Wednesday, December 31, 2014 we come! (aka TREND watch!)

Hello my sweet blog readers, 

I apologize for the lengthy absence. The last few months of 2014 flew by in somewhat of a blur. Now, at the tail end of what has been a very relaxing Christmas holiday, I am feeling refreshed and ready to look ahead at what's in store for 2015. And, from the looks of it, it is going to be a good one! I am inspired by the colours I'm seeing, motivated by the patterns and motifs that are popping up, and excited to incorporate the textures and materials into my design work "next" (tomorrow, I'll try to remember to change the "next" to "this") year.

So, without further delay, here are just a few of the trends that the design world is predicting will be BIG in 2015: 

This image captures several big trends for the upcoming year - a soft pastel palette, organic materials (natural wood, plants, plants, and more plants), a house motif, and geometrically-shaped vessels. 

Here, we see an earthy, almost muddy, palette that is both warm and inviting. 
The look is time-worn and vintage, with muted, metallic tones and cozy textures

Olive green is everywhere - warm, nostalgic, and approachable. Looking fabulous here with brushed brass, worn leather, and salvaged wood, this is just the tip of this colour's versatility iceberg. 

Black and white and industrial elements will continue to be popular trends into 2015, with free-form, unframed gallery walls featuring instagram photos (and a mix of typographic prints, old maps, and other mixed media) that create a "working mood board" kind of look. 

Pantone's Colour of the Year, Marsala, is a wonderfully rich and warm 
red, with loads of chocolatey, velvety undertones. Currently appearing
 all over the runway and at your cosmetics counter, look for this luxurious 
shade to make its way into home decor items everywhere very shortly. 

Oversized canvases are popping up everywhere, challenging our previous notions about 
size and scale. The look is fresh, commanding, and fabulous! 

Indoor gardening has been increasing in popularity over the last several years, but recently, I have been seeing more and more "practical" installations - like this vertical kitchen garden featuring an accessible and renewable supply of fresh herbs and baby lettuce. 

Warm metals (brushed brass, copper, and rose gold) are finding their way into every room in the house - even the previously "chrome and nickel dominated" kitchen. Sultry, sophisticated, and still somewhat unexpected, the result is gorgeous. 

Bright and bold large scale florals (these ones are from Marimekko's spring line) feature organic flora and fauna, a pleasing complementary colour palette, and lots of visual movement (a slight departure from the more static florals found in previous releases). LOVE!!! 

And, while this is by no means an exhaustive list of decor and design trends for 2015, the above images do show some common threads and some exciting new ideas to explore and implement. I am both motivated and inspired! I hope this list and grouping of images leaves you with a similar vibe. 

For now, I wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015! 


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