The hottest trend color for 2014 is Blue. According to the Color Trend experts at Pantone this means ‘Dazzling Blue’, Pantone’s cobalt #18-3949 and ‘Placid Blue’ a soft and inviting pastel #15-3920. The designers at Beasley & Henley Interior Design enthusiastically agree.
Blue has never gone out of style, but like many colors it ebbs and flows in popularity.
Blues in general are a perennial favorite, often referred to as ‘a pocket-sized vacation of sea and sky’. According to psychologists who explore the intricate interaction of color, behavior and mood, blue’s basic emotional valence is calmness and open-endedness, in contrast to the aggression associated with colors such as red. People associate blues with the positive characteristics of wisdom, loyalty and trust.
In home design, Blues will be seen in fabrics, lighting, wall colors, lacquered finishes and much more. In additional, they will make glamorous statements in focal piece chandeliers and rugs. Placid Blue fabrics can be matched easily with complementary colors such as yellow and white.
5 Top Home Trends for 2014
The influence for the 5 Top Home Trends for 2014 were also seen on the Runways at the recent New York Fashion Week. Fashion and Interior Design correlate so beautifully, we love to see how they inspire and mimic each other!
1.) Asian Influences
The history and power of Asian influences in the design world is long standing. Bold Eastern inspired fabrics were spotted on the runways and are taking shape in interior designer living spaces around the country. Layering with color, pattern and texture is easy and fun to do with this exotic trend as Designer Amy Lau shows below.
2.) Graphic Black and White
Black and White in geometric shapes takes the simple color combination to a different level. Artwork and accessories help make this trend fun and unique instead of boring and overdone. Try artwork with bold geometric shapes, vases, pillows, rugs, the opportunities are endless!
3.) Architectural White
Just as a crisp, white structured button up allures a sense of class and style, so does a sleek minimal white kitchen as seen in the picture below by Palm Beach designer David Piscuskas. As we saw in last weeks post, in the kitchen is especially where we’ll see this trend occur!
4.) Pastel Tones
All of next year’s color trends come together here for a trend of its own! Pastel pinks, purples, blues and greens look great by themselves or together as you can see in the picture below by designer Gene Meyer! A happy spring feeling is a great choice for an entryway in the home of a chic bachelorette.
5.) Fun Fringe
Fun and Fringe go together like PB&J. Try incorporating the look in small amounts at home like this Turkish fringe rug by designer Christopher Gow, or pillows for the right amount of texture without overwhelming the space.
Top 5 Kitchen Trends for 2014
Check out the Top 5 kitchen trends for 2014! I have a feeling these trends will be around for a long time. They are great ideas to integrate into your existing kitchen!
Modern and warm, it’s the best of both worlds. You can play around with textures and materials in your kitchen with cabinets and countertops as seen in the picture below and really create dramatic contrasts!
This white ceramic tile has a traditional look to it that mixes well with contemporary/modern kitchen styles as well. Because of its versatility I don’t see this trend going away anytime soon.
Marble, especially white, makes for a strikingly beautiful countertop. It adds a bit of unexpected visual texture to a kitchen.
It seems like mismatching elements are becoming more and more popular in all kinds of design, including kitchens! As you can see in the picture, using a lighter color for the upper cabinets creates a more spacious look and keeps the design interesting.
Mixing cabinets with open shelving or having only open shelving can make a small kitchen appear larger. This clean look is a great way to be creative with displaying your items.
If you are anything like me, you are excited to see the new Pantone top Trend colors that are projected to be HOT for 2014. I also love to see the creative names that go with them!
1. HEMLOCK Pantone 15-6114
Hemlock is a beautiful shade more commonly known as Mint Green. In the pastel family, it goes great with other pastels and is versatile with bold colors as well. I love mint green with gold accents and punches of coral. It’s an unexpected mix of colors that will have people intrigued.F
2.CAYENNE Pantone 18-1651
Cayenne is a rich BOLD color that adds instant happiness to a room! A little goes a long way. Cayenne and would make a great feature wall to accent colors such as stark White, shades of Grey and Teal.
3. PLACID BLUE Pantone 15-3920
Placid Blue is a blue pastel with a kick. It has a richer hue than light blue but still emits a sense of serenity in a room. Bedrooms and bathrooms are the most common areas of a home to use this color but don’t be afraid to bring it in to other areas such as the family/living room.
4. FREESIA Pantone 14-0852
Freesia is definitely the brightest color of 2014! Lighter shades of Yellow are a great color for kitchens, bathrooms and common areas, but a shade such as bright as Freesia would be best used as an accent color and will still have a great impact. Accessories, a chair, throw pillows and drapery are great for adding this color into a room.
5. PALOMA Pantone 16-0000
This soft neutral Grey will go with just about everything and can stand on its own just as well. In my home, I have grey walls with pops of color in my furniture and accessories. If I get tired of a color, I can easily swap out an accessory, piece of artwork, etc. It’s a sophisticated color that is plays well with others.
It is eerie, but beautiful at the same time.
If you are tired of having a carbon copy version of your neighbor’s Halloween décor and want something uniquely spooky way this year for Halloween – you have to check out this out!
The sculptures are made of chicken wire. You can find the easy step by step guide at www.diynetwork.com/how-to/halloween-decoations-how-to-make-human-size-ghosts/index.html. The sculptures may look intricate and expensive, but they are relatively cheap. All you need is chicken wire, small bolt cutters, tension wire, steel snips and zip ties. If you happen to have a head sculpture lying around :) you can use it to form the head.
If you want to take it a step further you can use cheese cloth to enhance the look of your figures. Drape the cheesecloth over the form and spray it with starch. While it is wet, gently pip up areas of the fabric and sculpt it. You will get a mercurial effect this way. Don’t forget to let it dry for about 20 minutes before lightly spraying it again.
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