We may not be all that far into the New Year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about exciting new trends in interior design and how you could incorporate them into your home. In 2013, nature seemed to be at the forefront of many designers’ minds, with birds, butterflies and floral patterns frequently paired with complementary materials like reclaimed oak. The other major design trend of the year took inspiration from the opulent rococo style associated with Louis XIV, accompanied by a renewed interest in authentic vintage rather than ‘vintage-style’ furniture. This was fuelled in large part by the improved ease with which rare and unusual pieces can be found online and via social media – a development that seems likely to continue to impact on our design choices for the foreseeable future.
When it comes to colours, turquoise is still the most popular of all, closely followed by sunshine yellow or pastel pink hues. If bright yellow or blue walls seem a little too extreme, you can nod to the trend by using colourful highlights like cushions and wall hangings to liven up a room. Alternatively, channel a Mediterranean vibe by painting wooden bureaus, tables or chairs in deep yellow or turquoise.
Bird and butterflies may be on their way out, but don’t rush back to block colours just yet. Vintage patterns are making a big comeback this year, so start searching through that attic to find something suitable for creating a timeless, elegant atmosphere. Although accessories can certainly make a room appear more homely, the coming year will also see a return to the minimalist approach, so make sure you remove that clutter. The strategic placement of furniture and a few well-chosen accessories can greatly increase the impression of space in the home. There’s a huge range of innovative storage solutions out there, from staircase shelves to collapsible tables, so think outside the box when it comes to rearranging your possessions.
Finally, 2014 will be all about the standout kitchen. The central room for many families, this year traditional neutral tones and plain designs will be abandoned in favour of bold colours and statement accessories – add quirky lighting fixtures as a finishing touch.
Every property tells its very own story, which is why the different interior styles vary accordingly. At Engel & Völkers, we know that interior design can make or break a property’s potential, so to help our clients transform their houses into dream homes we’ve launched an Online Shop featuring an exclusive selection of high-quality furniture and home accessories. We invite you to browse through our magnificent range and to discover the world of Engel & Völkers Interiors. The Online Shop is only available in German for the time being. Shipping outside of Germany is only possible in certain countries, and shipping costs in these cases will be calculated on an individual basis according to costs involved.
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