Each year, the housing industry is showered by new trends in terms of design and styling. The year 2014 is no different with predictions coming from various experts and professionals. But how varied will this year be? It all depends in the trends that will surface one after another. Here are the top 5 home design trends to watch and follow this year.Use of neutral base colorsNeutral base colors will be at the forefront of many home improvement endeavors. The ease of matching them with other colors, prints, and patterns make them fantastic options. For instance, sofa sets with neutral base colors will complement throw pillows with prints and patterns. Mixing and matching neutral colors with accents are also best options if you want to achieve varied styling looks in your room without spending too much.Making walls and rooms more dramaticApart from the use of neutral colors in furniture, walls will be given touches of drama, class, and elegance. They will bear darker colors which will become perfect backgrounds for furniture and fixtures that have metallic accents or are metals themselves. The use of dark colors in walls will also pave way for making rooms appear warmer and more inviting. A lot of homeowners who frequently accept visitors are expected to go with this flow.Utilizing intriguing vintage displaysThe lives of vintage displays never stop in a year or more. They are to stay for decades. What make them long-lasting design elements are the intriguing factors behind their existence. Whether they are cabinets, frames, and other vintage pieces, they will surely become great conversation starters among guests. The appeal of vintage art will also fuse with what other interior designers call as urban nostalgia. Figurative and abstract paintings will also become more popular wall displays.Appreciating the beauty of layeringWood, metal, and fabric will become more prominent in layers. More of their appealing combinations will be seen in many parts of the house particularly the living room. The differences in their colors and textures will be great to play with. Considering the beauty and appeal of fabric designs and prints, they will become great accents to wood and metal furniture. When it comes to wood, the less expensive and knotty varieties will become competitors of the expensive fine-grained woods like white oak and walnut. Apart from their use in cabinets, they will also become prominent in floor and wall panels.Going ultramodern with smart home optionsComfortable living will rely more on smart home options. The past years have seen the rise of surveillance cameras and other home security systems. Several homes have also utilized thermostat systems and lighting systems with time sensors. Robotic cleaners with scheduling capabilities and traffic sensors will also become more feasible options to make home cleaning chores easier. Other home appliances will establish greater connections with the smart phones of their owners. More applications will give greater control over their use.These are just five of the many home design trends that will grace the homes of many individuals. More are expected to diversify how homes will look this 2014. The choice is yours to make to impart more beauty to your own living space.