Fashion is fickle. It wasn’t so long since wallpaper borders and contrasting prints were the height of fashion, and before that, who can forget the avocado green bathroom suites of the 1980s? At the beginning of a New Year we all like to look ahead and predict what might happen over the next 12 months, and although there are always some trends which come like a bolt out of the blue, it is much easier to predict general trends and colour schemes which are likely to increase in popularity in 2015.
Pantone is a company whose name has become known as the industry standard when it comes to replicating colour, not just in the home interiors market but across the worlds of graphic design and fashion. Every year they put together a “Colour Report” which flags up the colours and shades which are going to be most important, and for 2015 we are seeing a definite shift towards a more natural colour palette. Gone are the jewel tones of the emerald green, scarlet and purple, and we are all going to be seeing more of the softer shades of aqua, rose pink, sandy yellows and neutrals like almond. The Pantone Colour of the Year is destined to be a rich shade of burgundy red, which can be used to great effect in the home when combined with neutrals or greys. Expect to see much more of these sorts of colours not only on the catwalk but on the shelves of the paint aisle in your local DIY store too.
Coloured Window Frames
Until recently, your only option when installing uPVC windows was a white frame. White is bright, clean and practical, but can look very out of place on a period property. Expect to see an increasing number of companies offering coloured frames for double glazed units, and especially in darker shades of grey or black. Black window frames are just as easy to clean and care for as white ones, but can make a real impact on the look of your property. Black draws your attention in a way which white does not, and from the inside if you have a view to be proud of from your windows, black can almost act as a “frame” for the view outside. Coloured window frames are a little pricier than standard white at present, but expect prices to come down as they become more popular.
Recycling and Upcycling
Over the last decade we’ve all become more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet, and recycling has become second nature. Thanks to presenters like Kirstie Allsop or George Clarke on Channel 4, we’ve also become more switched on to the idea of rather than chucking away an old table or bookcase, we can transform it into something else, or pass it onto someone else who will. As well as helping reduce the amount of furniture and household goods which go to landfill, this is a great way of reducing costs. All it takes is a little bit of vision and hard work, and there are plenty of television programmes, websites and blogs to inspire you. If you are on a budget, check out this article which will give you other ideas about money saving ways to transform your home.
Lighting is an often forgotten element of interior design, but is going to be big news in 2015 and beyond. A statement light doesn’t have to mean a glitzy chandelier; all lighting retailers now stock a wide range of unusual lights which will make an impact in your home and bring it bang up to date. Remember though that a statement light has to be considered as part of the overall design scheme, and buying a statement light without thinking about the rest of the room at the same time will not have the effect you might hope for. It’s usually better to visit a lighting store to look for a large statement light as it can be difficult to get an idea of scale if you are just browsing pictures online. If you’re spending a considerable sum on new lighting, it’s also worth getting in the professionals to make sure it’s installed properly.
Also sometimes called the “honeycomb trend”, experts all agree that we can expect to see much more use of octagons, hexagons, pentagons and other multi-sided geometric shapes in interior design over the next year or so. Expect to see these shapes popping up on wallpaper and flooring, as well as in the design of oddly-shaped chairs or tables. One note of caution though; this is one of those trends which is likely to disappear as quickly as it appeared, and unless you have the budget to replace furniture in a year or so, it’s probably best to think about using this trend in ways which can be more easily replaced, such as with wallpaper which can be painted over or artwork which can removed when tastes change.
Metallic paint and other home interiors items have been around for many years now, but top designers such as Kelly Hoppen believe that in 2015 we are going to see metallics used in a completely different way. Up until now we have been buying items with just one shade of metal used, but in 2015 this is predicted to change with gold being used in combination with silver or copper. This trend is likely to be seen not only in wallpaper and flooring but also in fabrics. One of the easiest and quickest ways of getting in on this trend is to look out for cushion covers or throws made using a variety of different metallic shades, or to try to source some fabric and make your own. In terms of colour, metallic shades mixed with black is going to continue as a huge trend through 2015 but exercise caution when trying to recreate this look as too much black and metal can be overwhelming. Less is usually more.