CREATIVE INTERIORS By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann

Design and decorating trends for 2014

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Scripps Howard News Service Published:

Goodbye old. Hello new. The new year brings new ideas for design. So what will we be seeing for interiors in 2014? Well, from what I've seen, just about anything goes, but there are some trendy things to consider.

Technology has taken over the world; like it or not, we need to learn to live with it. There is something called a U-Socket. Your phone and pads need to be plugged in all the time to recharge the batteries, so the U-Socket is quite popular because instead of using the wall socket adapter for your devices, the U-Socket allows for two devices to be plugged directly into either the top or the bottom wall socket, leaving the remaining socket available for other things.

It has two built-in USB ports to power items such as iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, e-readers and iPads. It also has a smart sensor that lets it shut off when the device you've plugged in is fully charged. Quite handy.

Jumping to the bathroom, standalone tubs are popular instead of the built-in ones. There are many interesting ones to choose from, and they take up less room than the conventional, tiled-in decks.

As mentioned in a previous article, multigenerational living is popular. Accommodating wheelchairs and having levers instead of knobs on doors is important.

Wall-mounted sinks are good for accommodating wheelchairs, particularly in the bathroom. Motion-sensing faucets are another popular item both for the bath and for the kitchen.

The minimalist look is truly in vogue. The lack of clutter seems to be the reason: Most of our lives are filled with other clutter, so a home that has a simple, uncluttered look is a welcome thing.

Yet the minimalist look doesn't have to be stark and cold. A relaxed look can be achieved easily. The look you like works as minimalist

d├ęcor simply by clearing out and minimizing what is in the room.

Geometric patterns are still in, but in a soft way, coupled with classic, floral patterns. For example, if the sofa has a geometric pattern on the upholstery, adding floral pillows will complement and modernize the look. Or if there are throw pillows on the sofa that are of a geometric pattern, the addition of floral pillows will balance the look.

Accessories are where your personality should shine. Make the accessories talk about you, perhaps even to provoke conversation. A collection of elephants, sports paraphernalia, or anything that says "you" should be displayed with pride.

And finally, wood, metal and stone are still good and very popular for 2014.

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