7 Best Ways to Update Your Home in 2014

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We have made our way through the winter season and Spring is upon us. I have had a chance to take a look back at the last several months of furniture and accessory product releases, top design market trends and news and have come up with the 7 Best Ways to Update Your Home in 2014–I share them with you below.

1. Make Bold Choices

Whether you are buying a new sofa or changing the paint in a room–make bold choices. Choose black instead of grey, or navy instead of a soft blue. Check out the 2014 Pantone colors and see the colors that top industry designers and trend setters are picking now. Choose bold colors that are classic for a timeless and striking look.

Gorgeous floating navy cabinet. Image found on Pinterest.

Gorgeous floating navy cabinet. Image found on Pinterest.

 

Space Case Design Concept Rendering of a Dining Room in Manhattan Beach

Our own rendering of a new built-in formal dining room where we have chosen a bold blue velvet for the fabric on the tufted seat back.

2. Choose Stylized and Artful Patterns

Flowers and traditional damask prints have always been in, but the hot new thing is the stylized version of these patterns. Think back to the 20s, when Art Deco designers such as Renee Macintosh stylized the flower into something sculptural. These floral patterns are gorgeous and graphic. They strike the eye with vigor. Also, look for patterns that have an artistic flair. Maybe it’s a watercolor painted shell pattern or an enlarged and cropped version of a traditional damask print. These artful and stylized versions of patterns will give your space a more custom curated and higher-end look.

Bedroom with Stylized Damask Accent Pillow

Atlanta interior designer Nancy Warren uses a backdrop of cream and black to set off pops of the hot new Pantone color tangerine tango. Photo credit: Emily Followill

3. Lose a bit of the Lawn to Something more Sculptural

Want to update your curb appeal and lower your water bill? Great! Then choose to lose a bit of your front lawn to something beautiful and sculptural such as a well designed area of paver stones or even a carved out trail of decomposed granite to replace the traditional lawn path. Also, stop by your local nursery to discuss your options for a native ground-cover plant. Often times ground-covers can be more creatively landscaped and will require much less water than a traditional grass lawn.

Cement paver stones create a hexagon pattern patio in the lawn. Photo by Conde Nast found on Pinterest.

Cement paver stones create a hexagon shaped patio in the lawn. Photo by Conde Nast found on Pinterest.

 

Clean California landscaped front yard with decomposed granite in place of traditional lawn.

Clean California landscaped front yard with decomposed granite in place of traditional lawn.

4. Choose Wallpaper Instead of Paint to Create Rich and Luxurious Spaces

Wallpaper is back, and truthfully for top designers it was never out. However, wallpaper has made its way back into the mainstream, but this time, instead of using it in every room of the house, we are incorporating it into niches and nooks for a punch of texture or play on pattern. We are using it for Wow Factor in the design of small spaces and powder rooms. Paint gives us a saturation of color, but its flat –2 D. Wallpaper accents here and there will give you an eye popping 3D effect. They are a must if you seek a more rich and sumptuous feeling environment.

Cheerful kitchen incorporates a wall of lattice style paper.

Cheerful kitchen incorporates a wall of paper with a beautiful lattice effect. Design by Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC. Image found on Pinterest.

5. Incorporate Both of Your Styles into the Home

When it comes to a family home redesign, I’m sure that most design and build professionals will agree, that 9 times out of 10, it’s the lady of the house that works with us on decor approvals and the decorative aspects of the home. However, this is changing. We are seeing more and more, that men want to be involved in the decor process. They want a touch of their style in the home too. This is a fantastic happening as it allows us to create a well balanced home design with both rich masculine and soft feminine traits which essentially aids us in achieving the most timeless of looks.

Our new concept rendering for a beautiful Manhattan Beach kitchen which features a well balanced, masculine and feminine design approach. The rich grey, honed, American Mist countertops are set atop both white cabinets and a contrasting wood grain island. The backsplash will be Calacutta Paonazzo white marble slab and will add a polished elegance to the mix.

Our new concept rendering for a beautiful Manhattan Beach kitchen which features a well balanced, masculine and feminine design approach. The rich grey, honed, American Mist countertops are set atop bright white cabinets and a rich, contrasting, wood grain island. The backsplash will be Calacutta Paonazzo white marble slab and will add a polished elegance to the mix.

Well balanced loft design. Image from on Pinterest.com

Well balanced loft design. Image from on Pinterest.com


6. Replace a standard wall outlet with a U Socket

The new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices that can be charged via USB. This includes iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles, iPads and other mobile computers. The U-Socket also has a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged which prevents electrical vampire drain–another step toward a greener planet!

USocket can be found at FastMac.com - This in wall image of USocket was found on Pinterest.

USocket can be found at FastMac.com – This in wall image of USocket was found on Pinterest.

7. Choose Light Toned Woods

For nearly a decade, the traditional dark tones of mahogany and cherry dominated the wood and furniture markets. In the past several years, we have seen light toned woods emerge and become more and more in demand. This year, we are further witnessing the lightening up of the main material choices of the home. Wood cabinets and flooring as well as tile and stone options are soft and muted and to contrast that, it is the accents that are deep, bold and rich. The softer and lighter feeling woods are wonderful as they can make a room feel expansive and bright.

Light Wood Table and Bold green Chairs

Dining room by Nate Berkus found at www.dustjacket-attic.com

 

 

 

 

I’m Kamaren and just like Sherlock Holmes I solve cases. Instead of crime, it’s interior design. Creating beautiful well edited living spaces is what I do best and I LOVE seeing concepts turn to reality. I blog to share my work, fabulous finds, and the things I am passionate about that make me happy and fulfilled. Please explore, enjoy and connect with me.
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