Interior Design Trends Spring 2014

Jim and I traveled to the International Home Furnishings show in early April, and I want to give you a quick update of what we saw for emerging trends. Many of these are fresh changes to what has been a very neutral color palette the past few years. Get ready for some fun!

Color Trends

After the dominance of the “restro” gray and solid white ubiquitous linen – color was everywhere at market!

The Europeans have always enjoyed saturated, unusual color palettes (magenta and tangerine for instance), and those color trends have now reached the USA. How exciting!

Emerging color trends we see taking hold:

  • Magenta (my favorite—especially combined with coral and iris), coral, gold, aubergine – all interpreted in the transitional style of the 70’s!
  • Purple—in all of its hues-from aubergine, to amethyst, to grape is everywhere. From towels, buttons to sofas and even chandeliers.
  • Purple is being used a the new “neutral”.

Check out these photos I snapped on my phone – straight from market!

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Metals are making a comeback, but with a twist. I find the antique brass, hammered iron accents, and hand-colored glass accents in lighting and especially occasional (end tables, cocktail tables) fresh after all of the chrome and brushed nickel from the turn of the century.



Retro 60’s will be with us for a while, but the new trend is a reinterpretation of the eclecticism and transitionalism from the 1970’s:

  • Antique brass/glass/marble tables and lighting paired with velvet tufted coral sofas and modern printed silks on French chairs in painted finishes.
  • Modern tables mixed with French carved sofas in textured raw silks. These are designs that require a great sense of style, scale and an artistic ability. It demands individualism and not the conformity of the linen/gray trend of the past few years.
  • This trend is about self-expression—one of my own personal design philosophy tenets. It is very energizing and refreshing!


70’s patterns and colors:

  • Ethnic patterns in embroidered linens and silks in bright colors in pillows, furniture, and draperies.
  • Within the retro 1960’s style: saturated greens, oranges, and citron dominated for upholstery covers and wall coverings.
  • Modern geometrics in midscale were prevalent on chairs and toss pillows for accents.




In addition to the saturated colors I mentioned; the traditional blue and white color scheme was found in every showroom: from damasks to ethnic suzanis and ikats. When mixed with sisal for a beach or casual Hamptons’ look; or on French carved chairs, or on window treatments, this traditional color scheme is still one of my favorite genres.


Crystal, glass and silk dominated the lighting designs (whatever style you might be—modern, French, classic).

Color trends are also working their way into lighting.

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Whatever your personal style, the basics of functional space planning, quality products, unique designs, scale, and balance will always be needed.

A quality designer should always listen to your needs and be able to incorporate “your” style, collections and personality.