​Home Trends: the colours you will see in 2014

 Information supplied by superamart.com.au

Decorating your own home, even if you’re renting, can be a relaxing and inspiring few days. Before you start though, and your credit cards creaks from a sudden although exhausting workout, develop a colour palate to ensure your selections follow a complementary scheme. If you’re a trend lover, check out sites like www.superamart.com.au and scope out the hottest shades circulating the lounge rooms, bedrooms and dining halls of your neighbourhood. Do you need further inspiration? Of course you do! Read on.

The Sea

The seashore, evidently, provides endless inspiration. The ocean ranges from mint green to a pale, delicate blue. And everything from grains of sand to mud and driftwood have been stirred into an amazing array of pinks, whites, yellows and blues. Even the air has been deciphered as gentle pastel shades. Fresh turquoise hues of the water and the multi-coloured grains of a sandy beach to the sun-bleached tones of driftwood. If you want to set the stage in your own personal space, encompassing this palette in a room with lots of windows set over the water might just make you think you were on vacation year round.

Nature

Some designers are using a palette that has more of a classic touch. Key colours for 2014 reflect an instinctive desire to get back in touch with nature, moving away from lifeless, hard surfaces so common in modern life which help to create stylish but ultimately comfortable homes. Light blue or Apple green are used for creating either a light-hearted environment or for something more dramatic it can be combined with ‘Off Black’ for a stark contrast. Natural materials are incorporated not just into wall art, but fabrics and furnishings, too. Cowhide is making a big appearance in the textile realm in a variety of colours and applications.

Dark hues are the new ‘Black’

Leave grey, beige and greige (the horrid mixture of grey and beige) in the rear view mirror in favour of deeply-saturated hues like navy and plum. In fact, navy is considered a new neutral for its ability to blend with other colours and styles. If a darker shade on the wall seems too scary, start with a piece of furniture like a sofa or sectional as your focal point and work from there. Leave behind simple cottons and linens and embrace the luxurious velvet, earthy suede and even textured corduroy. These fabrics are sophisticated yet durable, and can hold up to the darker colour schemes popular for 2014. You'll see red as a bold accent in black-and-white designs; and look for pink in romantic bedrooms, the modern girl's living room or even in the kitchen, from cabinetry to appliances. Violet came in through the back door, catching fire in the Goth trend in high schools. From there it made its way to the runway and now it's lightening as it crosses into the home; popular variations include violet, wine and true purple.

Mix and Match

We all know that harmonious colours do not necessarily have to match, and the same goes for pattern finishes. Don’t be afraid to bring different colours, textures and finishes into your space. You’ll be surprised at how far you can push the boundaries and still create a cohesive look.  The confidence to try bold trends and mix finishes means a broader interpretation of design styles. There is no longer a need to place styles in fixed categories like “traditional”, “rustic”, “industrial” or “country.” 

Disclaimer: information supplied by superamart.com.au. While due care is taken, the viewpoints expressed by contributors and/or sponsors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Your Investment Property.

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