Cemintel™ presents Design Trends 2014, an essential resource for architects and designers that allows them the freedom to create and explore the unexpected in good design.

Cemintel’s Design Trends 2014 predicts the colours, textures, materials, finishes and styles that will soon be in vogue in home interiors and exteriors. Design Trends opens up the creative scope for architects and designers to explore the design palette and create amazing outcomes for their clients.

Urban Industrial

Industrial Evolution, a forecasted colour trend by Colourways for 2014-2015 based on the colours and textures featured for many years in industrial areas, is now being brought into the home. The industrial look is achieved through the integration of raw materials, along with the colour group of greys, blues, bone and greens that achieve both comfort as well as contemporary chic.

Natural Imitation

Design and material preferences are, to a large extent dictated by the environment, especially the lifestyle and climate. Designers constantly look to Mother Nature for inspiration to create tranquil spaces. Current colour palettes are also influenced by naturally occurring features such as stone, trees, bark, foliage and waterways, translating into a canvas of stony tones, warm greys, taupes, light browns and charcoals. Fibre cement products not only replicate natural materials such as timber in appearance and texture but also come with the added benefits of low maintenance, cost-effectiveness and high durability.

Outdoor/Indoor Merge

Design Trends 2014 forecasts the use of outdoor styles in interior design as lines continue to blur between the materials traditionally used internally and externally. Textures such as stone and timber are increasingly being integrated into interior surfaces, creating stunning results.

The use of raw textures such as stone and timber contrasting sharply against the soft furnishings and lighting creates dramatic spaces that feel warm and comfortable. Examples of traditional external products being used in unique ways include blade walls running from the front façade through to the entry, fireplaces, bedroom walls, living/family rooms, alfresco areas and even in retail fitouts.

Australian Contemporary

Australian Contemporary is inspired by Australia’s unique geography and modern lifestyle. Firmly rooted in the country’s natural, coastal environment, this design trend incorporates lightweight aesthetics with a variety of natural materials, combining them with wide-open, well lit spaces to create truly impactful interiors.

Contrasting Materials

The use of contrasting materials introduces an element of surprise but is able to achieve striking results thanks to the skilful integration of various contrasting materials in unexpected and unusual ways. Architects, for instance are blending contemporary products with older and more traditional styles to attain a beautiful balance. Using a modest palette of fibre cement cladding such as the raw cement look of BareStone alongside natural timber, glass and metals is one example.