2014 Seaside Trend Watch
The Trend: Tradition Meets Mod in the Kitchen
Kitchens have been in an almost minimalist phase. We're trending toward a more traditional look with some modern treatments, like a lacquered color or modern hardware.
The Trend: Kitchens in Living Color
The white kitchen is classic; it's never going away, but we're doing fewer of them these days—we're painting kitchens in more color.
The Trend: Open, Efficient Kitchens
It's still important for kitchens to be open, but we're designing really efficient kitchens. The more compact kitchen is a kinder place to cook; you don't wander from one appliance to another.
The Trend: A Kitchen for Living
The kitchen is the gathering place now. It's better to design it that way.
The Trend: Natural Materials
I'm using a lot more hemp, jute, and bamboo silks: They're rugged and connected to nature.
Shop the Trend: Samuel & Sons Canopy Braid, samuelandsons.com
The Trend: A Coastal Classic Gets an Upgrade
There've been huge advancements with sea grass and grasscloth—now they're woven with metallics, printed with design.
Shop the Trend: Phillip Jeffries Voyage Collection Chainlink wallcovering, phillipjeffries.com
The Trend: Mixed Metals
I'm mixing more metals. I don't like seeing every piece of metal in a bath in chrome. Who says metals are supposed to match?
The Trend: Hot Metal
Brass is back.
Shop the Trend: Arteriors Home Edmond Glass/Antique Brass Lamp. Wayfair.com
The Trend: Natural Hardwoods
Lovely gray cerused oak flooring is so elegant. Wood floors are going toward a more natural look.
The Trend: Decorating with Nature
Driftwood is a big interest of mine right now.
Shop the Trend: Driftwood Stick Lamp, Palecek.com for retailers
The Trend: Multiple Outdoor Rooms
On the coast, I think about the outdoors as not just one space. There's a dining room, a lounging area, a fire pit, a gaming area, the kids' area, the cooking area, the prep space: We're spending much of our time living outside.
The Trend: Decorative, Durable Outdoor Fabric
High-performance outdoor fabrics in velvet, chenille, and mohair are amazing! You can't tell the difference between indoor and outdoor.
Shop the Trend: Menton Chenille in Pool indoor/outdoor fabric from Schumacher, fschumacher.com
The Trend: Comfy Outdoor Furniture
I'm seeing a lot more upholstered outdoor furniture. People want the unexpected—basically they want interiors brought outdoors.
—Jeffrey Alan Marks
The Trend: Hot Feature
Fire pits are creating a focal point to draw you outside even if you don't have a great view.
Shop the Trend: CharBroil High Profile Stainless Steel Fire Pit, Wayfair.com
The Trend: Low-Maintenance Landscaping
Now, lawns aren't the end-all of outdoor design. A patio or gravel area can be more useful than a lawn, and it conserves water.
The Trend: Bring the Outdoors In
Fabrics and chairs traditionally made for outdoor use are coming inside. Furniture is easily carryable from one space to another. Flexibility is coming about; that's a design trend over-all.
The Trend: One Bright Punch
I lean to neutrals with a pop of something bright
The Trend: A Sunset-Inspired Hue
Coral is trending. It's the color I most want to add to a blue-and-white world.
Shop the Trend: Coral runner, dashandalbert.com for similar
The Trend: No-fail Color Pairing
Navy is the perfect neutral now. It's hard to find a color it doesn't pair well with. It looks great with chartreuse green, yellow, orange, or purple.
The Trend: Fresh Hue
Green is the color that I'm stuck on. It pairs well with navy; it's fresh.
Shop the Trend: Serena & Lily Dunbar Bucket Chair in Kelly Green, serenaandlily.com
The Trend: Sunny Tone
I'm sensing yellow-oranges, which I haven't seen much before. It's a way to sneak an interesting color in without freaking people out.
Shop the Trend: John Robshaw Yellow Stitched Souk Bolster, johnrobshaw.com
The Trend: Limelight-ing
I'm trending toward mostly simple lighting, but adding one or two showstoppers that make a room
The Trend: Clear Light
I'm using more glass light fixtures. We lit a two-story foyer with glass balls at different heights. At night, the effect almost feels like you're under-water.
The Trend: Favoring Floor Lamps
My clients are taking overhead lights out altogether and going back to floor lamps. They're less inclined to over-light a room.
—Jeffrey Alan Marks
Shop the Trend: Anna Leah Floor Lamp, urbanelectricco.com or 843-723-8140
The Trend: Wispy Window Treatments
Soft printed linens, tone on tone, are on the way in for window treatments. They've jumped from the sheets to the windows.
Shop the Trend: John Robshaw Lapis Printed Window Sheers, johnrobshaw.com
The Trend: Let the Light In
Sheers perfectly encapsulate a coastal environment. We also do a lot of natural woven materials for a layer of privacy.
The Trend: High Style
Ceilings are an important but rarely decorated part of the home. My guest room ceiling is done in teak; I used high-gloss paint in another room.
The Trend: Big Blooms
I'm looking ahead to watercolor florals like the ones seen on those great dresses from the 1950s. Big, blobby flowers—but gorgeous—that look hand-painted on silk.
The Trend: Statement Prints
Block-printing on heavy textiles, with a pattern on a rough weave, is relevant right now as a balance to modern looks.
Shop the Trend: John Robshaw Bungalow pillow collection, from $125, JohnRobshaw.com
The Trend: Dark and Light
“Black and ivory have momentum right now in both apparel and interior design. It’s modern but it’s classic.”