DIY Tips: Key Living Room Trends for 2014

This year, we’re seeing some fabulous new living room trends. Here, we tell you what’s in, what’s not and how to achieve the look in your very own home. Read on for some of the hottest trends and take a look at this link for painting and decorating materials to help you get the job done.


Art Deco

Inspired by glamorous Hollywood homes of the 1920s, art deco is one of the biggest and boldest trends of 2014. Floorboards should be stained dark brown or even black – for this look, the darker the floorboards the better. Look for geometric print fabrics on cushions and chairs, or for geometric-shaped ornaments. Key colours include grey, mustard and turquoise and for fabrics, look for natural materials. Metallic furniture or fabrics with a slight sheen also work well with this look.

Mad Men

This trend is totally inspired by Mad Men. Keep flooring or carpets dark brown in colour and paint walls a rich, bright yellow – not too muddy and not too mustardy. Add beech furniture and look for pieces with either tapered legs or gently curving edges. Grey works well with the yellow and brown hues, so look for grey sofas and chairs. Finish the look off with plenty of cushions in a range of geometric patterns and for fun, add a starburst or mosaic mirror to one wall.


Pared-back style is big news for 2014, so choose a range of au-naturel colours and fabrics for a subtle, stylish look. Choose oatmeal-coloured fabrics made from all-natural fibres and look for plenty of contrasting textures – they help to add richness and depth to a room without making it look too fussy. Look for striped linen cushions in neutral hues, and complete the look using plenty of chunky wooden furniture, wicker baskets and if you like, by adding a few contrasting colours – sage green and pale duck egg blue work particularly well in this kind of look when teamed with the oatmeal.

Super Pale Pastels

Pastels can look a little bit too sugary-sweet, but if you choose pastels that are very, very pale, they’ll look just right. Look for the lightest blush of pink, the palest baby blue and the creamiest shades of beige then complete the look with touches of natural wood and the merest hint of copper. Very pale grey also looks wonderful. Try not to interfere with these colors too much – only a little bit of pattern is needed as if you use too much, the whole room will look entirely overdone.


This modern take on antique chic uses pared-back, minimalist furniture and quirky, Victorian-inspired accessories and paintings. Frame your favourite modernist images in a golden gilded frame, and add cushions patterned with stopwatches and top hats. Use luxurious fabrics to contrast with the minimalist furniture and finish the look with the requisite decorative globes or an old-fashioned telephone or two.

Source: UKTV Home


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