Home Interiors – Design Trends 2014


In 2013, home furniture and in particular wardrobes were designed to suit the limitations of the knowledge, tools and skills of the carpenter and were produced on-site.

Wardrobe designs were limited by the use of traditional hardware (hinges) and materials (plywood, laminates, veneers). Moreover, modern hardware such as sliding door systems and space organizing accessories, including the use of a variety of modern finishes.

In 2014, specialized furniture manufacturers will propel India into a new age of design and production of customized furniture, placing India at the precipice of design trends with sliding wardrobes. 2014 will see an increasing trend towards factory made furniture that utilizes modern materials and finishes to offer a contemporary European look. An increased use of modern furniture created in factories and assembled in homes in India is predicted.  This is not surprising since there is a dearth of reliable carpenters to meet the increasing urbanization and housing demand in urban India. Modern factories in India collaborating with European furniture makers will be able to offer technically superior furniture at a more affordable price.


In 2014,   a trend towards simpler rooms with sliding door wardrobes is predicted. Sliding door wardrobes are integrated wall-to-wall designs with larger doors that use neutral colors and back-painted glass to offer an unobtrusive look. The result is an entirely new and simple, yet diverse, rich and clean look.


2013 wardrobe internal design trends were over- simplified with just shelves and drawers. 2014 will see a vast variety of functional and organizing accessories being used, with wardrobe designs centering on lifestyle personalization.


Sliding door wardrobes have been in use in developed countries for the last 2 decades and now, they come to India.  A vast range of organizing accessories and the use of CAD software will enable sliding door wardrobe designs that can almost “double” space utilization. The average room in urban homes, primarily apartments, has become smaller and it is evident that Indian homeowners cannot afford to lose space with regular hinge doors. Sliding door wardrobes will maximize the use of space room space, even allowing you to have a bigger bed in a small room.


In India, Year 2014 will usher in a new era of both design trends and furniture production capabilities. Builders are increasingly offering niches in walls for wardrobes.    Modern “Built-in” wardrobe designs reduce wastage of expensive boards during construction, reducing overall costs and creating more room space. The savings can be invested in organizing accessories, further enhancing the space utilization in wardrobes.  The new design trends will include the use of function specific sliding doors wardrobes specifically suited to passageways, living rooms, pantries, kid rooms and bathrooms.  This is an example of how a generic product sliding door wardrobe when customized serves the diverse functional requirements of a home.The increasing use of sliding door wardrobes will be at the forefront of these changes. Contemporary European style wardrobes, that are simple, elegant, customized to suit diverse functional needs, affordable, with better finishes, will be the trend in 2014.


Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) will integrate into software, with CAM receiving designs from CAD, enabling seamless integration between a showroom and factory. This software-enabled process will enable the delivery of complex designs with precision. Even customers who cannot afford professional interior designers will be able to create personalized wardrobes for their home. This allows them to acquire affordable, spacious and high quality factory finished furniture and have it installed by professional installers within 4 weeks. 2014 will see the trending use of specialized CAD/CAM-enabled delivery, encompassing processes from the design to production. Additionally, modern showrooms will use CAD/CAM software to enable the interactive design and rapid visualization and customization of modern furniture.


In 2014, the use of bright colors in homes, will be increasingly replaced by neutral colors and pastel shades.  While the colors and finishes on each piece of furniture will match, they may not necessarily use the same material and colors. Back painted glass will become increasingly used in sliding door wardrobes, giving a richer feel and reducing maintenance costs. Used effectively, the neutrality allows for a large range of furniture designs to match well with both the room’s wall paint and the wardrobe.


In 2014 wardrobe designs will witness a fusion of a variety of materials and finishes, creating aesthetics that are pleasing and dramatic yet contemporary.  The use of double textures and colors in sliding door wardrobes will also become common place in 2014. In 2014 wardrobe designs will witness a fusion of a variety of materials and finishes, creating aesthetics that are pleasing and dramatic yet contemporary.  The use of double textures and colors in sliding door wardrobes will also become common place in 2014. The need for higher degree of customization, faster furniture delivery and better finishes can only be satisfied by technology-driven furniture design, production and professional installation using modern tools.

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