Home Design Trends // Rattan

Rattan is the name for nearly 600 species of palms that are native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. While wildly popular in the 70’s, wicker furniture first became all the rage in England and America during the 17th and 18th centuries, and it’s coming back with a vintage vengeance!

Woven Cane Side Table, Mecox

Decorative Pillow, Horchow

Wegner Circle Chair, Danish Design Store

Home Design Trends // Chain Link

Chains are everywhere—from patterns on pillows to prints on plates, this is the must-have look of the moment. Check out some of our picks for on-trend, yet classic pieces for your home:

Paxton End Table, Arteriors Home

Betty June Mirror, Currey & Company

Chain Link Floor Lamp, Zinc Door

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Chain Link Curtain, William Lyon Design Studio

Home Design Trends // Copper Accents

When people think of copper in their homes, kitchenware and plumbing pipes are what usually come to mind. But that perception is about to change. While copper plumbing and wiring continue to perform in the home, the aesthetic beauty and durability of copper are making it the material and color of choice for home décor and accents inside and out.

Copper Pendant Lamp, Tom Dixon

Copper Chair, Blu Dot Furniture

Copper Cutlery, Sambonet

Copper Plates

Home Design Trends // Matte Finish

Goodbye, lacquer; sheen-free is the finish to lust after. Glossy sheens have been replaced by chic matte finishes as the coating of choice for home decor accents. Matte, as a finish, has been a short-lived trend that’s popped up periodically since the 70’s, but it seems like this time is could be here to stay. Check out our favorite matte-finished looks:

Eames Molded Plastic Armchair, DWR

Knox Mint Sconce, Crate & Barrel

Almoco Matte Finish Flatware, DWR

La Cornue CornuFe 1908 Stove, Williams-Sonoma

Home Design Trends // Concrete

The design world’s latest darling is concrete, and this utilitarian material is now being used in unexpected and unusual ways. Concrete looks great contrasted with soft textures, such as velvet cushions/curtains, or fake-fur throws. Modernists love to mix it with glass, metals and wood. Warm colors and mood lighting will soften the look and highlight the texture. Below are some beautiful pieces we’ve found that could make themselves at home anywhere:

Concrete Bowls, Katharina Eisenkoeck

Concrete & Brass Lamp, Clayton-Gray Home

Concrete Dining Table, Hart Concrete Design

Concrete Fire Pit, Pinterest

Home Design Trends // Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

Pantone, a global authority on color, recently picked Radiant Orchid, a purple hue with pink and fuchsia undertones, as the 2014 color of the year, replacing the 2013 color, emerald. In the upcoming year, the purply rose will undoubtedly influence the world of fashion and interior design. Rich, deep, and a bit enigmatic, it can give off a glamorous, jewel-toned effect, while also having the ability to create depth and movement. See below for a few items we’d reach for to incorporate this gorgeous hue.

Silk Ikat Pillow, Michele Varian

Ovo Lamp, Lamps Plus

Wool Rug, ABC Home

Home Design Trends // Painted Floors

Applying paint to the ground has had a long history of enlivening rooms. A solid color can conceal unsightly cracks and highlight furnishings, while a geometric design or faux-stone motif adds instant drama. A painted floor is also a less expensive alternative to replacing surfaces entirely—so don’t be afraid to tackle wood, concrete, or even terra-cotta tiles.

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Photo: Pinterest

Photo: House Beautiful

Home Design Trends // Bone Inlay

For centuries craftsmen have relied upon inlaid bone to add surface dazzle. Designers today have continued to find fresh ways to feature the material. The art of bone inlay is specific to the Udaipur region of India, where this meticulous skill is handed down from generation to generation. Three craftsmen are employed to make a piece of bone inlay furniture and the process can take weeks.

Furniture and objects inlaid with bone are almost always personality pieces and even small items can have a major impact: Here are some pieces that we like:

Tray, Serena and Lily

Two-Drawer Chest, Roberta Roller Rabbit

Box, One Kings Lane

Console, Liza Sherman

Home Design Trends // Hexagons

A hexagon is a geometric shape with six equal sides. Since they fit together without any space between them, bees use them to make their honeycombs, so you’ll also hear hexagons referred to as a honeycomb pattern. These days, hexagons are making a comeback with a more modern, hip twist.  From flooring to pillows, rugs, lighting, wallpaper, furniture and accessories, hexagons are everywhere and we think this fun shape is the bee’s knees!

Honeycomb Bud Vase, ABC Home

Towel Ring, Urban Outfitters

Brass Knob, Nest Studio 

Home Design Trends // Faux Antlers

Antlers have been popping up everywhere lately, prompting some to see the trend as a hipster fad. But wall-mounted antlers have been around since the days of Victorian parlors.  Take a look at the many ways designers have been putting them to use:

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Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: DWR