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?
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.
Comfort and functionality
Stacey Winn is Head of Interior Design at David Phillips.
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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.