, this is a great combination, but be careful not to overdo. It requires considerable thought to pull this off successfully in your home.