As an interior designer, I am always on the lookout for the latest trends in home design. So heading to the Las Vegas Market to walk the floor, talk with furniture manufacturers and view what’s going to make news this year is a favorite part of my job. Here’s what I found going on in the interior design arena for 2015.
The line between fashion and home design trends is blurring more and more because everything moves quickly. There was a time when it was an average
of one or two years before new fashions and colors started showing up in the interior design world. Now it’s almost instant thanks to the Internet.
For example the 2015 Pantone color of the year is Marsala and it already is appearing in fashion design, paint colors, home accessories and fabrics for window coverings and upholstered furnishings.
Almost everywhere I turned at the Las Vegas Market, modern design with its clean, sleek lines and curves was making a statement. Whether in upholstered goods, case goods or accessories, modern was the theme that dominated. You can see it already appearing in the re-design of hotels, hospitals and even new schools.
Another trend I spotted was natural wood in furniture and accessories. New finishes, such as the weathered beach-gray look, were getting attention. Natural wood in the form of actual tree stumps or cut trees with rings in the wood showed up as tables and other pieces of furniture, particularly by the Phillips Collection, a manufacturer of custom, one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories with a contemporary twist.
Fabulous shiny metals from silver to gold to rose gold were seen in many showrooms. Not only were metal tables plentiful, but glimmering accessories ran the gamut from bowls mounted on the walls to boxes, eggs and candleholders on tables. Complementing all the glitz was the color gray. Consider it the “in” neutral, leaning more towards warmer tones.
A SURPRISING DISCOVERY WAS THE REBOUNDING OF WALLPAPER. ALTHOUGH TRENDING IN EUROPE FOR A FEW YEARS, IT SEEMS TO FINALLY BE TAKING HOLD IN THE UNITED STATES.
A surprising discovery was the rebounding of wallpaper. Although trending in Europe for a few years, it seems to finally be taking hold in the United States. The biggest obstacle for American homeowners was the memory of old wallpaper and how difficult it was to remove it and even apply. However, the new wallcoverings are not only modern and beautiful, but a breeze to apply and even more importantly, easy to take down. In the U.S., wallpaper on an accent wall is the way to go; don’t use it to cover every wall in a room.
Sprinkled throughout the showrooms was the egg theme. Yes, eggs. A large piece of art featuring a bird’s nest with eggs was found in the lobby of the main building. No one could really say where this idea originated but it was interesting and expected to show up in retail stores this year. Judging from the items I saw with the egg theme, it was found mainly in home accessories.
I visited the showroom of Stanley Furniture, a company that Floridians know well, perhaps not by name, but through the select retail stores, like Robb & Stucky, that carry the brand. The Stanley showroom this year was filled with their newest product releases.
Among those perfect for the Florida home was the European Cottage collection, which blends timeless designs and graceful charm. With all the water surrounding Florida, the cottage design is always a good choice.
A new dining collection, the Fairlane, described as luxurious and approachable with more of a soft contemporary look seemed the perfect fit for South Florida where contemporary is already popular.
The traditional Preserve collection is European-inspired, featuring design motifs and a subdued color palette using paint and stain finishes, which always work well in warm-climate homes.
And for the bedroom, the Wicker Park collection has a modern vibe with clean lines and a dark cola-stained finish, giving a nod to the dark rattan that Floridians love.
Watch for these 2015 design trends to start showing up in retail stores, online and in even in your neighbor’s home. Remember trends move quickly.
Diane Leone is an interior designer and a writer based in Florida.
Counterclockwise from top left: Bird nest artwork at the Las Vegas Market; Global Views merchandise display; natural wood tables from the Phillips Collection contrast with metallic accessories.
Fresh, clean designs seen in Stanley Furniture’s Fairlane dining room set combine Luna white with wood surfaces, complemented by a modified Chippendale chair, available through Robb & Stucky. Top right: The Las Vegas Market.
The softer finishes in the Stanley Furniture’s Preserve collection, available at Robb & Stucky, complement Florida’s casual, coastal style.