Interior Design Trends for 2014

Interior Design Trends for 2014

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Industry professionals at Design Institute of San Diego took a look at some interior design trends for 2014 relating to interior design and architecture.  We found the following to be hot items for the upcoming year.

 The Interior Design Trends for 2014:

 Color Theory Being Applied to Interior Design

The Next Phase of Sustainability

Color has been used for decades to add visual interest, balance, and harmony within a space. Although these are still important aspects in interior design, psychology of color may become an important design consideration for the future. Why?  Once color psychology is understood, interior designers are able to positively affect an individual’s mood, health, and well being.  Believe it or not, color can actually stimulate the economy as well.  Another important trend is taking sustainability to the next level through net zero energy design, green building solutions, and improved residential construction.

Color Theory Being Applied to Interior Design

interior design trends 2014 Hotel Monte Mulini, Rovinj, Croatia
Hotel Monte Mulini, Rovinj, Croatia


Color in relationship to psychology and phenomenology has been studied for thousands of years. We found that interior designers are using color in a very specific way to achieve certain results. Color has always been a way to add emphasis and character to a space; currently it has become more and more important in affecting the individual occupying a space.  Color affects mood, health and well being according to the Huffington PostDesign Institute of San Diego decided to look at the three primary colors and see how these colors are being used in a way that goes beyond aesthetics.



With the constant strive to boost the economy, we found an increasing number of restaurants in 2013 using red within their designs as the color stimulates appetite and increases energy levels.


Interior Design Trends for 2014 Restaurant Landmark Bangkok
Interior Design Trends for 2014 Restaurant Landmark Bangkok


According to GlobeNewswire, stress levels are up 83% in the working people of today.  Research shows that the color blue promotes relaxation and recharges the brain, while also assisting with memory improvement. Using light along with color can create this tranquil atmosphere.


Interior Design Trends for 2014 Blue bathroom location
Bathroom design, unknown location



The color yellow is associated with energy and elevation of spirit and mood. Interior designers use yellow in a variety of spaces especially to promote the shopping experience. Research shows yellow being successfully used in retail projects to grab the shopper’s attention. Seeing more of this color used in the year 2014 is certainly promising.

Interior Design Trends for 2014 Retail shop, Karuizawa, Japan
Retail shop, Karuizawa, Japan


The Next Phase of Sustainability

There is no doubt that sustainability is of the utmost importance in the future of architecture/interior design, and 2014 has some intriguing new technologies that add to the next layer of green design for the future.


Design and Operation of Zero-Net-Energy Buildings

Architects and interior designers are competing worldwide to provide the most energy efficient structures that dominate in LEED certification and green design. The creators of these structures will offer intelligent design solutions that are zero net energy buildings, by incorporating the most sophisticated products of today.

Interior Design Trends for 2014, Ying Yang House, Venice, California
Ying Yang House, Venice, California

The Ying Yang house designed by Brooks + Scarpa is a perfect example of where design is going in 2014 (Net Zero Design) according to the BDC Network. The home is completely self sufficient. A 12kW solar array assists in energy collection and passively shades the spaces. Doors and windows open completely providing natural ventilation. A green roof garden provides insulation and all materials used within the structure and interior are 100% recycled.

Interior design trends for 2014 Ying Yang House, Venice, California
Ying Yang House, Venice, California


A Living, Breathing Facade

Interior design trends 2014 Living, breathing facade
Living, breathing facade

If you have read our previous blog entry on translucent concrete you know that this material has come a long way in its capabilities. Concrete can now be used as a biological layer promoting plant growth. As typical concrete PH levels are high, inhibiting plant growth, new developments are creating “the biological layer of concrete using magnesium phosphate cement that is slightly more acidic and does not require treatment to reduce its pH levels,” allowing mosses and lichens to grow naturally. This advanced technology also allows the building to stay cool in warmer seasons and warm during colder seasons.


PreFab Homes

Prefabricated homes have been around since the 1940s. Recently (over the last few years), with the housing crash and economic struggle, prefab homes have become quite popular. 2014 prefab homes will have additional green features and are becoming cheaper to build.

Interior Design Trends 2014 Mima House by Mima Architects
Mima House by Mima Architects

The Mima house offers a number of interchangeable walls and windows to control function, sun, and proper orientation for maximum comfort.  Those that have read our Living Homes C6 article know that these prefab homes offer many valuable options that contribute toward the future of sustainability.

Interior Design Trends 2014 Breezehouse, Hudson Valley, NY
Breezehouse, Hudson Valley, NY

Blu Homes is building prefab homes that are LEED certified, use solar energy, have energy efficient lighting, low VOC paints, recycled wood, and many other sustainable features. They offer a number of housing prototypes to choose from and incorporate several other green features inside and out.

Interior Design Trends 2014 Breezehouse, Southern California Model Home
Breezehouse, Southern California Model Home


Color has entered an era of meaning and significance when applied to interior design and architecture.  With stress levels rising and instability within the economy, it’s important to make wise color palette choices with today’s projects. Sustainability has been an important issue relating to architecture and interior design and continues to make great strides with improved technology. If architects and interior designers make the effort to understand these ideals, they have the capacity to positively affect individuals occupying the space, while making meaningful design decisions that contribute towards the betterment of our environment.



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