"Interior design really follows fashion, about a year behind on average," said Philadelphia designer Ashli Mizell. So what's in style for 2014? According to local designers, it's a mix of bold accents and livable investment pieces.
Salvaged goods. Philadelphia designer Jennie Pritzker said she was seeing more coffee tables built on industrial machine bases and kitchen tables made from barn doors. "People are starting to want this kind of thing that doesn't look like it came out of a catalog, something that has a history to it."
Radiant Orchid. That's the name of Pantone's color of the year for 2014, a challenging pinkish-purple hue. Pritzker said she used it this summer for the rug and accents in a mostly gray living room. "You can't do an entire room in orchid," she said.
Monochromatic and white. Designer Susan Hopkins said she was seeing more white in the mix. She likes mixing white fabrics and metals, like satin nickel finishes, for a timeless look. She said that, with washable Sunbrella fabrics, this look was even kid-safe.
Mixing patterns. Hopkins said she was seeing more mixing of patterns. Unlike the last time this was big, in the 1970s, she said, the challenge is finding large and small prints that can play nicely together.
If you must opt for trendy patterns like chevron, she advises looking for "a twist, something that makes it unique, that will allow it to be a little more timeless."
Painterly fabrics. Designer Carrie Leskowitz said fabrics that look as if they're painted in watercolor or printed with brushstrokes are big. Ikat-style prints are showing up on upholstery, linens, and curtains.
Bold takes on the classics. "What's old is new again," Leskowitz said. "Toiles are coming back, but in bright colors or with contemporary designs. Tartans and plaids are back in . . . more saturated, deeper colors."
Global and geometric patterns also are getting a boost of color or graphic black and white.