Spring 2015 interior trends - get the look
The season's trends (as ever) are diverse and therefore accommodating to most people's tastes and colour palettes.
Popular colours coming to the fore this season are blue, yellow, blush, mint and marsala, to put it in a very condensed and proverbial nutshell! Style trends are leaning heavily towards 'Nature's Prescription' in the form of bringing the outdoors inwards and getting properly in touch with nature through our interiors.
Pattern trends include the obligatory geometrics and florals but we are seeing a definite tilt towards painterly, watercolour, blurred florals as well as the traditional ones, softer, more curvy lines on geometrics and an artisan, freestyle, homemade and abstract approach to wall art and accessories to name but a few. For the full run down of the season's style, pattern and colour trends, read the full feature and then flick back over here for some ideas and inspiration on how to get the look for less in your home this spring and summer season.
Blue is still an ‘in’ colour and holding its own from last season. The most popular shades will be somewhat lighter than the opulent navy of last season and will emerge as energetic sapphire and royal blues,
but all shades from cornflower blue through to indigo and deep navy, will be staple colours in interiors this season and will appear in many forms, from bedding to cushions, on walls and even on large pieces of furniture such as sofas and headboards.
'Nature's Prescription' - Bringing the Outdoors In
Undoubtedly one of the biggest style trends to gain popularity this season is the ‘green’ movement. The practice of bringing the outdoors in by introducing rustic, natural and tactile materials from nature into our homes, either in their original, natural state, or as illustrations, prints, textures or colour schemes, is being widely adopted by interior designers and discerning home owners alike.
Wood and leaves are appearing widely in art, photography and interiors. The natural appeal is being adopted in whatever way possible and we'll see traditional wooden furniture and home accessories giving way to raw-edged, unfinished products. But fear not all novice interior designers and alarmed homeowners! If you don’t fancy the idea of an ‘urban jungle’ and copious amounts of ‘scrap’ wood in your living spaces, then the two images above provide some slightly more realistic and slightly less ‘cutting-edge’ examples of how this trend can effectively be adopted in your home.
Take our desires to be more in touch with nature and to have more leisure and outdoor time and combine it with a general lifestyle shift towards being healthier people who spend less time in their living rooms and more time in their kitchens (where they gather, chat, cook and eat) before heading outside; we can expect to see architectural changes in our homes, in the form of installations of vast areas of glass, or indeed glass walls, which slide, fold or swivel to give greater accessibility to the outdoors, ultimately transforming the indoor room and the garden into a single space.
The modern kitchen/combined living are above demonstrates this; but more glass means more exposure and these vast expanses of glass will still need to be dressed or covered to provide privacy functionality and protection from the suns rays at times. The simplest, most effective and most economical way to achieve this is with vertical blinds.
As regards colour, our desire to have ‘greenery’ in our homes draws on a palette of greens and mineral hues, ..........
creating spaces where mimicked or real nature, blends natural elements seamlessly with interior elements. Green itself will become a prominent ‘accent’ colour. Particularly fresh spring greens used against earthy base tones such as brown and grey and natural finishes such as wood, stone and slate.
‘Mid-century-modern’ has been making a comeback over the last couple of years and 2015 seems set to see an “out with the new - in with the old” mentality, as throwbacks to design elements from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, at the time considered as modern design, will make their mark in 2015, but not in retro style – in a more modern way.
Using small vintage pieces such as lamps, clocks, planters and cushions in theme will be a popular way to introduce this trend, but we will also see an abundance of mid-century modern furniture being recycled, re-purposed and reintroduced into schemes to create authentically stylish interiors. Keeping things simple at the windows with roller Blinds..........
or Vertical Blinds on larger windows..............................
will only serve to enhance this modern and streamlined look, ............................
alongside the retro accessories.
White on White + Layering
White-on-white and all-white schemes will be gracing the pages of our decor magazines this season, for living spaces and bedrooms in particular; ........
where it will create calm, fresh schemes, much favoured by those who like crisp minimalism.
However, if you think white is too plain and too clinical then combine this colour trend with the season’s style trend for layering different textures and introducing colour accents to add more contrast and definition to keep it interesting. A fool proof combination with white is black and the black and white colour combo will work equally as well with the colour accents trick.
Blush pink will be a particularly popular colour on the interior designer's palette this season and offers the versatility of sitting comfortably against other ice-cream tinted pastels, ..........................
providing an opulent and almost masculine combination with slate grey and dark steel colours of Kylie Minogue bedding .........................
and a calming contrast against robust and deep colours such as olive green, marsala red, navy, or even black
Metallics and Pearlised Finishes
Gold, gold and more gold is predicted to be making a comeback in 2015, ...........................
but the trend for metallics, whilst still leaning towards the warmer shades of copper and bronze, is shifting more towards a mix of metallic tones.
Mixing and matching gold with silvers, stainless steel, wrought iron and coppers, or going bold with all gold are all favourable options, but there are no rules here really. Introduce the look in any number of ways
Pearlised fabrics mixed beaded finishes to add interesting texture can also give a metallic look as well as one of pure opulence and sheer luxury.
Deeper, warmer, metallics such as copper and bronze are very much a part of the metallic colour palette and empathise with the season's trend for earthy tones and natural minerals and materials; and both are easy to decorate with.
Florals for Bedrooms
This year florals have taken on a refreshing twist with fluid, blurred, but at the same time bold, watercolour style designs for interior schemes in living rooms, day rooms and sun rooms.
However, if you're more of a traditionalist when it comes to florals, then rumor has it this season that more typically traditional florals which are given maturity with only a ‘slightly’ modern twist, are to return in a big way for bedrooms this year too, like the delightful Camberley Collection above.
Modern florals combined with the season's on-trend blush tones.............................
are fresh, but in a mature rather than girlish way.
A white base against which to showcase florals always creates a fresh spring feel and an uplifting environment!
Yellow is fast establishing itself as ‘the’ colour for interiors this season and particularly for living rooms, but in all rooms in general.
Pantone's top tipped colour of the year this year is a rich fruity red hue, aptly named after the brownish red wine that it takes it's name and its warm spicey tones from. So if pastels, calm neutrals, blues, mint greens and yellow aren't for you and you’re more colour confidant that you are colour cautious, then something with a bit more clout and drama to it, like Marsala, might be more to your palette.
This accommodating colour can be used as a block colour on walls or ceilings to add drama and depth to an interior scheme, or simply in furnishings and accessories to add warm accents.
Here it works well as an accent to light beige tones and lime accents in a fresh nautical style.....
here it is used against mid beige and pale ocher tones in two modern and on-trend tartan plaid designs.......
and here is used in more volume in more of a Morrocan style, which is kept fresh and modern with the fresh white walls and furniture.
Marsala shades can even be adapted to florals if you're more of a feminine or traditional interior decorator.