I am not one for following trends but it is always inspirational to see what is out there in interior design, fashion and homewares, to get ideas for your own decorating. It also gives artistic and other inspiration, alongside the natural environment (nothing inspires me more than the sky, the sea, flowers and trees) and the things you see every day as you walk through nature, or looking at blogs, design mags and places like Instagram and Pinterest.
Although it’s always been popular, wooden décor has been on the rise as a popular trend this year due to the ever-increasing aim to go green. Using second hand and vintage pieces, as well as recycled and reclaimed timbers, is the best way to go and it is important to check if not using recycled, that the wood being used is a renewable resource.
Wood, like other natural materials, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to achieve an inviting, more lived-in space and evoke the calm of the outdoors. I love it in its natural and painted states. We want to feel and see organic, natural textures and colours in our indoor environments to stay connected to what is outside our door.
Using wooden pieces in your home is also a beautiful backdrop for the coppers and other metallics we expect to see more of as we head into 2014, as well as the just released Pantone Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Following 2013′s Emerald Green, Pantone is suggesting Radiant Orchid as the shade that summarises the overall colour trends of 2014.
The rosy pink (aka Pantone 18-3224) represents a healthy glow, making projects that use it appear more energetic, says Pantone. The colour system developer sees it being combined with reds for a seductive look, or accented with similar shades of lavender, purple and pink – or contrasted with deep greens or turquoise.
What do you think? I love purples and pinks against greens and blues and this is a divine colour against blacks and whites as well.