Monday, December 29, 2014

Design Trends for 2015

Design Trends for 2015

As 2014 is coming to an end it is time to think about what are the trends for 2015 in interior design.

I love looking at trends and I am very excited to see what is becoming popular in residential design for 2015. Most trends start in fashion & transition into interior design.

Below are a few trends I am seeing used more and more in commercial and residential design.

Beige is dead!  White, Gray, and Black are the go to neutrals.

The use of beige has been over used for years and it is now tired and it is time for the cooler neutrals to be on top.  It does typically take 10-15 years for color trends to move from warm to cool neutrals. (cold grays in the 80's and then the move to beige in the 90's and then to taupe in the 00's).  We are now in the middle of the 10's and gray is huge!

I have also seen a big white trend that started a few years ago when apple products dominated our lives.  White trim and other white accents have been a simple and sophisticated way to update your space.  I use white in commercial and residential design and it really has replaced the old school beige.

The use of gray walls and accents in metals have been gaining ground the last few years.  Gray & Charcoal have been replacing the chocolate browns of the last 10 years.  I have started to use it more in more in my current projects and I love the cooler neutral with the white accents and it brings any wood color to life!

If you are looking for a simple way to freshen up your land of beige, paint it gray instead and it will look amazing!

The most current trend I have been seeing pop up in 2014.  It is used in trim, accents and metal details.  It is a wonderful way to add richness and a more masculine touch to a space.  The dark strong use of black creates an amazing contracts to white and the warm wood tones which is being used more and more.  Also the growing rustic trend is bringing black back.

Rustic Woods

The last few years, more and more people are using rustic, reclaimed and vintage wood in their design.  I first used it in 2012 in my Toronto office project and then in my house in 2013 and I keep seeing it more and more.

I love the use of a more rustic wood used in spaces since it creates a more cozy and rich space.  Any wood type works and it is more about the texture of the wood.

Gold Accents

As we have been seeing gold back in fashion it is also slowly coming back used in small accents in interior design.  I don't think we are ready for the full on brass as we saw in the 80's but simple gold accents in fixtures, lighting and decor are a wonderful way to freshen up your space.  Gold accents look most current when used with white, rustic woods and black.  I would watch out by using them with the honey oak of the 80's since that will not look current and just look dated.

Wall Texture

Another trend I am seeing is the use of textured wall paper.  I used to hate wallpaper since it brought back many memories of 80's/90's wallpaper but the new use of texture on walls is great.  It is an easy way to add more warm and your own personality into a space.  I use fabric  and wood panel walls in commercial design to create this look.

In residential design, I am seeing rustic wall panels used and so many wonderful nature or geometric patterns in the wallpapers.  I am thinking of using a textured wallpaper or wood wall pattern in my own home at some point. 

There are so many different options out there so find what speaks to you best and what works with your space and design aesthetic.

Pastel Accents

One of the big trends fashion this spring of 2015 is the use of pastel colors.  I have been seeing it used more and more in interior design.

It has been done well in a more country style but the use of pastel mint or blue have been working well in modern design.  Use it with white and gray and in small amounts to freshen up a space.

The Death of Home Theaters 

In the last few years, the price of large flat screen TVs have dropped a ton and the more integrated living room is killing the home theater trend.  Projectors are now more expensive and less flexible than large TVs and the dedicated space for just watching movies or sports is not as popular.

I am seeing the want for a larger main TV at the heart of the home is becoming more desired which creates more flexible for families as they grow, age, and change.  Also the more integrated technology in our homes is making it more important to have a flexible space for watching TV, using apps, and other sharing of information on our mobile devices.

I will be using more black accents in my home and the use of more neutral and textures instead of accent colors in my commercial projects in 2015

What trend are you going to try in 2015?