Every year new design trends offer a chance to update your home’s current style and start the year with a fresh look. We’ve featured some of our favorite style influences and predictions for 2014 below to offer you a glimpse in to what to expect to see in home furnishings and decor.
Choose your favorite new trend and layer new styles, colors and patterns with the furnishings you already own — with new home accents and accessories — a simple and cost effective way to freshen up your existing interior decor.
COLOR BALANCE Soft, muted pastels balanced with bold, bright hues will dominate this year’s home decor. Intermixed with these brighter tones, we’ll see warm neutrals and earthy hues to create balance. Grey continues to be the new neutral. Use light or charcoal grey as your foundation and pair it with pops of color such as yellow, raspberry, plum, or teal to create a chic, modern style and look.
NATURALLY MODERN, REDEFINED RUSTIC
Redefined, modern rustic styling took off in 2013 and will define 2014 decor. Spaces that mix clean lines and modern styling with rustic natural wood finishes and elegant accents and accessories appeal to today’s lifestyles. Together these elements create warm, refined spaces for living and entertaining. Natural and organic influences will carry over into textile patterns as well. Geometric patterns, chevrons and stripes have dominated but this year will be replaced with softer, less defined patterns including more floral and organic prints, animal, ikat and honeycomb patterns.
THE MIDAS TOUCH
Gold is considered to be one of the hottest trends for 2014 and just a touch of gold will add a bit of luxe to any space. Gold accents and accessories, gold nail head detailing on furnishings and gold finishes and trim on pillows and draperies will become more popular in the coming year.
KITCHENS AND BATHS We can’t have an article on 2014 home trends without mentioning the two most important spaces — kitchens and baths. White has become the overwhelming choice of most homeowners for their kitchen cabinetry. Think modern and refined — not sterile, operating room. 2014’s other trends cross over into kitchens as well — we’re seeing rustic flair with earthy finishes and woods for counter tops as well as gold fixtures. In 2014, bathrooms are either getting dressed up or down — being transformed into spaces that are serene and spa-like or make you feel like you are walking into a jewlery box. Finishes and features including frameless shower doors and glass tiles, are a must.
Improving. Strong. Energized. Pivotal. We asked a group of realtors and agency leaders across Connecticut to share a one word recap of the 2013 housing market and gathered together their insights. The consensus – 2013 was a year of change and growth that many hope will carry into the New Year.
“2013 showed a marked increase in sales and expectations,” according to Joel Grossman, sales manager of Calcagni in Wallingford. “2014 will continue the trend with increased sales in both our resale and new homes divisions. Both buyers and sellers will fare well as we expect interest rates to remain low,” he adds.
While Connecticut’s housing recovery has lagged behind much of the country, 2013 gains have the state’s housing market finishing with slow and steady growth.
The Warren Group, which collects data on the New England housing market, recently reported that Connecticut demonstrated a jump in sales growth and pricing for September – the best September since 2007. That momentum has given many realtors we’ve spoken with a brisk start to the fourth quarter and hope for the future.
PJ Louis, sales manager of the William Raveis office in Avon, expects 2014 to be better than 2013 as the economy and new construction numbers improve.
Tight Inventory Conditions Questionable for 2014
We’ve said it over and over again in 2013 – buyer traffic is outpacing seller traffic and tight inventory is boosting pricing. Both in Connecticut and nationally, inventory shortages have been a key marker of the housing recovery.
According to NARS Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s Housing Marketing and Economic Outlook, in 2014 home pricing could either slow or accelerate – the housing starts will be the deciding factor. He adds that the industry needs to reach 1.5 million starts soon or face a persistent shortage that will impact pricing and affordability.
Staging Gives Sellers a Market Advantage in 2013 This year’s inventory shortages provided sellers with a market advantage in many areas and those sellers who staged their homes were able to leverage that advantage further and capture buyers. The year got off to a busy start and from January on PJ & Company worked on over 25 homes, with many selling in record time after staging.
Statistics released throughout the year also continued to support the benefits of staging. New figures from the Real Estate Staging Association and Staged Homes reinforced that if you want to sell, stage it first.
As the market evolves in 2014, we asked realtors why staging a home for sale will continue to be important in today’s real estate market.
“A home that is staged or as I like to say, “romanced”, stands out from the competition. There are many benefits to staging a home for sale besides exciting the agents in the community to show and sell. A staged house is memorable, a staged house is often “move-in” ready and perceived as a great value.”
– Joel Grossman, Calcagni, Wallingford
“For my sellers staging brings the most value in the shortest amount of market time over their competitors. Staging makes the home appealing to the largest variety of buyers.”
– Lorraine Amaral, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Danbury
“Today’s buyers demand clean, fresh, organized homes to become excited in their purchase process. Sellers who fall into distressed, tired home syndrome will be rejected by buyers unless very low priced. A home is either really exciting or boring! Anyone can list a home, not all can get it SOLD! A staged home is exciting!- Ruth Ratner, CT Properties/Keller Williams, Cheshire
Hopeful for 2014 As we look ahead to 2014,the biggest hope for many is that the housing market will continue to recover to stable levels analysts will define as healthy. Ruth Ratner of CT Properties/Keller Williams shares with many in the industry hope for continued increases in listings and sales that will drive the market and allow buyers to find affordable, move-in ready homes.
Holiday decor and accents can transform your home during the holidays. For many though, finding just the right holiday style that matches your home’s existing decor and taste can be a challenge. If this Thanksgiving weekend you’ll be decorating you home instead of shopping we’ve featured two of most popular holiday decor styles – Vintage Holiday and Rustic Luxe – below to inspire you.
Vintage Holiday Vintage inspired holiday decor reminds us of holidays from years past. Muted colors, natural tones, sparkling metallics and bright whites define this more elegant and warm style for the holidays. Traditional textures, mercury glass, classic ornaments, simply decorated trees, antique glasses, touches of evergreen and nostalgic decor define this style. Group vintage accents and accessories together and pair with a few clean, modern elements to create an updated look.
Rustic Luxe Rustic Luxe decor is the perfect pairing of a mountain lodge and NY penthouse. Defined by mixing and matching elements inspired by nature with shimmery metallics, rich textures and elegant styling this look creates a warm, glamorous style perfect for holiday decor and entertaining. Mix warm woods and earthy elements with silver and gold. Accents and decor including animal themes and feathers layered with modern touches complete this look.
A convergence of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah is bringing these two holidays together at the table. This rare occurrence won’t happen again for 70,000 years (so you’d better celebrate Thanksgivukkah this year or you’ll miss out!). We’ve compiled a few festive ideas inspired by this unique celebration of two holidays on the same day.
Festive Thanksgivukkah Centerpieces Feature a menorah as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner table alongside a display of gourds, pumpkins and flowers. Mix traditional Hanukkuh symbols with seasonal decor as well as festive colors representing both holidays. Blues, oranges and golds will create a festive, seasonal tabletop.
New Twist on Traditional Foods
Nothing completes holiday entertaining in style than great food. Thanksgivukkah is inspiring an infusion of seasonal flavors in traditional foods like the Jewish Latke – a traditional Hanukkah favorite. Try a recipe for Sweet Potato-Apple Latkes or Potato Latkes with Cranberry Jam.
The coming together of these two special holidays — Thanksgiving and Hanukkah –more than ever reminds us to give thanks to those who support our community. A contribution to Habitat for Humanity, your local Food Pantry, the Humane Society, or the numerous homeless shelters in our neighborhoods, remembers those in need and emphasizes the true spirit of the season.
The change of season and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday are the perfect reason to refresh your home inside and out. Enhance your home decor with color and style that will welcome guests throughout the season.Accessorize Inside and Out
From the front door to your home’s most popular gathering spots, accessorize! Greet guests at your front door with a creative arrangement of pumpkins, gourds, cabbages and mums. Create inviting, warm spaces to relax and entertain throughout the interior of your home by putting away summer and early fall decor and adding new accents. Rich velvets, jewel toned pillows, wool like tapestry rugs and even new winter drapes will transform your home. Layer your fireplace mantle with candles and seasonal accents to create a focal point in your home.A Natural Tabletop Look to nature to inspire your fall tabletop. Burnt oranges, deep yellows, warm greens, plums and beautiful reds translate great from the outdoors to bring color into your home decor. Add dried or faux fruit such as cranberries, acorns, pomegranates or apples for a mix of color and texture to your table setting this season. ”
Rustic Luxe If your style is more chic, decorate for the season and create a warm, inviting space with rustic elements paired with metallic golds. Guests will want to linger long after the meal is served in this glamorous setting. DIY your own rustic luxe centerpiece with small sugar pumpkins and metallic paint and candles.
Get inspired with more ideas from our photo collage.