Just as in fashion, every year furniture and home décor is updated or we would be living like the Stone Age Flintstones. The design experts and interior designers who are at the top of their field are often tapped to design for elite brands.
There will be a variety of high-end furniture manufacturers and price points; and also a variety of opinions and styles, in addition to new materials and décor; always changing, always evolving. For this year especially we are looking at a more modern vibe (even in the kitchen) and the style on the whole is eclectic. Mid-century modern—from the mid 30s to the 1960s—is a dominant theme and we are seeing gold and metallic in hardware and a lot of natural textures. In furniture you will see clean lines and classic tapered legs.
On the whole, the look is sophisticated—as if you had traveled and acquired objects from around the world.
Color and Prints
Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala, is taking a while to hold firm but that, with neutrals and warm tones seem in. Animal prints (including cow motifs) are so mainstream now they are considered to be “neutrals” and can be used in literally any setting, any time period and any configuration. And funny, but we are seeing antlers and animal-mounted-type heads everywhere in real bone, paper and other fabrications.
(And although we are ready to see the chevron pattern go away, geometrics in fabric pattern is still here.)
There is gold and more gold; and mirror as a fixture still appears for boudoir and bedrooms and entry consoles. Also there are more types of framed mirrors and especially the “spoke-style” mirror (or sunburst) than ever before.
Mixed metals is now a thing in 2015, along with using gunmetal, hammered brass, iron and copper, which are all holding hands in some fixtures.
Saturated tones such as gray (made bigger by the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey), are around, and both Benjamin Moore paints and Ace Hardware Clark Kensington paints have neutrals showing with color families such as blue, blush and berry.
We have noticed that the finishes showing up on wood furniture are “non-finished” meaning, they look as though the finish is au naturel or ever so slightly limed. The neutral finish is showing up in kitchens and although it is akin to natural wood, there are no obvious knotholes or country-style looks. It is sleek and minimal and smooth-as-silk neutral.
Take your cue from the design magazines but don’t be afraid to visit a designer store or design group in your neighborhood. Also make a point of touring spring and summer HomeShows as it is fun to shop and make note of new shapes, colors and ideas.