A good feel­ing in­side as the gloom lifts at last

What will the best dressed homes be wear­ing this year? Sharon Daleasks the ex­perts on home in­te­rior de­sign for a 2014 trend re­port.

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THE prop­erty mar­ket is re­cov­er­ing from a five-year de­pres­sion and that is good news for home­ware re­tail­ers.

It rep­re­sents a dou­ble bub­ble for the in­te­ri­ors in­dus­try, which is also emerg­ing from the dol­drums.

Those who buy use mov­ing in as an ex­cuse to off­load old fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings for a fresh start. Those who sell are mind­ful of prop­erty pre­sen­ta­tion and in­vest in new decor to im­press view­ers and se­cure a sale.

If you’re think­ing of buy­ing, sell­ing or just fancy a change, here are some tips on the top trends for 2014 from Abi­gail Owens, de­sign di­rec­tor at Carolyn Parker In­te­rior De­sign, and Paul Clark­son, head of buy­ing at M&S. Abi­gail says: Colours: I am su­per ex­cited about the colour pal­ette for 2014 and for me it’s all about vi­brancy teamed with sub­tlety, a very classy com­bi­na­tion. One of the main colours, and not to ev­ery­one’s lik­ing, is what I call “pri­mary school yel­low”. At first, I wasn’t keen so I have eased my­self in gen­tly with my new Smythson Di­ary, which is bound in acrylic yel­low and when you catch a glimpse of the an­tique gold-dipped pages it just looks fab­u­lous. If this is just too gaudy for your taste then the new candy colours may be per­fect for you. This new year will bring gor­geous coral pinks and or­anges com­bined with pas­tel greys and pis­ta­chio tones. (See Pan­tone Colour Cayenne 18-1651, Freesia 14-0852, Celosia Orange 17-1360)

Wall­pa­pers: I have al­ways been a huge fan of wall­pa­per and I think we will be see­ing a lot more tex­tured pa­per this year, rather than the big prints. I just love the Amoir Libre col­lec­tion from Dedar, which has a fan­tas­tic pal­ette and cre­ates an or­ganic wave ef­fect along the wall. It is per­fect for a bed head wall or for all the walls in a larger space. We’ll also see geo­met­ric pa­pers in more gen­tle, smaller scales with less mi­graine in­duc­ing de­signs and colours.

Mono­chrome: Year af­ter year mono­chrome just keeps com­ing back and 2014 is no dif­fer­ent. It seems there is al­ways room for

Pink is hav­ing a mo­ment in in­te­ri­ors, the per­fect way to give a con­tem­po­rary feel

a lit­tle black and white, whether it be a che­quer­board floor or a beau­ti­ful fab­ric. Mono­chrome was all over the cat­walks this year so ex­pect to see it ev­ery­where for Spring/Sum­mer too, and it’s not your typ­i­cal checks and stripes. In­stead, we are see­ing beau­ti­ful brush marks and colours bleed­ing into one another that keep the look arty and orig­i­nal. I love the black and white Har­vey Maria floor­ing, www. har­vey­maria.co.uk.

If you like this ef­fect but need some more colour then look no fur­ther than the stun­ning col­lec­tion by Jes­sica Zoob for Romo. Her gor­geous paint­ings have been recre­ated into fab­rics and wall coverings. Zoob’s im­pres­sion­ist style trans­lates beau­ti­fully and I hope to see more artists’ work used in the big fab­ric houses col­lec­tions.

Fash­ion: The cat­walk has a huge in­flu­ence on in­te­ri­ors

This year, there will be even more di­vine items from Her­mes. If you love their sig­na­ture equine themes then you will just adore their Henri d’Origny de­signed Quartz. It comes from their tie archives and fea­tures a graphic con­struc­tion of a facetted H in a range of beau­ti­ful me­tal­lic com­bi­na­tions.

Ikat: If you pre­fer a more eclec­tic feel then you will be happy to know that the Ikat de­sign will still be big news in 2014. I re­ally like Gra­ham and Brown’s tex­tured Kellys Ikat pa­per. Its colours are easy to com­bine into most in­te­ri­ors and coral pinks or bright yel­lows would look great with it.

Metallics: We will see metallics again in fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories this year but with more un­usual treat­ments and ma­te­ri­als, giv­ing a more eth­nic vibe with­out that hard in­dus­trial edge. If you want a state­ment piece for your home then Sharon Sides ta­bles are sim­ply stun­ning. The Flor Stool is go­ing on my 2014 wish list with its bal­ance of strong ma­te­ri­als and el­e­gant, or­ganic de­sign. The tree rings on the ta­ble top add a nat­u­ral beauty to the piece due to the use of ac­tual tree stumps etched into the metal work. I hon­estly think this is one of the most beau­ti­ful dis­plays of crafts­man­ship. www. sharon­sides.com. A bit more af­ford­able are Gra­ham and Green’s metal tealight hold­ers, www.gra­hamand­green.co.uk. Paul Clark­son, of M&S, says: Pink: Is hav­ing a mo­ment in in­te­ri­ors, and the bold colour and pat­tern of this sea­son’s new up­hol­stery fab­rics are the per­fect way to give a con­tem­po­rary feel to your liv­ing room. Mix and match block colour, om­bre and flo­rals for a fresh new look. Our Maisie arm­chair in Wa­ter­colour Flo­ral Peony, £1,099, is a good ex­am­ple.

Keep it sim­ple: Sim­ple lines, con­tem­po­rary touches and a muted colour pal­ette are on trend and fea­ture in this sea­son’s new Con­ran col­lab­o­ra­tive col­lec­tion at M&S, which con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength. The new Kit­son side ta­ble, £199, is el­e­gance per­son­i­fied, with an un­der­stated yet on-trend de­tail of cop­per tipped legs.

Crafted: Newly sourced ma­te­ri­als and beau­ti­fully crafted wood pieces cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary and sim­ply stun­ning col­lec­tion of home ac­ces­sories for spring. Au­then­tic woods, con­crete and blown re­cy­cled glass are ex­pertly han­dled to cre­ate a look that is mod­ern and chic with an in­dus­trial edge.

My favourite thing: It has to be the Al­bany din­ing ta­ble, £649. It’s mix of ma­te­ri­als and sal­vaged style gives it a slightly in­dus­trial feel. For me, mod­ern spa­ces are all about con­trast and I can see this adding a warm at­mos­phere to a re­ally sleek, min­i­mal kitchen. Plus, it can han­dle any mix of chairs – the more eclec­tic the bet­ter.

TOP: Maisie arm­chair in Wa­ter­colour Flo­ral Peony, £1,099, from M&S; wall­pa­per from Dedar, www.dedar.com; Jes­sica Zoob cush­ion, www.ro­moblack.com

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