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Top Summer Design Trends & Styles

Lets discuss some of the hottest trends for Summer 2014. These styles have exploded across the design world and are all likely to stick around for a while. The best part about these looks is that while they are super modern, they are also rooted in classic style and can be worked into the most simple décor, as well as an avant-garde abode.

Honey Toned Wood


This mega trend is a refreshing switch from the darker, espresso hued woods that have reined for several seasons. Paired with white and neutral finishes, honey toned wood can really lighten things up and make a small space seem larger. The honey toned wood trend is also reflective of some of the major design themes of the moment such as “back to nature” and “rustic simplicity”.


“I am excited about the come back of honey wood tones because I think they are easy to maintain and incorporate well into any interior. A medium tone wood is always in style, and mixes easily with other woods.”  – DeidreInteriors.com

At Mohr & McPherson 


Ryder Bedside Chest,  Avery Mini Honey,  Honey/Alberta Taylor Chair


Exposed Nail Heads


This is a versatile and widespread trend that actually dates back to 17th century France and 19th Century England. During these times, furniture was often embellished with nail head or rivet trim as a decorative way to secure materials. Today, this trend can be used to enhance traditional style or to bring a piece in the total opposite direction by making it urban and edgy, depending on the application.

Here are some ideas for getting this trend right.

Pay Attention to Detail:

*The spacing between nail heads in relation to the size of the furniture is important.

*If it fits your budget, always choose metal individual nail heads rather than plastic.

*For a rustic look, nail head trim looks great with textured materials.

At Mohr & McPherson 



Gallant Loveseat (Cisco Brothers),  Rustic Whiskey Tub Chair
Crescent loveseat (Cisco Brothers),  Smoke Armchair


Nature/Mixing of Indoor and Outdoor/Layering of Textures


 This concept never goes out of style, but it has become increasingly popular in the last few years, probably because of the global focus on being healthier and more economically responsible. A simple way to incorporate this trend into your design scheme is to focus on tones, textures and colors. Go for wood surfaces and use natural materials such as exposed brick, stone, bamboo, etc. Live Edge furniture and upholstery that mimics natural surfaces such as moss make great statement pieces. Natural light is also a sneaky way to open up a space and bring the outdoors inside.

At Mohr & McPherson  


banyonLive Edge ConsoleBanyan Vine Sculpture, Mangosteen Coat Rack,  Tribeca Loveseat (Cisco Brothers)


Turquoise and Blues

“It’s all  about blue, and don’t be shy about sticking to one shade either.  Different shades of blue rolling back into each other in the same room will ignite the senses.  Azure, beryl, teal, cobalt, sapphire; a cerulean of blue, folding back into themselves in an ocean of electric design” – freshhome 

At Mohr & McPherson




Pouf Ottoman,  England Chair (Cisco Brothers),  Cabinet,  Wire Stool
Large Bookcase,  Patchwork Overdyed Rug

Interchangeable Accents


“Chameleon décor” is a trend that continues to grow in popularity. This approach to decorating is smart for people who change their minds often, or who are creatively influenced by life changes.


*Choose a versatile and neutral base.
* Change your décor easily with bold, statement accents such as rugs, throw pillows, light fixtures and artwork, while leaving the core pieces untouched.

“I think we’ll see a trend towards chameleon decor. Instead of settling on one fixed look, people will opt for a versatile neutral base and use big-impact accents to easily change their decor.”Arianna Vargas, ariannabelle.com

 At Mohr & McPherson



Mirror,  Winery Chandelier (Cisco Brothers),  Lacquer Coffee table

Vintage and One of a Kind Pieces

One of kind pieces are a huge for 2014. This is an interesting trend because you get to choose it yourself. This is an exciting one for us because Vinatge and one of a kind pieces are our specialty.


“One of a kind or difficult to find pieces will be popular in 2014.  Adding something different, unique and special to your designs is an easy way to put a unique personal accent on a design, which is a refreshing way to separate one from another designer.” – freshhome.com

“Thanks to social media, the lifespan of a trend has been cut in half. We’re all a little overexposed. I think vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces will be highly sought after. It’s the curiosities that make a house a home and keep your guests asking: “Where did you get that?”Lindsay Souza


Dressing MirrorVintage Bookshelf, Antique Ice Machine,  Vintage Trunk

Global Prints


An interesting aspect of tribal patterns is that they can be simple and ultra graphic or very detailed and interwoven in complex layers. You can also find examples of this trend ranging from soft neutrals to bold, vivid colors. This makes this trend versatile and fairly easy to work into anyone’s own personal style.

“There is a certain culture and mystery to these designs that make the geometric patterns so intriguing! It’s also a fantastic way to incorporate nature and texture into your surroundings. Tribal patterns are not necessarily a “new” trend as the African-inspired designs have been around for centuries. It’s the mix of these historic designs with new design influences that make the look so timeless.” – Kim Salmela, paintandpattern.com

 At Mohr & McPherson



Beni Ourain Morrocan Rug,  Kantha Armchair,  Assorted Poufs