Share Feature | Tips & Trends: Design Trends 2014 from Share Design
Last year one of our most popular Tips & Trends was Design Trends for 2013, so we are kicking off this year’s first Tips & Trends with a little forecast of where we see things heading in design for 2014.
Over the last year there has been a particular focus on better resolving the spatial design and organisation of an interior, particularly when it comes to residential projects. Not only are design solutions becoming more innovative, there has also been increased interest in exposing the functional elements of a space, particularly the design detail and diversity of stairs, which to date have not been as important. We are seeing stairs as a focal point within an interior, with popular solutions being spiral, steel, folded steel, floating and concrete.
There’s no doubt that stone and concrete finishes are always going to feature throughout every aspect of design and this year we’ve already seen the use of retro stones from the 60s through to the 80s and 90s making a comeback. Colours and tones have shifted from particularly ‘clean’ stones to those with more interesting textures and details, with rich colours. Deep greens, earthy browns and fleshy pinks are what we will see most of, and not only in the use of stone, but in interior colours in general.
This year’s Pantone Colour of the Year is 18-3224 Radiant Orchidhas. With fuchsia, purple and pink undertones Radiant Orchidhas can be elegantly offset with brass, copper and black and white.
Last year we saw a lot of perforated leathers and fabrics emerge in fashion and recently we’ve noticed the translation of this idea into interiors and furniture. Mesh and perforated metals are increasingly being used in for partitions, particularly in retail stores, as well as furniture, balustrades and stairs, strengthening the presence of industrial features in design.
Aside from perforated metals, we always appreciate the inclusion of heavy metals in interiors and furniture. Not only do they remind us of the roots of design with their industrial qualities, but heavy metals are going to be where we see the devil in the detail, particularly when it comes to furniture and lighting! Brass, copper and blackened steel are favourites, particularly when they are used in their exposed and natural forms and paired with timber and stone – a trend we saw in 2013 and one that we will see more of in 2014.
As all of these fresh designs and traditional classics pop up, we will be sure to keep you up to date in 2014 on our Share Design Inspiration Blog, as well as uploading the latest products to our Library and the most inspiring interiors to our Spaces and Styles every week.