Do up your home 2014 style

2014 is a year that will see themed interior design concepts, DIY, eclectic palettes and more, writes Ruth Dsouza Prabhu.

The year is coming to an end and we are all looking forward to a great 2014. Of course, changes abound in every sphere, as with every New Year. The world of interiors and décor too will see several new trends coming in. Let’s look at some trends that we may look forward to in 2014.

Homes like the rich & famous

Experts anticipate a great deal of thematic work in interior design in the coming year, especially with high-end homes and those of the upper middle class. With an increasing number of folks travelling internationally and embracing myriad cultures, they often want the same to reflect in their home, opines Gita Ramanan, CEO and Principal Architect of a city based design firm.

“The more adventurous will have homes that have rooms themed after different cultures and influences, such as Spanish Haciendas, Italian Villas, Swiss Chalets and English Country Homes. So also with American and Australian influences and the lovely artistic styling of our South Asian neighbours such as those from Indonesia, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, Japan, Chinese...” says Gita.

What will help facilitate these trends are the possibilities in detailing. People are increasingly able to pick up artefacts from around the world to suit their décor. In fact, Gita feels that this is a trend that is gaining ground even in architecture. Minimalism will continue to be a very hot trend.

The truly brave will adopt the wonderful functionality of contemporary and modern furniture with an underlying Indian ethos. “We are Indian at heart, and expressing our Indian-ness is what will truly separate these homes from those that are seen around the world,” feels Gita.

The vintage trend will also gain traction in the coming year. People are increasingly becoming bored with homes that are soul-less and stark. A lot of people are unearthing antiques of their older generations, different Indian artefacts, handlooms and details, and mixing these up to create unique homes.

The rise of DIY

A great trend being perceived among the middle class is the lapping up of the international minimalistic style with local accents, with a lot of upcycling and recycling; i.e., a good dose of DIY (Do-It-Yourself). These will be then layered with Indian accents that have been passed down from the families.

Agreeing with this last trend is Vijay Pandey, Vice President of a leading power tools brand in the country which has introduced a range of DIY tools says, “Recycle and reuse is the mantra to furnish your home this coming year. If you are into creative designing, then a Dremel Engraver will help you showcase your creativity and imprint your own designs onto wood, glass, metal, plastic, wax or ceramic surfaces.

This will help bring to reality your designs by creating a plethora of personalised interior products that can be used to decorate the corners and walls of your home, or can even be given as gifts.”

Of colour palettes & more

Designing trends may not be termed as universal in nature. They are often inspired by international trends and then based on the availability of new materials in the market. Very rarely does one work with a single colour when it comes to interiors. An interior space consists of such a wide assortment of materials that an interior colour palette is quite eclectic. Typically, wood and monochromes for the base of the colour palette, to which colour accents have been added has been the norm.

“Expect a bolder colour trend, away from the earthy colours of two seasons back, says Juhi Santani, a city-based interior designer. “Colours previously considered ‘feminine’ have been taking centre stage — case of getting in touch with our feminine side, perhaps. Shades of fuchsia, orchid, or purple combined with complementing greens and blues continue to rule the roost in interior spaces.”

There is certainly a move towards ‘greener’ paints, with less emission and non-toxicity. Increasingly, people are choosing these over the cheaper paint range that lacks in these attributes, adds Juhi.

Coming to materials that will create a splash in 2014, Gita elaborates —
The vintage style is definitely in vogue, so exposed brick, stone etc., will be in high demand. Antique wooden doors and windows are wonderful features to incorporate into newer homes to give it that measure of style and gravitas.

In architecture too, concrete based homes are here to stay.

With architects understanding these materials better and looking forward to trying them in new and interesting ways, the discussion of green buildings getting highlighted, there are exciting days ahead in the construction industry.

The primary material for interiors will continue being plywood and we’re looking forward to better textures and finishes in the laminate and veneer market.

Upcycling and recycling of construction material is a trend that I eagerly look forward to, to ensure more buildings are green and promote less wastage.

Elaborating on textures, Juhi says that textures will be in, and in a much bolder way. There are innovative textures hitting the market in veneer. These are high-end products. There has been a trend towards a ‘distressed’ look these past couple of years, a variation of which is the ‘vintage distressed’.

The new veneer textures are inspired by aged furniture and timber. The laminates mimic stone and fabric textures like never before. In flooring and wall tiles, digital prints are in, reflecting the latest colour trends. Laminates are going the digital way too, and customisation is the buzzword.

Props and graphics are that critical last stage of your interior space that fulfil your original design vision and complete your story. The trend in the coming year would be to use ‘vintage’ props like pendant lights, frames, mirrors.

The year 2014 has a lot in store for those who want to set up their homes as well as give it a face-lift. There are exciting trends that are coming and you have the canvas of your home to make the most of them.

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