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What’s hot inside homes in 2014: less fuss, less ornamentation

Clean lines, modern functionality and energizing colors are phrases that come up when looking ahead to home trends for 2014. The influences for how we dress our rooms continue to come everywhere from fashion runways to movie screens – and that’s what makes it fun.

As one local interior designer sees it: “People are going for cleaner lines. There’s less fuss, less ornamentation. There’s a simplification of things,” said Sandy Nelson, who runs Designs of the Times.

It could be a midcentury modern-inspired sofa for the living room, a reading chair in a crisp chevron print for the master bedroom or a svelte floor lamp for the home office.

“I also see a little art deco influence coming in – possibly inspired by ‘The Great Gatsby’ movie,” said Nelson.

At last fall’s furniture market in High Point, N.C., bold color – especially brilliant blues – stood out as a trend moving into spring 2014.

Youth furnishings also were in the spotlight. Chic painted finishes, stylish hardware and features such as built-in reading lights and charging stations appeal to both kids and parents.

“We’re excited to see new collections that offer sophisticated styling and thoughtful details. It’s a great time to be decorating kids’ rooms, because what appeals to your kids today can still appeal to you long after a child’s room becomes a guest room, a home office or some other ‘grown up’ space,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), in a trend report.

Unless, of course, your child plans to take the furniture with her after she has flown the nest.

Also coming up for 2014: Furniture trends

“Maple is the new oak. People are tired of oak; they love the maple,” said Pamela Witte, owner of White Orchard Home Furnishings, at 4203 N. Buffalo St. in Orchard Park.

And it’s less expensive than cherry. To compare? A 5-foot kitchen table in cherry is priced $1,162 retail. The same table in maple is priced $897, Witte said.

“I suggest maple a lot, in place of cherry. We have a beautiful maple bedroom set on the floor done in a rich cherry stain, and you cannot tell the difference,” she said.

“It’s a nice way to go. The only difference is that it has less grain, but it’s still a hardwood like cherry, and it wears well,” she added.

Witte also is seeing changes happening in the home office.

“The other thing we are noticing is that home offices are going a little more feminine. People are incorporating them into their living rooms, in kitchens or near the kitchen versus a separate work area. I think it’s mainly just to stay more connected with the family. I think Buffalo, in general, is a very family-oriented town,” Witte said.

Women are making many of the decisions and are drawn to the silver, gold and more feminine colors for the home office.

“They’re wanting something a little bit more refined and less chunky, maybe even smaller scale,” Witte said.

Upholstered desk chairs and prettier desks fit right into this new look.

Fabric trends

“The style is very contemporary right now, very clean-lined. We’re seeing a lot of chevron prints and a lot of mixing – such as chevron prints with polka dots,” said Michele Dzikoski, owner of Fabric Warehouse, 6599 S. Transit Road, Lockport.

“Fabric colors are brighter – the brighter teals, tangerine and raspberry – almost going back to the 1970s,” she said.

“Tartan plaids are coming back, too, in the reds, blues and greens,” she added.

Other color trends

Following the High Point furniture market in October, talk focused on brilliant blues as something to watch for next year in fabrics, furniture and accessories.

“Americans seem ready to infuse their surroundings with optimistic, bold, mood-changing color,” Hirschhaut said. “In the furniture industry, designers are responding with a broad range of hues, but intense blues seemed to dominate.”

Also in the color forecast: In December, Pantone – the global color authority – named Radiant Orchid its color of the year. Described as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” Radiant Orchid succeeds emerald green, the 2013 color of the |year.

While emerald “served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press release.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple,” she added.