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According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, there are risks and benefits of falling in with interior design trends. On the one hand, it’s easy to fall into the trap of choosing stale and outdated pieces that haven’t been “trendy” for a year or more.

On other other hand, trends are an easy way to invigorate environments that have started to feel less lively and fresh. Done right, they can add lasting value to rooms. What are the latest trends when it comes to home furnishings? Here are some you should look for in 2014, as well as what you should steer clear of.

1. Brass is Here

It’s fair to say that 2013 has been the year of brass and copper accents. According to Elle Decor, one reason brass has been so popular is that it has an appealing “gleam and sculptural weight.” It’s golden but not overbearing, and can be used for smaller accent pieces such as vases, or larger pieces like stairways, living room artwork, dining room lighting items and even chairs. Metallic is classic; avoid going out of style by placing your brass in areas that already rely on a warm, rich color palette.

2. The Roaring 20’s Art Deco

Maybe it was The Great Gatsby that helped bring art deco back with a bang. One thing is clear; American design in the form of bold patterns, sunburst motifs, zigzag forms, and intriguing incorporation of plastic is here to stay. How can you bring the studied cool of the 20’s into your home? Look for shades like chrome, glossy black, red and yellow when it comes to discount home furnishings. Geometric patterns are easy to incorporate with dining room drapes and fabric ottomans. Ditch the frames; artwork to fit these theme should be standalone canvas.

3. A Focus on Function

A few notable trends for the past year have related to a growing desire for appliances and furniture to fit their functions better. Quiet dishwashers, for example, are popular; older, noisier dishwashers often forced families to another room. As baby boomers age, appliances change, and this applies to dishwashers as well, which are now often sold with a six inch berth space at the bottom so that less bending is required. Discount home furnishings frequently include couches sold as sectionals that are easy to move apart and put back together in different combinations, depending on how one is planning to use the room.

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