Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2014

The look of 2014 is fresh, polished and happy.

Maria Killam's Home Decor Forecast for 2014

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1. Oversize Pendants over Kitchen Islands

This kitchen by Jeffrey Alan Marks inspired this entire post, I fell madly in love with these pendants. If anyone knows where to find this light fixture, please include the link in the comments.

Trend Forecast for 2014

Here’s a less expensive version (well not exactly the same) from IKEA. It also comes in white.

2. Navy Blue. 

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

This colour is hot, hot, hot. I’m seeing it everywhere, I’m specifying it all over the place these days and I especially love it with camel tones. It’s crisp so it looks good with grey but it’s just a little softer than black.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

3. Chevron. 

Haha, just kidding, you can’t throw a stone without hitting something in a chevron print these days. However, as much as we all like to scream ‘IT’S OUT’, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I love in hardwood floors and it’s almost a replacement for a stripe. Okay it’s herringbone in this floor but they are pretty close.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

4. Houseplants

Trendy you ask? Yes.

And don’t say you don’t have a green thumb, as I read in this fun book which inspired me to run out and buy even more for my house:

“Plants are like pets, if you don’t water/feed them, they will die”.

Green on your coffee table, island in your kitchen or sitting next to the bathtub in your master bedroom is as imperative as the air you breathe. And now that Christmas is over and all the sparkly lights are gone, we need green more than ever.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

5. The 4-Hour Workweek

This so-awesome-book that I am only halfway through, is a must-read for anyone that wants to break out of working 9-5.

My favourite quote so far and how I want my business model to go is this one:

‘The factory of the future will only have two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.’ Warren G. Bennis, University of SC, Professor of Business Administration; advisor to Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

6. Staircase carpet that coordinates with the entry not the beige-on-beige carpet in the rest of the house.

Does it not make sense to pick something that the kids won’t trash in 5 minutes like this one (below)?

The rest of the carpet upstairs can be something lighter and neutral because after all, it needs to work with countless bedrooms, perhaps an office, or maybe even a playroom, but consider stepping outside of the box and choose something darker and patterned that will really make your entry sing. Since that’s where the stairs usually are.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

Here’s another one that I thought was so great:

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

Does it need to look like this for the rest of the upstairs? No. But it sure looks great downstairs.

7. Gold.

Faucets, lighting, frames, accessories. . . the list continues.

It’s back, but of course it looks nothing like the shiny brass of the 80’s, just in case you were under the mistaken impression that you could leave those doorknobs and 80’s faucets as they are now. NOT.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

And notice, we have a chevron print here, navy blue cabinets and gold. Three trends all together in one space. Beautiful. Sarah Richardson does it again.

8. Geometric backsplash tile.

It’s the latest and trendiest, but my advice would still be to keep it white, cream or at least a solid colour (below). Patterns like this or this, I’m afraid will be OUT, OUT, OUT before you know it.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

9. Vinyl Wall Art Stickers

Such a fun and easy way to transform any space!

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

10. Creamy Exteriors.

I have never specified more light and pale exteriors than this last year and I’m sure that trend is here to stay.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2014

Which one is your favourite?

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  1. If you watch Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ you will see all of the next trends that are so classic. I include fashion as well as decor. The sets are fabulous.. Washington townhouses and a NYC loft (urban industrial). But the palettes are muted blues, navy, grey, charcoal, black, cream, mixing black with navy AND just try to take your eyes off of Robin Wright’s character, Claire.. her palette and style are going to dictate what’s coming in homes and closets, especially after the new season starting in February. I just binge watched the whole first season.. OMG!

    • Linda I enjoyed the set decor as well, lol. I would watch with my husband only to be entertained by the fashion and home decor.

  2. Just replaced our front door with one in navy, inside and out. Picks up the navy in the birds on the Thibaut wallpaper in the tiny entry and looks fabulous. I have some bare surfaces to decorate and ordinarily avoid plants because of my black thumb (pets ask for food and water, but plants don’t–until you notice them drooping and it’s too late). They would look wonderful though, so maybe I’ll spring for some. Thanks, Maria!!

  3. The quote is by far my favorite!

    On the decorting side, the like the stairs the best. Seems like an overlooked area that can be a WOW. I have a staircase that goes up and another that goes down immediately off a small landing at my front door. I have considered doing something with the stairs up to the living room for a while now…a project for 2014.

  4. Hi Maria, happy New Year-I was trying to do some research on those fabulous pendants for you and came across this in Jeffrey Alan Marks book, The white on white story is brought to life by the dramatic light fixture,which is a conglomeration of found objects, so I am guessing its custom and not sold anywhere!

  5. All of these are great. I still don’t think I’ll specify the gold faucets. They look lovely, but I don’t think they’re a trend that is going to hold up to the test of time. I also didn’t think the oil rubbed bronze faucets would last either. However, you never see the chrome or brushed nickle losing favor in the trends. But I can completely see the gold working for cabinet hardware if you really want the warmth of the aged gold look.

  6. Glad to see that gold is back. It never went ‘out’ for me. I love antique brass lighting, faucets, accessories, etc. It brings such warmth and depth to a room. I think all of your predictions are right on target!

  7. Oh boy I laughed Maria when you mentioned houseplants sitting next to the bathtub. Way back in the 80’s when houseplants were a “hot trend” I perched a lovely fern on the edge of our bath. It was doing really well in the humid environment & my DH was just tolerating it until one night he decided to have a soak after a hard days sailing. All was quiet until suddenly the house was filled with yelling and cursing. Fearing the worst I ran into the bathroom & found DH sitting in the tub (eyes blinded by shampoo) with the fern, broken pot & what looked like half a ton of potting mix floating all around him in the water.
    I don’t think we’ll be doing the “houseplant in the bathroom” trend again!

  8. For our 10th anniversary (back in 2001!) Hubby and I stayed a night at a bed & breakfast called Tara’s in western PA. We were in Rhett’s room (yes, as in Gone with the Wind), which was very masculine with dark mahogany woods and navy and deep plums. It was a beautiful, rich, relaxing space. Blue is not normally a color i gravitate towards, as i prefer greens and warm oranges and yellows, but i have always thought that someday i’d like to do a room with those navy and plums – maybe a den or library space! Much more inviting than blacks.

  9. I really like some of the vinyl decals; but I always wonder if other people think they are tacky or too pedestrian. Not many comments on the vinyl -positive or negative. Just wondering what everyone thinks.

    • I used some “beachy” vinyl decals to cheer up some ugly backsplash tile I have in my kitchen until I have a chance to change it. Now I see the starfish/shells, etc and smile instead of noticing my ugly tile. For renters decals are easy because it’s not permanent. I think it’s all a matter of personal taste….

  10. Question: Under chevron you show the herringbone floors, but on your pinterest trendy not timeless page you show herringbone floor tile. We were thinking of laying tile flooring in herringbone. Yes or not?

    • Haha, now that I know the difference between herringbone and chevron, I would avoid chevron but lay it in a herringbone pattern yes.

  11. Maria, On carpeting stairs, would you continue the stair carpet onto the landing at the top? Or change the carpeting choice at the top stair so the landing carpet matches what’s in the bedrooms?

  12. I love that you included Tim Ferriss’ 4 hour work week in your list! How unexpected (but awesome) in a list about home decor trends. The world has changed a bit in terms of how to implement such a strategy, but more than 5 years on, the ‘why’ that the book proposes is still relevant. There are some great podcasts out there which are great follow-ons from the book. I recommend The Fizzle Show and The Foolish Adventure.
    Oh, and the rest of your list is pretty spot-on too! Per your suggestion, I’m going to try to not get too carried away with geometrics this year 🙂

  13. I am LOVING the gold fixtures in the kitchen…but, what color would appliances need to be? I’m guessing not stainless steel?