Decorating your home in 2014: the colour trends

A new year brings the perfect excuse to refresh your home’s interior. After all, it’s bound to host dinner parties, amuse children or grandchildren, and be the centre of your day-to-day life. Fortunately, we have four superb colour trends to inspire you.

Blush

This masculine meets feminine theme contrasts whisper-soft, powdery pinks and delicate, fleshy nudes with darker, masculine tones, such as rich plums. While this creates a mysterious romance, hints of mint green provide a balance and dreamlike quality.
Playing on these gender roles, you’ll see materials that are luxurious to the touch – think smooth sheens of silk, pearl and iridescent surfaces, countered with the masculine nature of appliqué and perforated, punctured leathers.

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Ethereal

This theme has a natural feel to it, with a futuristic twist. It draws a parallel between landscapes and structures of the natural world, with a slightly earthy, manmade feel. Cold, icy blues are offset by warmer, neutral tones, capturing an otherworldly, somewhat alien and atmospheric feel.

Materials take inspiration from crystalised structures and replicated, transparent layers. You’ll also see iridescent, illusionary aesthetics and nature’s geometry in soft furnishings. When 3D printing becomes commonplace, expect to see it used in line with this trend.

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Grid

Inspired by the ever-growing sense that our lives are documented, regulated and are under surveillance, this colour theme is structured but energetic.

Systematic, linear grids with flat greys form a regulated base, with bleeds of colour oozing through – think electric blue, orange, green and glossy black. Fabrics are playful with pattern and make use of contrasting materials, including high gloss and metallic. You’ll also see manmade qualities in the fabrics, such as etching into plastic.

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Empire

The medieval era is reborn. Bold, regal jewel colours with bright twists and hints of metallic are big in 2014. Taking inspiration from banquets, jesters other occasions from the time period, this theme celebrates togetherness and belonging to a collective. Rich, vivid colours celebrate identity and confidence, making a statement wherever they’re used.

Materials embrace traditional techniques of weaving, tapestry and engraving, alluding to heritage and tradition. Timeworn effects are prominent, with burnished heat-treated surfaces, grainy, rough textures and antique gold adding character and personality.

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For inspiration on how to incorporate these trends into your own home, visit our Pinterest Board.

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