By Ashley Steel
It’s a new year, so why not try a new design scheme for your home? Let’s see what hot in home design for 2015.
In The Kitchen
Many of this year’s design trends are happening in the kitchen. Colors are getting bolder, storage is becoming more open and tile styles are changing. According to Erin Davis, lead designer at Mosaik Design & Remodeling in Portland, Ore., some unexpected new kitchen favorites include subway tiles and black paint.
Additionally, countertops are getting a makeover and homeowners are becoming increasingly concerned about hygiene. The longstanding popularity of granite will finally fall to a new favorite — quartz — says Davis and “touchless faucets will become even more popular.”
However, not all trends are new; some trends are rolling over from last year. “One,” says Davis, “is our collective obsession with Morocco [tiles] in the kitchen and elsewhere.”
Another is open shelving. “It’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Open shelves visually enlarge your kitchen and show off your dinnerware.”
By now it’s no secret that Pantone’s 2015 color of the year is Marsala. A very bold color, it should be used sparingly, says Davis. “Try it in canisters, dish towels, accessories and artwork.” While it’s a very versatile color, Davis fears it may trend out sooner rather than later, advising, “I wouldn’t use it in anything that will be around for a while.”
While most people are aware of Pantone’s overall color of the year, what most people don’t know is that other top colors are named as well. This year, Mediterranean blues, olive and grey have been named alongside the aforementioned Marsala. Perhaps the most notorious, gray’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. “It may be the new ‘it’ neutral, replacing the old beige of days past,” says Davis.
Fixtures and Features
Hardware is getting more popular and surprisingly, “brass is back,” says Jenelle Isaacson, owner of Living Room Realty in Portland, Ore. “But it’s not your 1980s shiny golds and lacquered brass” that are making a comeback, she says — it’s a warmer, more tarnished brass that comes un-lacquered with a natural finish and rose tones. And it’s popping up everywhere. “Everything from shelves, lighting, furniture and hardware” are now available in brass tones, says Isaacson.
Another trend showing up on 2015 showroom floors is the return of ornamentation in favor of the stark modernism that’s been so prevalent of late. Wall paper, textures and patterns are all slated to make a comeback in 2015.
“2015 is all about mixing modern with historic styles,” says Isaacson. “The mid-century modern Jetsons-style has been big for the past five years,” but expect to see a return to the classic styles of the 1800s and the 1940s.
With the aging baby boomer population building homes, aging-in-place features are an increasingly important design element. Known as universal design, “having a master on the main (floor) is something almost every client I work with wants, with the possibility of gaining parents living with them or for buyers considering aging in place,” says Isaacson.