We’ve had a chance to check out some of the other entries in the 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes, and we can safely say that this year’s collection of building and design teams are some of the best. Walking through each unique home gave us tons of ideas and inspiration: One of the reasons we love the Parade each year.
Of course, whether you’re planning on building or you’re just looking for ways to spruce up your nest, a few clear interior design trends emerged from this year’s crop of homes. Use these ideas to freshen up your home, or bring them with you when you meet with our interior design team to nail your perfect look.
1. Textured Wallpaper
Hey, this ain’t your Grandma’s wallpaper. And while you might think of the ’70s when you imagine all-over wall coverings, the 2014 version is much more modern. We love the way this textured barnwood paper turned out in this charming girl’s room. The trick to making wallpaper modern? Choose a light, subtle pattern and use it one or two feature walls.
2. Bold Florals
A positively inspired way to add a pop of color to a room, florals add a bright touch to an otherwise neutral palette. These chairs work because the pattern is oversized and graphic, so it makes a bold statement. We love the way they brighten up this room (Added bonus? The fabric is easy to keep clean and hides “everyday life” well).
3. Pop of Coral
If there was an “it” color for this year’s Parade, it would be a toss-up between coral and turquoise. Bright and unexpected, it pairs perfectly with your favorite neutrals. We were pleasantly surprised to the reaction toward our bright, melon-hued front door. One visitor even said that she knew our home would be a good one based on the curb appeal alone. What better way to start off a home tour?
4. Text Accents
Accessories are what really makes a house a home and we’re obsessed with text accents this year: Placed around your home, they serve as reminders to your family and just happen to look amazing, too. Throw pillows, coasters, light-up marquees and plaques are all big this year (and super easy to find at your favorite home decor store).
5. Feature Backsplash
The kitchen is the anchor of every home we design, so it’s not surprising that our Parade home kitchen had to be something special. Covering the entire backsplash with a complicated pattern might be too busy (especially for a more moderately-sized kitchen), but we love the way this feature backsplash turned out. It gives the kitchen the perfect focal point for maximum impact and just enough personality.
6. Craft Rooms
Who wouldn’t want a dedicated space to house all of that stuff that makes you feel like Martha? From scrapbooking to sewing, craft rooms were a big deal this year at the Parade.
Of course, we aren’t all lucky enough to have an entire room set aside for crafting. Luckily, a creative solution might be enough to get your creative juices flowing when you combine a space-saving laundry room with smart storage. Hey, crafting while washing your whites? We’d say that’s killing two birds with one (decoupaged) stone.
7. Sliding Barn Doors
The best thing about swapping traditional doors for a sliding barn door design? It works with just about any home style. From rustic to modern, they look completely at-home with a variety of elements – they can even save space for a more open feel.
8. Industrial Fixtures
This fixture caused a stir in the bathroom, and we loved the feedback we got: Mostly from visitors asking where we got it! Industrial lighting is a simple way to add a little something special to a room. Your home doesn’t need to have an industrial flair to make these work: They look completely at home in a contemporary or even vintage design.
9. Freestanding Tubs
Who wouldn’t want to slide into this bath for a soak (and enjoy the view!) Large, jetted tubs are being replaced with vintage-style freestanding tubs, which add a note of style and allow for a freestanding shower as well. Clean lines and a lack of clutter make this tub a total end-of-day oasis.
10. Light and Bright
If this year’s Parade had a theme, it would definitely be “light and bright.” Designs showcased natural lighting, while cabinets, paint and flooring choices made each space look bright and spacious. High ceilings and amazing fixtures create an airy kitchen and dining area that is practically begging for breakfast– sunny-side up, of course.
We loved seeing the different design elements all come together to create a cohesive look with plenty of personality. And we were in awe of some of the amazing ideas we saw when walking through some of the other homes too. Congrats to all of the designers who showcased their work!
That’s it for our favorite trends. What design elements did you notice when you were walking through the homes?
(Photos courtesy of the 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes and @hiyapapayamommy)