A Look Ahead - Furnishings for the New Year

Last year reclaimed oak pieces, floral motifs and rustic aesthetics saturated the style scene. In fact, some designers deemed it the year of ‘shabby chic’. But don’t worry, we’ll continue to see bits and pieces of the shabby chic trend as 2014 progresses so no need to run out and replace all your furnishings just yet. Rather, find a way to use the items you already possess to infuse layers of warmth and character into the space. Check out these simple ways to integrate this year’s décor trends with last year’s pieces.


Moving away from last year’s florals, the trending patterns for 2014 are heavily centred on a retro yet minimalist style. That means gravitating towards clean, less ornate designs. Molded fiberglass, steel legs, and wood frames emphasize a functional yet artistic appeal. Simplify the style of any room by sticking to solid colours and adding just a few signature pieces from last year’s inventory. Slipcovers are an excellent way to recycle last year’s cushions or even the family sofa. Slipcovers are inexpensive, sold by a number of e-retailers, and available in thousands of colour combinations.


Speaking of colour, let’s discuss the hues packing a punch this year. According to designers bold yellows, cobalt blues, and deep greens will be the top colours to watch out for in 2014. So, what’s the best way to incorporate these new colours and get rid of last year’s shades? Consider applying a fresh coat of paint to accent walls or if you’re not in the market to get your hands dirty, then wall covers may be your best bet. Poly fabric wall decals are similar to the traditional wallpaper with the exception that they can be peeled off and repositioned without the damaging effects. You can even get photographic wall decals for a real personal touch. If you’re renting and would rather leave the walls alone, accessories are an easy way to stay on trend without bankrupting yourself every year. Pillows, art or even glassware can be a fun and inexpensive way to brighten up your living space.
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Every few years or so it’s wise to invest in a piece that will withstand the test of time when it comes to style and craftsmanship. We’ve seen hints of the modern minimalist trend every year since the early 2000’s and designers don’t expect it to be disappearing anytime soon. Footstools, in particular, are inexpensive pieces that can transform any room from drab to fab. We are especially fond of Made.com modern interior pieces. Their Deep Red Modular Sofa from the Abingdon Collection combines the vintage-modern design we previously discussed plus comes with ample storage space for those homeless knick knacks.

All-in-all, updating your home’s decor by incorporating your existing furniture is as simple as freshening up your wall colouring, adding a few accent pieces, and investing in quality pieces that can withstand the test of time. Go on, you’re ready to dive into 2014 with our recipe for a dapper décor.

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  1. Great post! I'm trying to revamp my room, and honestly I think painting an accent wall may just do the trick. Small changes and updates can make the biggest differences!

    Diary of a Debutante

  2. Great post and ideas. So far i love all the hit colors for 2014. Appreciate your sweet thoughts and visit in my blog Jessica. xoxo.


  3. Yes minimalism seems to the dominant theme in fashion too.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  4. We are planning to redecorate a couple of rooms. Spring is the ideal time to refresh and update. I've noticed green is becoming popular for interiors.

  5. So happy shabby chic will stick around! It's my entire decor!


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