Furniture and Interior Design Trends — A Fusion of Styles
Inspiring ideas to create interesting living spaces
By Melanie Saxton
Each year, we are treated to a host of trends, many based on offerings from elite brands and top design experts. Here are some defining furniture and interior accents that can be incorporated into our living spaces.
Trending, Then and Now
As for specific furniture and interior design trends, you’ll find a variety of opinions and a fusion of styles, materials and décor. According to Zillow Digs design expert Kerrie Kelly, “Unexpected textures and an eclectic, modern vibe found their way in 2015. Expect to see a more sophisticated look that incorporates gold hardware, natural textures, and a subtle mid-century modern undertone.”
The latter part of her statement refers to the mid-20th century design movement ranging from the 1930s through the 1960s that influenced architecture, furniture and home interiors for generations. The popularity of mid-century modern experienced a renaissance after the publication of Cara Greenberg’s 1983 book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House). Now it has resurfaced again, thanks in part to the television show Mad Men. Since airing in 2007, weekly broadcasts have romanticized the simplicity of that nostalgic era. Check your local showroom floor for the clean lines and classic tapered legs of mid-
We can count on additional trends, as well — including the use of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. According to Marie Wood, Director of Design, Meridien, “Due to the underlying brown tones in the color, it works very well with neutrals, animal prints, golds and warm tones.” We see this rich, pleasing tone in established furniture collections that have been on showroom floors for years – and are still available. We also find it in exciting new collections available in 2015, including the neutral hues, animal influences, gold tones and overall warmth mentioned by Wood.
The following details may help homeowners incorporate these trending ideas into upholstery selections, accents and furniture style options.
A Nod to Neutrals
Neutrals provide the blank canvases on which interior designers create living spaces. Beige, in fact, is confirmed as an ongoing favorite according Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief of Elle Décor. Earlier this year he tweeted, “With all the color in Paris this week, beige isn’t going away as #Farrow&Ball make clear.”
Wallpaper continues to trend and can provide a neutral backdrop for an entire room. Many sofas on today’s showroom floors are available in neutrals and look splendid against a solid or patterned rug. Accent pillows and decorative throws can infuse a contrasting pop of color.
Animal influences continue to trend. Exciting splashes of zebra, leopard and cheetah can be found in pillows, throws, rugs and upholstery, often adding an exotic component to a room. Rustic nature elements are also popular – you might be tempted to hang an artful rack of antlers on a wall!
Leather sofas and chairs are a perennial favorite, now available from many manufacturers in a variety of colors and textures. Cow prints in classic black and white are also finding more interior use, along with brown and white, and even dappled real hides. More commonly utilized as rugs, “hair on hide” is also an upholstery choice found on sofas, chairs and ottomans.
Last year saw a resurgence of gold touches throughout homes, and this year is no exception. Gold-inspired sheens have appeared in everything from upholstered panel beds to lamps.
Also this year, a luxurious ambiance of mixed metals such as iron, steel and even gunmetal are trending, as well as the more common brass. Michael Boodro announced via Twitter: “Copper continues its strong presence.”
Warm, Saturated Tones
Homeowners seldom go wrong when utilizing upholstery options in warm tones, but careful balance creates a pleasing aesthetic. Interior designers often intersperse warm hues with neutral, pastel and cool tones to avoid overwhelming a room. In fact, Benjamin Moore’s 2015 color trends features four color families that encompass this principle – green, blue, blush and berry paints.
As always, fireplace accents on decorated mantels and hearths can provide a focal point. Mirrors, especially oversized, capture and reflect warmth. Candles, window treatments, chandeliers, artwork and flooring are also effective accents that help wrap a living space in a warm embrace.
Elegance & Whimsy
Luxurious textures and sophisticated accents add to the beauty of home interiors, especially when combined with “just the right” furniture. Showrooms offer options that are not only functional, but also invite homeowners to discover their own personal aesthetic. But there is also an element of fun and caprice on showroom floors today, and 2015 is an opportunity to see alluring design potential through a new lens. A kaleidoscope of wood tones, a virtually unlimited amount of upholstery choices and striking decorative pieces allow homeowners to experiment with style.
It never hurts to consult with an expert who can help separate fads from truly sustainable design. These interior design specialists take into account your personal tastes and blend exquisite – and sometimes surprising – décor into your home environment.