The end of the year brings many things. Special time spent with family and loved ones. Presents from Santa. The promise of a fresh start. And, if you're like us, an insatiable desire to change up your environment by updating it with the latest trends.
If you are feeling the pull toward renovating, redecorating, or revising your home for 2014, there are some exciting trends you may want to incorporate.
We break it down for you below.
Radiant orchid is the Pantone color of the year, but color trends for 2014 are also feeling blue. Blues across the color wheel are predicted to be hot hues for 2014.
Navy, in particular, has captured the fancy of design experts. "Navy blue will be a big trend for 2014. I'm seeing a lot of the shade on the runways, on the streets, in editorials, in chic interiors... I actually think everyone will get it in 2014," said designer Mark D. Sikes in House Beautiful's Top Decorating Trends for 2014.
Glamming It Up
Another way to change up your space: inject a glam feel as a nod to art décor or the Great Gatsby. This is another hot 2014 trend showing up in wallpaper, textiles, furniture, and accessories.
"Move over white walls, in 2014 we'll be seeing rooms with a lot more drama and glamour. Dark, moody walls in black will be the perfect backdrop to the metallic accessories that we're all loving right now," said Jeanine Hays of aphrochic.com in House Beautiful.
In the Kitchen
When it comes to renovating, kitchens are going glam too. "The kitchen has long since become the heart of the home, and now designers are dressing it up accordingly," said Elle Décor, "with elaborate custom cabinetry painted in rich gemstone colors, and accented with gleaming brass or chrome, all lit by unusual lighting fixtures. Kitchens are becoming downright glamorous."
Floating shelves are also a hot 2014 design trend according to remodeling firm the Neil Kelly Company.
A recent Hanley Wood survey revealed that 58 percent of those planning to renovate in 2014 are planning bathroom updates.
The trend toward creating a spa-like environment in the bathroom continues, with "clean lines, fluidity and futuristic bath fixtures. Bring a spa-like feel to your master bath by indulging in floating sinks and softer, contoured shapes that bring a serene feel to the bathroom and give a feeling of spaciousness. Add depth to the bathroom by incorporating textures in the bathroom with mosaic tiles that feel luxurious and modern. Blend in futuristic trends like a waterfall shower, modern touch faucets, and heated floors to add interest and visual splendor," said Scott Yancey from Flipping Las Vegas.
Kelly agrees, emphasizing oversized walk-in showers and elegant standalone tubs as strong bathroom trends for 2014.
The Tech Touch
For those who are remodeling, Kelly also points out the No. 1 trend for 2014 that brings some much-needed tech help to the home. U-Socket is a wall plug that "has two built-in USB ports to power devices including iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads... and features a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged."
Neil Kelly: U-Socket
Want more info about 2014 trends and how homeowners' needs have changed over the years? Check out Business Week's Graphic: The House Americans Want Now.