De­sign, fash­ion vi­sions for 2014

Pale pas­tels, bold graph­ics set the tone

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TORONTO — Whether you’re seek­ing to make a mi­nor rip­ple or siz­able splash in your home or wardrobe in 2014, prog­nos­ti­ca­tors are hop­ing to help make the new year a stylish one with pre­dic­tions of note­wor­thy new looks in decor and fash­ion.

Suzanne Dimma, ed­i­tor-in­chief of House and Home mag­a­zine, Ben­jamin Moore colour ex­pert Sharon Grech and Lisa Tant, vice-pres­i­dent and fash­ion ed­i­tor at Holt Ren­frew share their views on trends and sug­ges­tions on how to in­cor­po­rate them into in­te­ri­ors, ap­parel and ac­ces­sories. HOME: 1. Cool hues. Colour trend­set­ter Pan­tone opted for vi­brant pop with the se­lec­tion of Ra­di­ant Orchid — a pur­ple hue in­fused with hot pink — as its colour of the year for 2014.

But the ul­tra-bold shade seems to be the ex­cep­tion rather than the rule with a sleek yet more sub­dued pal­ette of colours emerg­ing for home in­te­ri­ors.

Paint man­u­fac­turer Ben­jamin Moore se­lected Breath of Fresh Air — a pale, sky blue hue — as its colour of the year. While there were sev­eral ex­am­ples of deep blue, teal and pur­ple fea­tured in its 2014 Colour Trends Guide, the com­pany’s stand­out hue for the new year was among a vast ar­ray of softer shades like Dis­tant Gray, Peach Par­fait and Laven­der Mist.

Grech said the in­ten­tion was to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of colours which weren’t spe­cific to one par­tic­u­lar style as has been cus­tom­ary in the past.

“Even if you spend a ton of money on your new sofa or your Car­rara mar­ble coun­ter­top, if you get the paint colour wrong, it throws ev­ery­thing off,” she said.

In the vein of paler hues, Dimma sug­gested opt­ing for a soft grey which she de­scribed as “a new neu­tral.

“That’s a huge change from white, and that will im­bue ev­ery­thing with so much warmth,” she said.

2. Pretty pat­terns. From walls to ta­bles to floors, there is no short­age of spa­ces to adorn with colour­ful prints.

House and Home spot­lighted blue and white dish ware, painted tiles, whim­si­cal wall mu­rals and geo­met­ric wall­pa­per and fab­rics among its dec­o­rat­ing dos for 2014.

For those seek­ing to make a splash with a fresh print, Dimma sug­gested seek­ing out a Per­sian or Turk­ish rug.

3. Clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary. While rugs and wall coverings are de­cid­edly more bold, there is a more min­i­mal­ist ap­proach be­ing seen in other core pieces for the com­ing year. Dimma high­lighted 50s-in­spired chairs as well as more con­tem­po­rary sculp­tural light­ing fixtures both of which con­jure a mod­ern vibe.

She isn’t sur­prised to see the grav­i­ta­tion to­ward retro-in­spired fur­nish­ings. “When you think about it, we al­ways find through cy­cles in de­sign that we look back and then we make it new again, and it’s prob­a­bly just at that point in the cy­cle,” said Dimma.

4. The ar­ti­sanal touch. You don’t need large-scale pieces to lend an am­ple dose of per­son­al­ity to your space with care­fully crafted pieces such as a knit­ted wall hang­ing or tabletop pot­tery.

“In­tro­duce a new lamp and you can com­pletely change the look of your room,” said Dimma. FASH­ION: 1. Twist on the clas­sics. Whether it’s a ba­sic T or but­ton­down blouse, th­ese style sta­ples likely al­ready have a home in many wardrobes. But for the com­ing year, ex­pect to see clas­sics mak­ing a come­back with a fresh twist.

“A crew­neck tee is be­ing worn with ev­ery­thing from suits to jeans. It’s kind of like that es­sen­tial piece,” said Tant. Another prime ex­am­ple, Tant added, is the lat­est in­car­na­tion of crew-neck­style sweat­shirts show­cas­ing bright, graphic pat­terns.

2. Pale hues and bold blooms. When it comes to in­ject­ing a lit­tle ex­tra colour into the wardrobe, Tant sug­gested opt­ing for a softer touch in the form of a pretty pas­tel. “We saw pale pink, pale blue, mint green,” she said. “It sounds kind of girlie and you might think that sounds too sweetie pie for a lot of women. But it’s be­ing cut in re­ally sim­ple shapes like a pale­blue trench coat or a pale-pink mo­tor­cy­cle jacket, a mint green pen­cil skirt.”

To make a bolder state­ment in the form of pat­tern, blooms are also back in a big way.

3. Cool coats. Biker-in­spired chic re­mains a peren­nial favourite al­beit with a fresh twist for the new year, as Tant pointed to the emer­gence of cropped jack­ets in softer shades. “A pale pink mo­tor­cy­cle jacket you can wear with jeans, you can wear with white trousers, you could wear with a dress,” she said.

4. Feel­ing fringe. Ex­pect to see a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra in the form of em­bel­lish­ments on ap­parel and ac­ces­sories — fringe. “A re­ally big de­tail is fringe,” said Tant.

“(On) bags where it’s swing­ing from the bot­tom, or it’s go­ing down the back of dresses, al­most like a horse’s mane.

5. In the bag. If you’re seek­ing to go more spare in your wardrobe ad­di­tions, con­sider a tried-andtrue ac­ces­sory — a leather tote. Tant rec­om­mended em­brac­ing a more un­con­ven­tional hue. “How amaz­ing would that be in pale blue? It would give your whole wardrobe an in­stant up­date.” What’s new for the up­com­ing sea­son?

I re­ally hate talk­ing about trends some­times be­cause I re­ally think jew­elry and ac­ces­sory choices come down to true in­di­vid­ual per­sonal style. But I can say one thing for sure, the colour gold will con­tinue to be a main metal and tech ac­ces­sories will con­tinue to grow as a cat­e­gory. What’s the price point of your bou­tique?

About $50 to $200. If there was one jew­elry piece you could own in the en­tire world, what would it be?

I hope one day in the very near fu­ture I will own an en­gage­ment ring and wed­ding band from my boyfriend!

An­gus Fer­gus­son

The Look of the Year spread in the Jan­uary 2014 is­sue of House and Home mag­a­zine fea­tures paint in a cool hue com­ple­mented by the bold pat­tern of a Per­sian rug.

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Ben­jamin Moore’s Laven­der Mist cov­ers the walls, while White Dove is on the trim. Both are among the com­pany’s colour trends for 2014.

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Pale hues add a soft touch, says Lisa Tant of Holt Ren­frew, which sells the sweater for $240.

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Flo­rals and pat­terns will be pop­u­lar in 2014. This Mon­cler jacket ($1,030) is sold at Holt Ren­frew.

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