Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Interior Design - What to look out for in 2014

This year’s design events provided inspiration, fed our creativity and exposed us to new suppliers and their latest collections.

It has been an inspiring year which has seen glass, chromes and gloss finishes moved aside to make way for rich timbers and warm metallic finishes.

There has been a very distinctive industrial theme this year, presented in a warmer fashion with brass and copper metals combined with warm woods. Natural unpolished fabrics were prevalent and there was an abundance of innovative lighting. Also, the geometric shapes and muted pastels that featured at the Milan Fair earlier in the year had a strong presence at London Design Week. We saw an array of curvaceous and comfortable upholstery in regal blues and dusky pinks. So – what should you expect in 2014?


2014 will see more use of the blush colour palette. A fusion of nude pinks, soft blues and mint greens– contrasted with smoky greys, burgundy’s and blacks – creating a balance of masculine and feminine. Branksome China featured their porcelain range in menthol greens and dusky pinks at 100% Design, which we loved. Naughty One also used the blush palette when showcasing their upholstery at Design Junction.

Heritage colour pallets will also be popular. Forest greens, navy blues, greys and burgundy’s, accented by golden ochre for a timeless regal colour scheme. These colours work especially well when teamed with walnut and brass finishes. The beautiful glass and copper vases featured by Utopia & Utility at Design Junction and the sumptuous velvet upholstery by Galeries Smith at Decorex – were all showcased in regal heritage colours.

Blue, which was popular in 2013, is now seen as an acceptable neutral colour – and this trend will carry through to next year. Pantone announced that Dazzling Blue will be its colour of the year for 2014 and Farrow and Ball’s new paint colour Stiffkey Blue is already a favourite of ours. We introduced our Cape Town sofa and Sloane Bed in Navy Blue this year, which have proved to be very popular with our clients.

Yellow is also going to be big next year – although it has to be used cleverly. This bright, energising colour works very well as soft furnishings and decorative accessories – adding a ‘ray of sunshine’ to any interior.

Meanwhile, neutral earthy colours will continue to be popular within kitchens and bathrooms. Most of the developers that we work with are now choosing matt, lacquered finishes for their kitchen cabinetry in muted tones of mushrooms and clay. These colours tend not to date as quickly – and the matt finish is replacing the high gloss finishes that we’ve seen over the last few years.


Geometrics will continue into 2014.The chevron, zig zag and hexagonal designs that did really well in 2013 will continue into 2014. Parquet wooden flooring will again be popular; it is a timeless, elegant look that works with both traditional and contemporary furniture. Monochrome grid designs will be a big theme too – these present well with bold colourful accents. You can see some of this in our work at East Village. We also expect to see a lot more ethnic patterns such as Ikat and woven Aztec designs. These patterns work well with both blush and heritage colour palette. Osborne & Little’s Amerinda woven fabrics are ideal for scatter cushions and ottomans.


2013 was a vintage year for lighting and it was a prominent feature in all of the shows we visited. CTO Lighting’s Solaris pendant and Big Bulb wall lights that we saw at Design Junction were both elegant and atmospheric. We were also impressed with the Tom Kirk Lightweight Chandelier and Facet Chandelier that we saw at Decorex. The Brubeck and Botti collections by DelightFull, which we saw at 100% Design, are another of our favourites. We loved the striking polished brass finishes and dramatic designs that resembled instruments in a ‘Twenties Big Band’. It was evident at the shows that industrial pendant lights will continue. The Hooked lights from Buster & Punch will definitely be used in our projects.

Comfort and functionality

The shows highlighted greater emphasis on comfort and functionality. We expect to see wider use of tactile fabrics such as cashmere wools and flat velvets, which create a warm homely environment with a touch of luxury. Storage is essential for city apartments and designers have clearly taken this on board by producing more multi-functional pieces. Our picks are Dare Studio’s handmade Katakana Desk with its useful storage drawers and Jointed +Jointed’s concave shelving unit and Hutu side table which doubles as a smart magazine rack.

UK handmade

We were excited by the quality and quantity of UK handmade furniture on display. Buster & Punch – a company that started out from a small garage in East London – specialise in quirky custom-made pieces that ooze individuality. Our top picks from their collection are the Rock Star whisky cabinet and the Hooked suspended lighting. Also, Fine Cell, a social enterprise that train prisoners in skilled, creative needlework is very innovative. Some of these unique, handmade pieces are interior design commissions, while others have become heritage pieces for organisations such as the V&A and The National Gallery. The Pin tables by Benchmark and the Goddard sofa by Pinch are a few more examples of beautiful British Design.

Final thought

We left the events feeling proud of the many British designers featured, and have already started using some of these new suppliers. We love the designs coming through and plan to incorporate them within future projects. We look forward to working with you in 2014 – and the team and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stacey Winn is Head of Interior Design at David Phillips.

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About the team

David Phillips Interior Design creates beautiful designs that breathe life into any property. We offer a complete design solution from conception to installation, and are one of the few interior design houses to do everything in-house. The team is led by Stacey Winn, Head Interior Designer at David Phillips and supported by interior designers Jazmin Hudson, Lois Trustram, Gemma Roberts and Salma Begum. The team is dedicated to delivering beyond the client’s vision and creating unique interiors for every project.

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