The year 2014 has ushered in a sense of optimism with a bright and vivid outlook for design trends. They’re all about yin and yang: pairing old and new with inspirations from abroad; coupling bright bold colors with soft pastels; mimicking the first blooms of the season; and mixing textures with bold decorative pieces to create an organic take on tradition.
Pantone Inc., the global color authority, has named Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue its colors for the year. Radiant Orchid is an expressive, creative and embracing purple with pink undertones. Dazzling Blue is a preppy shade of cobalt. Keep your eyes open for these colors in fashion as well as home and event designs.
Designers are seeing a renewed sense of optimism that comes from a steady growth in the economy. With it comes a design aesthetic I’m calling, “Opulence Within Reach.” It includes these features:
SCALE. When designing a space, look for oversized objects that respect the scale of the room. Eight-foot gilded mirrors, large architectural elements like fountains, columns and gates, giant picture frames or art installment can be used. These dramatic items create major impact and, more often than not, cost less than trying to fill the space with many smaller objects.
MIX AND MATCH. Try mixing gold and silver together as accents or even statement pieces. Combine textured fabrics like natural linens in beautiful tones with luxe accessories like mercury glass charger plates and crystal napkin rings. Try embellished fabrics, like those with intricate embroidery and beading, with minimalist accents of rusted metal candelabras or sleek glass cylinders.
FOCAL POINTS. Gone are the days of creating a bar from banquet tables and linen. Create bold focal points instead. Try custom-designed bars and bar backs to reinforce your design choices.
FLORALS. Incorporate several large floral statement pieces into your room instead of using grand centerpieces on the dining tables. Replace centerpieces with a more provocative tabletop design — an assortment of candles, decorative items and small floral touches, for example. Furniture rental companies have picked up on many of these trends and now stock accent pieces like ottomans, end tables, pillows and lamps that can add a pop of color to your overall design.
LIGHTING: First, make sure you budget this line item correctly. Then try one of my favorite lighting techniques: creating living wallpaper by using video mapping. This feature lets you design a room and wrap it in images/video that brings any theme to life. Imagine an under-the-sea party for which you project underwater footage around the room. Using oversized chandeliers or groups of chandeliers in a cluster is a great way to create impact. Think about positioning this treatment over a dance floor. Another useful tool/trend is to incorporate wireless battery-operated LED lighting into your designs. These programmable fixtures let you select from a spectrum of colors and even program a color change without having to run cables and power.
So whether you follow trends or set them, stay one step ahead of the competition by including fresh new ideas and a balanced vision. You’ll be sure to dazzle your clients and become an innovator yourself.
What design trends are you seeing for this year? What do you like, not like or want to amend? Please share your comments in the box below.