If you're after a fresh look for the new year, trends can be a fabulous source of inspiration. Find out what's hot and what's not for 2015.
This year, we're saying goodbye to kitschy tropical motifs and feature walls, and saying hello to Marsala, handmade embellishments and earthy textures.
Industry experts Vanessa Ross, head buyer of Temple and Webster, Etsy Australia trends expert Kirsteene Phelan and Home HQ's in-house interior stylist Prue Lovejoy, fill us in on the trends that will be making waves.
1. Go for gold!
“Gold is continuing to make a return in 2015 from sink taps, handles, lighting fixtures, picture frames, through to furniture such as side tables to name a few,” says Prue Lovejoy. To make this look work, Prue recommends mixing and matching gold with silvers, stainless steel, wrought iron and coppers, or going bold with all gold. There are no rules.
If you don’t fancy a whole new fit-out of fixtures, Prue suggests small touches such as revitalising an old frame with gold paint or leaf, repurposing an old chest of drawers with gold handles or adding a gold cushion into the mix.
But it’s not just gold taking centre stage, other new trends are also combining gold and bronze finishes, according to Etsy Australia’s trends expert Kirsteene Phelan. “This is good news for those who want to try metallics to match their existing colour scheme!”
“For kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms, minerals and textures are here in a big way,” says Kirsteene. “Sand, ceramic, stone, marble and handmade homewares with texture are popular. We’re talking serving trays, canisters, vases, plates, bowls and wall art.”
Marble Effect Concrete Planter by Meina Farala Home
3. Blue is back
Blue lovers rejoice, because the hue is a major trend already on the style radar. “Looking at many of the new collections coming through overseas, blue is big this year,” says Prue. “From indigo blue to deep navy, blue will be a staple from bed linen to cushions, even large furniture pieces like headboards and sofas.”
If you need inspiration, Prue says you don’t have to go far – just look out your window. Blue works well in Australia with our outdoor lifestyle. Look to nature and you’ll see how it teams beautifully with so many colours. If blue is a new thing for you or you’re looking for a way to incorporate it into your home, why not add a couple of cushions to start your blue journey?
Say goodbye to beige, because wallpaper is coming back in a big way, says Kirsteen. But if you’re not confident to committing to a whole wall, then there’s good news – you could always try some beautiful wall decals. “Wallpapers allow for more colour and texture, and helps spice up the wall game at home. Say goodbye to plain white walls.”
Removable Wall Decals by Vivid
5. Look to dawn and dusk for a colour palette
“The many neutral shades of browns we Australians so very much love are now changing to soft muted pinks, smoky shades of grey, blues and other pastels for example, all of which work well in our climate,” says Prue. “These colours - like the moves towards layering textures, patterns and the growing love of raw woods - is brought on by our continuing love affair with nature.”
Blush pink will be a particularly popular colour on the palette agrees Vanessa Ross, head buyer of Temple and Webster. “One of my favourite colour trends for the year, this beautiful soft colour, works well with greys and blonde timbers as well as last year’s metallics,” she says. “Embrace the look by painting a wall, or try out the trend by adding cushions and décor pieces to your space."
6. Pantone Colour of the Year: Marsala
If muted neutrals aren’t your style, then look to warm welcome hues, such as Marsala. “This hue adds an element of elegance to any room,” says Kirsteen. “Along with Marsala, 2015 colour trends are deep natural hues, olive greens and indigo blues. These colours can work as a grounded statement piece or adds a strong accent to each other when decorating a room – all complimenting Marsala.”
Marsala Pillow by Jillian Rene
7. Go wild with animal hide
Last year, natural textures were a big trend as part of the ‘Dr Livingstone in Africa’ aesthetic, and in 2015, it shows no sign of slowing.
“It appears our love of nature extends to the cowhide (and other animal hides) which will continue to be prominent in the home this year,” says Prue. “But we'll see it in more than just rugs, with cushions, throw blankets, and even artwork endorsing the cowhide.”
8. Layering textures, patterns and styles
“If the runways of the fashion world and the interior shops are any indication, layering both textures, patterns and styles are strong in 2015,” says Prue. “The mixing and matching of these add unexpected impact to a room.”
“To achieve this trend, mix your woods and metals, particularly raw woods which is prominent in the industrial look we’ve seen growing over the past few years, in both furniture and lighting, florals and geometrics with global prints, worn leathers with velvets, and cottons such as a blue velvet couch with a worn leather chair.”
9. Embellished edges
It’s all in the detail this year, with binding, weaving, knotting, quilting and needlework evident in furnishings and accessories – in fact, there’s a real resurgence for items made with a unique handmade feel. “Look out for pom poms, tassels and fringing on cushions, throws and soft furnishings this year,” says Vanessa.
10. Mid-century modern
It’s out with the new and in with the old, as throwbacks to modern design elements from the 50s, 60s, and 70s make their mark in 2015, predicts Kirtsteen. “Mid-century modern furniture has come back in the past couple of years and 2015 looks like homewares will be a strong feature of room décor. Small vintage pieces such as lamps, clocks, planters and cushions in theme will be a big trend.”
Planter by We Are MFEO
11. Floral prints
Floral is one trend that continues to make an appearance, but this year look for the loose, watercolour styles. But there is a trick to avoiding it looking too fussy. “My tip? Less is more,” says Vanessa. “A single piece is often enough – pair a floral cushion with solids in the same colour palette.”
12. White on white
If you love crisp minimalism, then you’re going to love the white on white trends that will continue to grace the pages of décor mags. “Decorating with all white will continue to be popular this year, especially for living spaces and bedrooms where it creates a calm, fresh feel,” says Vanessa. If you’re worried about it looking too plain, Vanessa recommends layering in different textures. “Don’t be afraid of different shades of white; it will help to keep the room interesting.”
13. The artist’s palette
Crafters and artists take note – it’s your time to shine! “Colour splatters, watercolour prints and painted abstract designs will be popular in 2015, especially on cushions, artwork and ceramics,” says Vanessa. This is a fun trend to try out yourself if you are game for some DIY!