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Interior Design Style and Trend Predictions for 2015

Styles come and go both in fashion and interior design. There are some trends we love, and some we don’t but despite what you think of modern retro sixties style chairs or rustic Tuscan inspired paint finishes, you can be sure in ten years from now, designers and manufacturers will be onto the next big thing.
Victorian, Italian, shabby chic, French country: these are styles that have enjoyed their popularity over the years. And once a popular style has worn out its welcome it looks plain dated.







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2015 will see gray paint and bleached woods gradually decline. They’ve had a tremendous surge over the past five years and are at the height of their popularity. That means they have about another three years and then will gradually wane.

Bold Kelly Green, Tangerine, Citrine Yellow and Turquoise are saturated colors that make big statements. They’ve been going strong for several years. We will be seeing more of them but eventually they will be on smaller surfaces like lamps and pillows rather than whole sofas or sideboards.


Pattern in fabrics and wallpaper continues to be very popular. Well-designed patterned textiles (generally in a price range of $75-$130 yd.) like grids, quatrefoils, and floral and animal prints stand the test of time.




Painted furniture has been quite popular, but wood finishes less so. Once current espresso stains are beginning to look dated while timeless mahogany still appears fresh.


We will be seeing less oversized and more “right sized” furnishings. Antiques are not thought of today as stylish with the thirty and forty something’s but over fifty consumers still feel a strong connection with them. Antiques in general never really go out of style as they are often considered investment pieces, but some are more aesthetically pleasing than others. And mixing antiques with current fabrics and pieces infers an updated appearance.

Mixing styles like Aero Saarinen pedestal tables with wingback chairs or other traditional seating will continue to gain popularity once style conscious consumers get tired of replacing their décor all at once.
Sectional sofas, while often cumbersome and overused in design will continue to be in demand. Modern table and floor lamps are still going strong, while cheap Italian imitations are thankfully on their way out. Media rooms, wine cellar/tasting rooms and smart phone home systems are now common place.
Color is the most obvious of all design trends. Colors themselves like red, blue, yellow or green don’t really date. It’s the variation of the color that comes and goes.
Here are some color and style evolutions you might recognize.
Out: mauve. In: magenta.
Out: Dijon. In: Citrus yellow.
Out: terra cotta. In: Tangerine.
Out: Verdigris. In: Kelly Green.
Out: Sage green. In: Aqua.
Out: Taupe. In: White.
Out: Mediterranean. In: modern French.
Out: Theme related décor. In: Personal mixes.
Out: Country. In: Transitional.
Out: ornate. In: clean lines.
Out: sterile or sparse décor.
In: comfortable, evolved, interesting, well-furnished homes.
Come to think of it, aren’t the latter always in vogue? I’ve noticed as people age, they are less concerned with what’s in or out of style. There is a certain amount of self confidence in ignoring fashion. Your home can be “fashionable” or current without being a slave to the design industry.
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Other trends, more pertaining to the economy rather than aesthetics will be multi-generational residences, high end luxury rentals, and flexible/multi-use furniture. These trends are gaining momentum because even with four year college degrees, many graduates are not able to purchase homes. This is one of the largest non-home owning generations we’ve ever seen.

Some things never seem to go out of style. Navy, black, white. Glass, mirror. Wool, cotton, cashmere. Wingbacks, settees. Mahogany. Books. Original art. Persian rugs. Rather than emulating any one style, try to develop your own “look” from a variety of styles with a strong common denominator like color or fabric to pull it together.

As the oft quoted Diana Vreeland once said, “People who have style share one thing in common. Originality”.   

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