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Interior Designer Glenna Stone's Design Tips and Trend Predictions


With a new year comes a fresh slate of design trends destined to have lasting impacts. Glenna Stone is putting her money on a certain shade of blue becoming the Pantone Color of the Year. The Chestnut Hill-based interior designer has seen various hues, from midnight navy to turquoise, turning up on everything from upholstery to accessories. Blue will be sharing the spotlight with pops of orange and mustard yellow. “I think we’re going to see some influences from the ’60s,” Stone predicts. “Those colors will work great with blue.” 

Stone also has high hopes for patterns showcased at New York Fashion Week in September. “I see a lot of the bigger-scale plaid, as opposed to the smaller scale—plaid used as more of a graphic pattern,” she says.

Leopard and other spotted animal patterns should find a place in 2014 homes. And one can never rule out fur and cowhide textures. “I always think some type of animal print—not necessarily everywhere—gives a room a little bit of interest,” says Stone. “Fur adds that element of texture to a space, making it more three-dimensional.”

Pleats have also made a comeback in the fashion world, so expect interiors to follow suit—especially when it comes to upholstery. Stone sees stacked pleats down the sides of chairs and in sofa skirts as leaving a lasting impression on the Main Line because of their more traditional implications. 

In terms of furniture trends, homeowners are making room for bar carts in their living rooms, now that everyone from West Elm to Barbara Barry have added them to their lines. “A lot of people are scaling down right now, so they might not have room for a huge bar area,” says Stone. “A bar cart solves that problem.” 

And in the dining room, glass, metal andreclaimed wood are making appearances. “People are starting to look at dining room tables as a real statement pieces in their homes,” Stone says.