Hot Mini Trends To Incorporate Into Your Home

Trends in home decor for the coming year are giving us a bit of variety to work with compared to previous years. Instead of wide-sweeping looks, we're seeing unique shapes, colour combinations and small details that anyone can incorporate into their homes, says Andrea Ford. Overall, we're seeing a nod to the shapes and handiwork of the 70s, taking the edge off modern boxiness and a new play on pattern with many trendy details. In a series of three three vignetts, Andrea shows us how to incorporate these mini trends into our home.

The New Geometric

Sources: paint, Para Guy's Night p5248-73; chair, IKEA; side table, lamp, blanket, West Elm; triangle tray and grey triangle blanket, Ferm Living; lanterns and rugs, HomeSense

Often we associate geometric prints with a modern style, but we're seeing more and more traditional spaces having fun with pattern in fresh ways.

Wainscoting, picture frame mouldings and crown mouldings have been making a big comeback for a few years now. They add dimension and visual interest, especially in a large space, but the newest trend is painting everything out in a deep wall colour. Matching your furniture to your wall colour keeps the look calm and stately.

We are also seeing herringbone pattern make its way into furniture pieces. This side table uses different stained woods to create a more dramatic herringbone pattern.

And forget about traditional stripes and dainty polka dots. Structural shapes and prints in off-set chevrons are the newest geometrics in everything from blankets to lighting.

Curved Contrast

Sources: paint, Para Refreshing Swim P5016-85; pillows, West Elm; rug, E-Carpet Gallery; lamps and green velvet chair, IKEA; blue rocking chair, EQ3; art, Designer's Own

Soft turquoise walls have dominated in past years, but the turquoise of 2014 is deep and moody. Bold blues and greens anchor the space and spicy hits of cayenne and yellow accents pop against them. Bright coral softens the contrast and keeps the look grown up while warm metal finishes keep this look current. Add a tribal rug to make the room feel modern.

Curves are big and 1970s-inspired swivel bases and rocking chairs are quickly making their way back into living spaces. Even lighting is rounded or domed. Curved lines can work in any space and help pieces relate to each other better. Pair some domed table lamps with globe pieces for ambient light and an overhead fixture.

Nostalgic Texture

Sources: chairs, Shelter; hide rug and sheepskin, IKEA; rope details, HomeSense; ceramics and pouf, West Elm; art, designer's own

For those that like monochromatic looks, texture is big for 2014. Almost every surface can be textured and layered for a more interesting neutral scheme. Scandinavian elements meet artisan pieces for a clean aesthetic.

Forget about dark wood floors and dark furniture: blonde is back. For years, blonde wood was associated with disposable furniture and dark wood finishes were associated with modern, more expensive taste. Try pairing blonde oak chair frames with natural linens for fresh combination of textures.

Remember macramé plant hangers? String art? Campy nautical lanterns? Rope and string details in 2014 are more for texture than context, layering on top of glass, or creating shape. And if a cable knit blanket is too wintery for your taste, new chunky knits with tone on tone stripes are a more year-round option.


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