Christina Kauffman, Realty Times Feature Writer 02/03/2014

From the society to the runway, there are many factors that influence what’s “in” when it comes to Interior Design. In 2014 you can expect an overall collected look- mixing vintage with modern, masculine with feminine and natural elements with bold color and patterns. Here are a few of my favorite trends for the New Year!

In today’s society we are living longer which has allowed for a stronger relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, bringing forth a clean but collected look at home. Vintage, hand-me-down furnishings are modernized using bold color finishes and heirloom items are repurposed for functional use. Handmade crafts are making a comeback! Beautiful calligraphy art and cozy knitted throws will make you wish you had nifty craft skills like Grandma!

Due to today’s level of gender equality, men are spending more time at home and are now participating in design decisions. Therefore, we will see a more masculine influence in the upcoming years. The use of more strong and sturdy materials such as solid concrete in the kitchen and will become more popular.

This also means comfort will become the highest priority. Don’t panic ladies, that definitely does not mean big, bubbly recliners are back in style! Think of masculine design as a fine tailored suit, emulating both comfort and luxury.

Recently, on the runway a new Pantone color palate made it’s debut. Bold colors such as Yellow and Cobalt are trending for women next spring, and they will also become popular at home.


Whimsical accessories, vibrant art and patterned upholstery will sit against a neutral white background. Organic earth tones will also be used along with natural rounded elements like raw metal, wood and stone to keep interiors feeling classic. Color to watch – Pantone Freesia.

Trend For Thought…

Just because something is “in” doesn’t mean you have to like it. If you are intrigued by a new trend, adopt it. If it isn’t love at first sight, forget it.

Don’t be afraid to express yourself at home- if you fall in love with an emerald armchair that a nearby shopper claims is “so 2013”, get it anyway. Not everything in your home needs to match the Jones’. What’s most important is that you are inspired! The best and most comfortable homes reflect the personalities of those who live in them. So naturally, if your guests love you, they are sure to love what you’ve done with the place!


Christina Kauffman, Founder of Jameson Lane. Jameson Lane Interiors serves clients in the Boston and Greater Boston areas.By mixing patterns, colors and styles, we are able to form unique spaces for each client. Our signature style is Eclectic- incorporating both modern and vintage elements in a space creates a comfortable and collected feel.