2014 interior trends that won’t break the bank

Trend alert! It’s the beginning of a new season so it must mean there are lots of predictions for what’s what is going to be ‘hot’ this year. Now, I’m not the most trendy of people, but I do like to keep a look out for new ideas and styles that I can adapt to use in my home, or in my work. So here’s a little round-up, just for fun.

Colour

So Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s colour of the year (quick go paint your house with it!), and the spring colour fashion report is full of lovely colours as usual, with a mix of pastels and brights. I like to use these charts as inspiration, and picked some similar colours for my new guitar prints that I’ve just listed on Etsy.

Updating colour can be straight forward and low cost. Something as simple as a bunch of flowers can work wonders. Some key colours to look out for:

Bright yellow

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Grey and turquoise

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Orangy-red

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Purple

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Blue

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Interchangeable accents

Blogger Arianna Vargas predicts that interchangeable accents will be big in 2014. No, this isn’t switching from you best Russian accent to Welsh when the mood or situation suits, it’s having a neutral colour scheme, with some key colourful pieces. I think this is one of the best ways to decorate a room as it’s simple and cheap to update, you can have a lot of fun with it too.

Here are some delicious examples:

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Mixing materials

Good news if you can’t afford to get the complete matching set of anything, mixing materials is where it’s at. Think metals with woods, ceramic with cork, canvas with brick, plutonium with…no wait – gone too far. This is great if you’re on a budget, you can work with what you’ve got, and new things don’t have to match exactly. Softer materials can help tone down harsher materials and the overall result is warm, interesting and personal.

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Vintage knick-knacks

Curating your own little displays of finds is becoming very trendy these days, ditch the high street and find your own wonders from your loft, local charity shop, car boots sales, or independent sellers. This way your objects will have much more meaning to you. Pick them up on holiday, chat to the person that made them, research where it came from. Only buy things you love, and put a few out at a time to show of, no matter how crazy they look.

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So there you have it. I hope these ideas have inspired you to have fun with your decorating in 2014 – and shown you don’t have to break the bank for some beautiful, simple and personal changes.

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