Ex­plorer

What’s Trend­ing?

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY DIANE LEONE

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.

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