Luckily, you don’t need a crystal ball or psychic to predict home decor trends—just look at current trends and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what will spill over into next year and beyond. While some trends are familiar, there are a couple of pleasant and unexpected surprises in the mix. So, without further ado, here are the standouts in terms of materials, colors and looks to consider for 2015!
Go Big With Blue
Say goodbye to gray! Sherwin Williams has designated Coral Reef as color of the year for 2015. We’re still waiting to hear from the folks at Pantone. However, our gut tells us that blue will play a prominent role in home decor next year. From royal to aqua and everything in between, saturated shades of blue will most likely find their way into your home. Start the year with fortified versions of cool tones like cerulean or steel blue. Our Intel reveals we’ll be spotting fabrics, paint, wallcoverings and accessories in darker shades of blue as we move into fall.
Show Some Skin
Whether you fancy home on the range or under the sea, decorative hides are on the radar for 2015. Who can resist the juxtaposition of a rustic cowhide rug in a sleek, contemporary space? Examples of cowhide rugs, pillows and upholstery these days range from the real deal to fabulous fake skins that look exactly like the genuine article.
Using Shagreen (the hide of rays and sharks) as a decorative material reached its peak during the Art Deco period of the 1920s and ‘30s. Shagreen’s polished pebble texture comes in naturally occurring shades of brown, beige or gray. This exotic and unusual skin can be found covering anything from butler trays and decorative boxes to bookshelves and tabletops. You’ll be happy to know most Shagreen is of the faux variety. Just verify before you buy.
Get into Metals
Thanks to the oversaturation of nickel and chrome in home decor, brass is making a big comeback in 2015. If you were alive during the 1980s, this may not be the best of news. Fortunately, today’s brass is not lacquered or the least bit gaudy. Gone are gleaming brass and glass etageres and coffee tables. In their place are exquisite brass furniture pieces, lighting and accessories from around the globe. Embrace the patina of unfinished brass. It will lend sense of history and elegance to any room.
In addition to brass, other warm metals such as copper, gold and bronze have overtaken silver in popularity. However, if you don’t want to ditch brushed or polished nickel completely, remember it’s quite acceptable to mix metals—just do so in moderation.
Let Nature Inspire
Natural materials will continue to be a hot design trend in 2015. Unrefined elements not only make a space relatable, they add unequaled warmth and depth to your home. Infuse your surroundings with organic textures to create an effortless blending of style and environmental stewardship.
We predict you will be seeing rustic wood panels gracing kitchen backsplashes, feature walls and even built-in shelving to give modern rooms an unexpected twist. Begin exploring the wide variety of sustainable, faux and reclaimed materials available in furnishings and finishes to bring the beauty of nature into your home.
Go Native (American)
Native American (including Alaskan Inuit and Yupik) tribal art provides a fresh spin on global decor for 2015. Frame a decorative woven textile, showcase examples of indigenous pottery or curate a collection of earth-toned throw pillows in native patterns. The cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East continue to be popular design influences, but interior designers are now tapping into Native American artisans for a source of homegrown ethnic inspiration.
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