Interior Design Trends of 2014


Are you thinking about updating the look of your home? A few simple changes can bring life to familiar spaces. Today’s looks are all about creating dramatic impact, making a bold statement and more inviting interiors than ever before. I have gathered some of the most prominent trends to try – sophisticated and classic designs.

SATURATED COLORS Forget neutrals for now. Think of deeply saturated color like navy and plum. In fact, navy is the new neutral for its ability to blend with other colors and styles. If you’re apprehensive, first try it on a throw pillow or table runner; then you can add a navy sofa or bedspread or paint the walls.

RICH FABRICS Instead of woven textures of cotton and linen, think of luxurious velvets, sumptuous suede and textured corduroy. Fabrics that are sophisticated yet durable and can hold up to the darker color schemes.

MODERN WITH CLASSIC PATTERNS Floral patterns are in. Use a bold approach and mix patterns in a new way. Look for funky takes on classic chintz and toile for a fresh look

HIGH STYLE AT LOW PRICES Thanks to retail innovations, custom design trends are affordable. Stores like Target highlight famous designers to provide affordable trends to the masses.

NO MORE MATCHY/MATCHY Harmonious colors don’t have to match and the same is true for pattern finishes. Bring different colors, textures and finishes into your space.

THINK OUTSIDE THE STYLE BOX No longer place styles in fixed categories like traditional, rustic or country. The 2014 home represents an eclectic mix of styles. Pick items that speak to you individually.

MEANINGFUL ACCESSORIES Less is more when it comes to decorative objects displayed in the home. Leave behind kitschy and purposeless accessories. Choose objects, artwork and photos with personal significance.

SCULPTURAL ARTWORK Branch out beyond framed prints. Sculptural pieces add dimension to your walls. Arrange a collection of materials and textures like horn, felt and ceramic for unique focal points.

NATURAL ELEMENTS Use natural materials for fabrics, furnishings and wall art. Cowhide is hot.

LIGHT-TONED WOOD Caramel and honey-toned wood is back. The softer look blends with any design style and keeps furniture from feeling heavy.


About Karen Carpino

Karen Carpino is an interior designer and founder of Chicago-based Karen Carpino Design. A professionally registered interior designer with over 25 years of experience, Ms. Carpino's clientele includes both residential and commercial projects. She brings you techniques, trends and tips in “Style At Home.”