Décor trends in 2014 are pointing towards the reintroduction of color to the white, beige and grey landscapes in many homes today. This is easier to do than it sounds – you won’t even have to lift a paintbrush!
When introducing a new color scheme it is important to use the same shade in a number of locations to create a sense of flow throughout the room. A drastic makeover can be achieved with a simple swap of cushion covers, some new wall hangings, a well placed throw and a change of window coverings, such as the installation of a decorative roller blind, which you can source easily and cheaply on eBay.
David A Keeps predicted that heavy curtains would be making their way out of our homes this year in favor of lighter and brighter window coverings, and we all know there is nothing like sunlight streaming into the home on a spring morning to lift the mood. You can read more of David’s top tips at the Wall Street Journal. Lighter, sheer fabrics are the key to creating a softer look, there are high quality options available in wool and linen. Silk is another good choice and slightly decadent. If you really must block out the light, even just during the night, then the addition of a black out blind can facilitate this while allowing you to keep your light and bright daytime look.
Regain your individuality
The idea is to regain some originality and sense of individuality away from today’s social media obsessed society. Take the time to select something that is quirky and unique, such as a one of a kind vintage or hand made item. There is no better way to make a personal and eco-friendly statement in the home than by reclaiming something old and neglected and turning it into something new and fresh that suits your style. For upcycled home décor ideas, there is a great slideshow from Zoe Bradley at trendhunter.com to provide inspiration.
A new lease of life
Old and tired furniture that has been hidden away or discovered in the auction room can be given a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint to go with your chosen color scheme; pastels, violet and navy are all making a comeback. If you are interested in something a little more hands on, you could even try your hand at re-upholstery. Earthy hues and global prints are hot right now; if you are a globetrotter it’s the perfect time to begin accessorizing on your travels, bright Indian prints or traditional Chinese florals are perfect.
Connect with your home
With so many ideas around it can be hard to know where to start, but the take away tip is to invest in items that resonate with you on a personal level. Just because a color or a theme is in fashion, it does not mean you have to use it in your own home. Take the ideas that you like and personalize them to create a fashionable home based on your own tastes and preferences.