2015 Trends in Interior Design – The Art of Space Take
In the fashion industry, a comparative handful of designers try to dictate what the trends will be. A lot of ink (and electrons) are devoted to “what so-and-so is showing this year.” Of course, we, the public, have the ultimate decision of what “sticks” in the marketplace. But, even at that, high fashion trends are a top-down proposition.
I’ve always loved that the opposite is true in interior design. There are an infinite number of ideas that any person with an interest in design can filter through and emulate, from Houzz to Sherwin Williams to Pinterest and beyond. Because of that, interior design trends tend to have more of a bottom-up trajectory. Designers keep abreast of as many offerings as possible, then we experiment, suggest and recommend. Ultimately, YOU tell us what’s hot and what’s not.
Here’s what you’ve been telling us about trends in interior design trend for 2015:
Blurring of Styles
The lines between traditional, contemporary, retro, etc., are blurrier than ever. People are pulling away from dogmatic approaches and looking for more authenticity. They’re blending periods, styles, materials, old, and new. Interiors have become more about curating your own personal one-of-a-kind look than marching in lockstep to the beat of a category drum.
Mixing Prints & Patterns
This can take some experimentation, but that’s half the fun. Some seemingly ridiculous combinations may come together perfectly in the context of your overall design. Others that you thought were no-brainers may fall flat. Experiment – fearlessly.
Reclaimed Materials & Clean Lines
This trend can lend a rustic, comfortable vibe to a space. Distressed furniture, shabby chic pieces and repurposed barn wood are trending. There are more and more craftsmen making new furniture from old lumber than ever before. To pull all of these eclectic pieces, patterns, and textures together into a unit, clean, crisp lines are a great “glue.”
Once, a homeowner would choose a single metal finish for an entire home. You’d pick brass, chrome, silver, or gold and use it everywhere. Door knobs, chandeliers, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures were all the same! But as new colors and finishes were introduced over the last 10 years, lines became blurred. With less contrast between metals it became more pleasing to the eye to use them together and mix them up.
The real beauty of the seven fundamentals of The Art of Space is the fact that they work flawlessly with any trend, fad or wave that sweeps into the marketplace. Using timeless design principles to incorporate new materials, patterns and textures into our spaces is what makes both our homes and our passion for design so exciting.