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Design Styles That Are SO Last Year

Here we are, another year bites the dust!  Actually, 2013 was a very good year for me and Creating Contrast Designs.  I have a very positive outlook for this coming year and I hope you do too!

My Top Five Design Styles That I’ve Seen Enough of for a While 

  1. The Chevron Pattern – I love this room below, it’s fresh and clean with interesting design elements.  I even like the Chevron patterned rug, but I think that the Chevron has been done and over done in the past couple of years.
Chevron Pattern

Chevron Pattern

I don’t think it’s going away but this year we will be seeing the pattern in less contrasting ways. The area rug below from West Elm shows the Chevron with varying colours that appear more textural.  I predict we will not be rid of the Chevron altogether but will be seeing it used in more interesting ways.

West Elm Area Rug

West Elm Area Rug

2. Owls in Home Decor – I love these big eyed birds just as much as anybody else, but they’ve  been used in pretty much every decorative accessory this past year.  Maybe we should leave these whimsical owls in the kiddies rooms for a little while?

Baby Nursery with Owl Decal

Baby Nursery with Owl Decal

3. Rustic Coffee tables with Wheels – On my last trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market, the final day of the season back in October, I can’t tell you how many of these tables I saw!

Rustic Coffee Table with Wheels

Rustic Coffee Table with Wheels

I’m not adverse to the look, in fact I really like the mixed rustic and industrial style elements. However, perhaps we will see these wheels added to different styled table tops like this glass table pictured below?

Some may argue that black wheels can be too heavy for a glass table, but I think in this instance, the other black accessories – throw cushion and tall vase – balance them in a way that is unexpected and works really well in this otherwise neutral room.

Glass Coffee Table with Wheels

Glass Coffee Table with Wheels

4. California Shutters – Okay, I admit that I have NEVER been a fan of these style of window treatments. However, I do think that work here (photograph below) because they offer a clean look and this room doesn’t require the softness that I love to see in a bedroom or living room space.

California Shutters Work When There is no Need to Soften Up a Space

California Shutters Work When There is no Need to Soften Up a Space

My favourite window treatments are roman blinds, London shades or custom drapery.

Creating Contrast Designs

Creating Contrast Designs

5. Accent Mosaic Tiles as a Backsplash – In the past I have used these in my own bathroom design and for clients and they adore the look.  My only warning is this: Be sure you really LOVE the look of that accent mosaic, as it’s a fixed element that will be fixed for a very long time.

This kitchen is truly lovely.  My only word of caution is that although the accent tile works fabulously with the ‘on trend’ blue gray lower cabinetry, the longevity could be questioned. For example, should the homeowner wish to change the accent coloured cabinetry or wall colour, they will be limited to white or another neutral because the design co-ordinates with the fixed accent strip on the backsplash.

Gorgeous Quaint Kitchen

Gorgeous Quaint Kitchen

Whereas in this kitchen (below), the white subway tiled backsplash is not limiting which means that the island cabinetry, colour palette and accessories can be changed at any time to almost any desired colour without jeopardising the flow of the design or compromising the colour palette.

White Subway Tile are More Versatile

White Subway Tile are More Versatile

If you like these photos you can see them all in my houzz Ideabook titled ‘2014 Trends and Design Predictions’.

Final Thoughts

This is my own list on how I see design trends of late, but it does not mean that you will never see California Shutters or Accent Mosaics in my designs.  My job is to educate clients on what will work long term and ensure all elements of the design have flow, balance and are visually pleasing with non-conflicting undertones. At the end of the day, the design and style ultimately have to reflect their likes and desires.

What about you?  What do you feel is ‘passe’ in our ever changing and exciting world of Interior Design?  Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

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Cheers and Happy New Year!!

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