In this article Design Contract will delve into what we believe will be the heavy hitting trends in interior design in 2014. Admittedly, some of these ideas are not ‘fresh’ in the literal sense of the word, some are, but as with anything, ‘there’s a time and a place for everything under the sun’, so here’s what Design Contract believe will shine in 2014. Professional architects and interior designers should not just take our word for it, take a look at the Google trends graphs for all of the trends and you’ll see that they are on the up!

Modern Ethnic 

Modernized ethnic fabrics and patterns, upholstery and colour-intense prints look like they will be a popular trend this year. Adding a fresh pizazz to your home from far off exotic lands inspired design furniture like Fendi Casa or Brabbu can break up boring bland interiors and if authentic, can be fantastic conversational pieces. So if you see a cushion, print or covering which is oozing with culture this year; don’t shy away.

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Fendi Casa “Kate” armchair

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Brabbu “Eanda” bar chair 

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Timeless Beige

Beige is one of those color palettes which has been a favourite for years. It is a safe color, it’s timeless and it works well as a base color for exciting plashes of color accents. It doesn’t have the edge it once has and its popularity has been waning over the past few years. I as well as countless other designers share the sentiment that the popularity of beige will continue in its demise. It’s one of those which will stay around in some form of strength but it’s lost its lustre. This year we will see a continuation of the unwinding of a strong but sterile trend in lightning goods and furniture of top brands like Armani Casa and Brabbu.

Armani Casa “Emme” floor lamp

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Brabbu “Hopi” armchair

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4. Brass is Class

Brass has the ability to look ludicrously luscious or tantalizingly tacky. A number of years back I was taken around a designers showroom in China who specialised in brass-ware; it looked tacky and clichéd. It’s important to inspect designs which are executed poorly, to determine what mistakes to avoid. When done right, brass looks classy, it’s timeless, it’s also a trend which has been gathering steam over the past year. In 2014 we foresee a rise in the popularity of brass, particularly in the kitchen, lightning, upholstery finishes like in this bar stool “Mohawk” from Brabbu and even bold brass bathtubs (as per the image below), lamp stands and other ornamental pieces.

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Glamour

This is all about creating mood. Huge expanses of plain white, lifeless walls will be replaced with interest, mood and character. Think daring and valorous, making a statement with every element of the design. Interesting and metallic accessories will be the perfect accompaniment; supplementing, complimenting and adding to the glam like Koket’s “Mistress” sofa or Christian Dior sofa from 2014 “Resort collection”. A weaker trend for 2014, but still growing at an increasing rate.

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Christian Dior “Resort collection”

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This is one of those very specific trend predictions that is far from vague and generalized. We are seeing them on the cat walks, design, prints and home design exhibitions. Whatever it is about this delicious delectable treat; it’s made it onto our tables in a different form which certainly isn’t edible. Keep your eyes open in 2014 for this trend – it will be restricted in it’s scope, but a feisty one nonetheless. Take a look at the adorable in vogue pieces below.

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Fendi Casa “Regina” coffe table 

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Design Contract will continue to share with you fantastic ideas for your office design, interior design, corporate interior design (see article “10 Best hospitality design projects: Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners” here), commercial interior design, luxury hotel design (see article “Luxury Hotel Design- International Hotel Awards Winner Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow” here), top design events (see article “North America’s Premier Show- Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014. Best exhibitors”) and best design projects (see article “The 2014 Architectural Digest 100 top talents in architecture and interior design” here). Don’t forget to subscribe this blog and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.