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2014 home decor trends and 8 easy ways to work them into your style

Home décor look books and sneak peeks have been taunting us for months and finally, with the holidays over, we can move forward in transitioning our home décor in 2014.

Chicago Shopping sought out what is trending in the realm of fine furnishings and talked with home decor blogger Danielle Driscoll, east coast connoisseur of home décor and up-cycling, at to clue us in on the style movement for 2014.

From the Pantone color of the year to historic busts, Chicago Shopping presents a list of 8 home décor trends for 2104 that will give you an immediate idea for the pulse of furnishings and embellishments for the year, drawing style from your pores and bring your space to the next level.

1. Radiant Orchid

An all-around flirtatious hue, Radiant Orchid pairs with traditionally masculine colors such as olive and hunter green, according to Pantone. If you are looking for a softer palette, the company also suggests paring it with light yellow and turquoise.

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Pantone brags, “This vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.”

2. Jewel tones in the kitchen

Move over living room, the kitchen has arrived and is taking on multiple functions. Not only are we preparing meals, the kitchen now gives us an urgency to embrace the everyday with gusto. Cooking, serving, and celebrating is not enough if you don’t have the right venue to support your vision. Long gone are the humdrum fixtures and flat cabinets of yesteryear.

Think brilliant global colors: emerald green, ruby red, topaz yellow, sapphire blue, tourmaline green, turquoise blue, and amethyst purple.

Cupboards instead of cabinets, my friend, painted in rich gemstone colors. Accents abounding with brass, but not the mundane brass of the 90’s – we’re talking rustic, dull and purposefully hammered brass. Light fixtures that immediately distract and bring on the oohs and aahs you’ve been waiting for.

Forget “modern kitchen”. Bejeweled means capturing an intent, introducing tones only the bold dare to bring into home décor.

3. Chesterfield sofas

A classic piece, the Chesterfield Sofa is known for its distinguished buttons and quilted leather upholstery with the arms and back of the sofa crafted at the same height. “Pottery Barn is now offering one but I have my heart set on a Distinctive Chesterfield from England,” says Driscoll.

4. Honey

There are more than 45,000 inspirational ideas for “honey tones” on, a website that provides home design advice. From wood floors and rugs to trim and side tables, honey is pleasantly oozing into décor and sticking like glue. Honey-colored paint is versatile and can warm up a dining room or bring new life to terra cotta. Honey, historically considered to be the nectar of the gods, is making a rich impact in home décor for 2014.

5. Corduroy

A durable cloth, corduroy is typically known as being part of a wardrobe in the form of pants or a blazer - and you either love it or hate it. In décor on the other hand, used as the fabric for a couch or chair brings an immediate cozy and rich element to any room. 

6. Knots

Macramé is back? YES, this widespread trend from the 60’s is sweetly rolling back into homes in the form of anything and everything. An arrangement of textile making that creates knots instead of weaving, macramé dates back to the 13th century. If you are up to the task of doing it yourself, only your imagination holds you back from adding a macramé accent to everything in your house.

7. Quirky accessories and statement pieces.

“People are really looking to add statement pieces to their home,” says Driscoll. And, quirky can mean anything from bright wallpaper murals to kitschy lamps. Either one will provide fantastic conversational pieces for your home.

8. Busts

Lifestyle site, noted that busts, popular in the Greek, Roman, Asian, and ancient Egyptian periods of history are prevalent décor options for 2014 and we couldn’t agree more.  Restoration Hardware has a variety of busts including hand-carved wood, Greek gods and goddesses. But you can often find these items at flee and vintage markets. is a great online source for busts. 

“With all these trends, I really think it is important to follow what you like,” says Driscoll. “If you decorate your home with things you love then it will always be in style and you'll always love it because it is you.”

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