One of the best things about this time of year is the sense of newness in every facet of life – the housing industry is no exception. I have so much fun every year researching the upcoming trends. 2015’s fashions are really exciting and I’ve compiled a pretty comprehensive list for a two-part series on Trends for Your Home. This month, let’s look at color and décor predictions for homes in 2015!
When you talk about color trends, the obvious starting point is Pantone’s Color of the Year. This year, the experts at Pantone have chosen Marsala, a warm brownish red. After a parade of bright, cheery colors over the past decade Marsala is certainly a marked change of pace. Pantone explains their choice, “The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.” Marsala doesn’t have to be heavy or depressing and is a beautiful compliment to several different shades of blue.
Speaking of blues, another gorgeous color trend is the use of Mediterranean blue, both as an accent and – although not for the faint of heart — as a glossy wall color. Either way, the effect is striking and surprisingly light for such a bold color. Mediterranean blue is being used in living and dining rooms with greys and/or pinks. Additionally, many interior design experts are predicting a revisit to a 60s color palette, especially the use of olive green in the kitchen.
Finally, the primary prediction for home exterior colors is that bold paint choices will become popular in the DC area in 2015. This trend isn’t for everyone or for every house, but if you’ve always wanted a standout home, consider a shade like one of these from Behr’s Deep Dreams collection with a vibrant contrasting door. After all, it’s only paint!
There are several fun new design predictions for 2015 and several of the “out with the old, in with the new” variety. Designers are calling for the replacement of chevrons by bright, beautiful ikats. If you love the stark contrast of chevrons, try a bright ikat on a white fabric. If you’re ready for real change, try an exotic double ikat for a statement piece like a rug. Also on their way out are solid, painted accent walls. Don’t be sad to see them go, though, since the new trend is beautiful, whimsical wallpapers! Wallpaper is easier to apply, reposition and remove than you probably remember and patterns are more open, airy and fun. Try one accent wall with wallpaper to avoid the stuffy grandmother’s parlor look.
Another area of home décor that’s getting a makeover is fixtures. Brushed nickel has been the standard for years now, but there’s a move toward gold fixtures (think gold leaf rather than brass) and mixed metals. Actually, mixed metals are showing up throughout homes with ultra-luxe results. Gold, silver, rose gold and even copper are being used for chairs, dressers, headboard and even kitchen backsplashes for a surprisingly harmonious look. You can even incorporate the gold and mixed metal trend in the next trend — statement lighting. Large, artistic chandeliers are reported to be the next big thing in 2015!
The last two trends pair nicely – cowhide rugs and eco-friendly furniture made of reclaimed materials. While cowhide rugs (even faux-hide rugs) may not be for everyone, reclaimed wood furniture is so lovely, warm and inviting that its environmental benefits are just icing on the cake. The trend is also good news for all of the do-it-yourselfers; I know my Pinterest account is chock full of ideas for end tables made of reclaimed pallets. Either way, reclaimed wooden furniture is the denim of home décor; it can be styled up or down depending on your preference.
Given all the fun new design trends, this year is really looking up for those of us who want to freshen our current home décor. If you’re interested in these color and interior design trends, keep an eye out for Part 2 of this article in February where I’ll tell you about some of the exciting 2015 trends for new home construction and ways to be sure that your new home will be tech-friendly in the years to come!