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2014: A time to renew old sentiments

There’s a décor revival afoot. From macramé, blue and white dishware and brightly patterned floor tiles to safari themes, clear tables and geometric designs, top decorating trends for 2014 are all about revisiting the past – with a twist.

“Some of us have bad connotations with things,” says House &Home (H&H) Media president Lynda Reeves. “Instead of baulking at something you got sick of the first time around, try to think of how it might look if it was injected in your house now. It might be fun.”

After a year of monitoring some of the hottest decorating trends, the H&H editorial team previewed its top 10 list in the January issue, available now. Some are hard to digest, admits Reeves.

“I can’t believe we want to go back to spider plants and macramé,” she says. “But there’s a new generation that’s discovering Woodstock for the first time and it’s happening not only in homes; it’s a movement.”

It takes a while for cutting-edge trends to hit mainstream and they usually last a decade. Some on H&H’s list have been simmering for years. Others, like Woodstock revival with its retro bohemian style bring a modern edge to recycled themes.

Modern safari replaces the frills and chintz of English Colonial with solid, tailored fabrics that are straight-lined as opposed to tapered. Traditional safari furniture is “kind of bitsy” in scale, says Reeves. Modern safari pieces are larger and paired with modern touches like black and white photography.

“It’s hipper, edgier,” says Reeves. “The old safari was 100 per cent. Everything about it was English, traditional, classic. The new look is really mixed up with other things.”

Blue and white tabletop is a new take on traditional Blue Willow and delftware designs of the past featuring more modern and less cookie-cutter dishware. Clear coffee tables are also “back with a vengeance,” says Reeves. “It’s the easiest thing you can do to your living room for the least amount of money which will add huge sparkle.”

Walking her talk, Reeves put a Louis ghost chair in her own living room last fall. “You’re going to see a lot of tables with Lucite legs, an upholstered bench in a front hall with a Lucite leg or a Lucite umbrella stand,” she says.

Trends everyone can embrace include the move from traditional metal and crystal chandeliers to more sculptural designs that are more like pieces of art, painted out trim and statement walls. One that may not be for everyone is pattern underfoot, a return to the “long-gone era when flooring was like a work of art,” says the H&H team.

“I’ve totally rejected pattern underfoot because I don’t want to make that commitment,” says Reeves, noting that editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma has a different opinion. Whereas Dimma created an artistic statement in her bathroom using patterned tile, Reeves is more conservative.

“I err on the side of wanting to be flexible … that’s the way I decorate,” says Reeves. “But there’s also a certain amount of pizzazz I can’t get. It’s a trade-off.”

Rounding out H&H’s top 10 list are round bathtubs and geometric patterns reminiscent of Bauhaus colours and traditional quilting patterns.

For an in-depth look at top decorating, food and lifestyle trends, catch Reeves and Dimma talking trends on H&H Online TV at Episodes air January 6 and 13.


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