Neil Kelly Company, one of the most respected remodeling businesses in the Pacific Northwest, recently tasked 25 of its top interior designers to nail down the top trends for 2014. Consistently on the leading edge of green building and innovative design, Neil Kelly’s top trends point to a modern sensibility met by old-fashioned practicality.
It just may be 2014 is the year of simple choices that completely enhance the way we utilize the home by getting more out of less.
For more explanation, here’s what the designers indicated were must-haves:
Smart Outlets for Smart Devices
“Apple devices reign in most households, so the new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices including iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads. The U-Socket also has a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged — an environmentally friendly feature that prevents ‘vampire drain.’”
More Power to the Shower
“Showers are becoming more popular than tubs. ‘Homeowners are looking to embellish the ‘shower experience’ rather than the tub experience,’ said Kathleen Donohue, design consultant. An increasingly popular feature is the curb-less shower.”
Rub-a-dub-dub, Stand Alone Tub
“If homeowners want a tub experience in 2014, it’s likely they will select a free standing tub as a structural element, which takes up much less space in the room than the old tiled-in tub deck.”
The Wide Open Kitchen
“Cabinets can make or break a kitchen design, and Fabian Genovesi, design consultant, likes to break up the cabinet layout. ’I design kitchens that are not just long runs of cabinets but that are broken up into different sections,’ said Fabian. ‘Don’t take up all the space with cabinets. Have floating shelves, open spaces, and room to hang wall art.’
Imbue With Blue
While designers may disagree on what constitutes some trends in 2014, on one subject they all agree: Bright colors are most certainly “in.” Suzie Atkin, design consultant, says cobalt blue is a particularly hot color.
From Modern to Modest
“The industrial modern décor of 2013 will morph into a more relaxed, more classic and modest look in 2014. While stone, metal, and wood will still be popular, expect a more relaxed feel and rounded designs with earth shades and raw metal finishes.”
“Neil Kelly Design Consultant Barbara Murphy is helping clients design bathrooms outfitted with multigenerational features that can accommodate aging parents or boomerang kids. Wall mounted sinks for wheelchairs, walk-in bathtubs, and motion sensing faucets can make the bath a better experience for everyone.”
“2014 incorporates looks from Mother Nature, and cabinets will be no exception. Earth-friendly cabinets with no added formaldehyde and non-toxic glues, binders, and finishes will rise in demand. Neil Kelly has seen a rise in inquiries from people with chemical sensitivity.”
“Downsizing continues to be a long-term trend. This year will see people interested in living in smaller spaces that are closer to urban downtowns rather than larger houses in the suburbs.”