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Designers around the country spot new trends in color, accessories, window treatments

Home decorating magazines aren't the only places to find interesting angles and helpful tips: For regional trends, you might want to check local and national newspapers.

Simple and natural
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported sightings of practical and renewable designs and a "less is more" mindset, and talked to award-winning Austin designer Pablo Solomon, who encouraged an uncluttered approach focusing on quality, not quantity, in selecting furnishings, artwork and floor coverings.

Natural is always in style, and this season you can integrate pillows embellished with feathers and lamps adorned with faux gems, along with tall plants and pots of herbs, into any decorating motif.

Bold and blush - and white
For the Santa Fe New Mexican, no report of trendy styles would be complete without a discussion of contrasts, in color and furnishings. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn pointed to the return to the 1980s' use of soft pinks - blush tones - that he likes to combine with bold, masculine accents. He told the paper that he contrasts his favorite blush paint with navy blue.

"The deep, rich personality of the navy actually washes out the blush, almost causing it to look white, and the overall effect is fresh and gorgeous," he stated.

For other designers, white itself is back in fashion. Los Angeles designer Betsy Burnham told the Santa Fe New Mexican that white is back in a big way.

"I used to think white walls looked unfinished," she admitted. "But I've completely come around on this one, because white is the ultimate palette cleanser. It gives every space - even the most traditional - a modern edge, and sets the stage wonderfully for layers of color in upholstery, accessories, area rugs and art."

Decor: Anything you want it to be
The Wall Street Journal spoke with interior designers about the key trends for 2014, and identified several that were rather remarkable. One is "books as decor," and San Francisco designer Scot Meacham Wood suggested we shouldn't think of them as reading material at all.

"It's a statement about not reading," he said, referring to books selected for their matching dust jackets and stacked into a colorful tabletop arrangement.

Decor is no longer defined by draperies, either. Sheer window treatments are taking center stage, designers told the Journal.

"Everyone wants greater transparency and more light," concluded New York designer Celerie Kemble.

She isn't referring to thin polyester versions, however: This year's sheers are in rich linens and wool, and you can add coordinating switch plates and plug covers with a refreshing linen motif.

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