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As we pass the middle point of the year the predictions already in are pointing to a continuation and extension of organic colours and further mixing of quite different and fragmented elements to create some great new interior design looks.

The more neutral organic shades such as beiges and a liking for all things green have been some of the colour characteristics of this design year, with the addition of some bolder, summer and holiday inspired colours such as yellows and rich blues leading into next year.

Patterns are set to make a comeback in 2014 and these could take the form of Pop Art style patterns or patterned wallpapers with a vintage aspect to them while avoiding the more tasteless side of retro – more 80s than 70s.

In the kitchen there is likely to be a continuation of the less clinical and the more tasteful side of ‘homely’. This means a further embracing of more natural and organic materials, colours and finishes.

Fixtures and fittings are likely to continue incorporating a mixture of old and new. Some commentators suggest a likelihood of classical style items mixed in a fun way with items from other periods whereas more ambitious commentators suggest a fragmented and yet coherent layout.

The Finer Details

Some of the finer details are often overlooked on broad brush predictions so let’s take a closer look at the implications for door handles.

An often overlooked but clearly visible and frequently used feature of any room is the door handle. Just as you can transform the look of old kitchen units by giving them new kitchen cabinet handles so can you leave the design look of any room unfinished or dragging its feet in the past by not attending to the door handles.

James Gumersell of online door handle retail specialists gives us his predictions from now into 2014.

“Antique elements and period features are making their way back into our homes. This means that brass, bronze finish or crackle glaze porcelain finish door handles and door knobs are good choices. People are also experimenting more with handles that have vintage origins but fit really wells in a contemporary setting such as the crystal and glass faceted or smooth door knobs. These are optical grade glass, frosted or clear, available in a range of colours. In their own small way they add a hint of glamour to a room.”

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