Many hear the word “trend” and think “flash in the pan” or “here today, gone tomorrow” fads. However, we’re excited about four 2015 design trends in particular because they uphold the Guest Room’s standard for creating a beautiful, comfortable home and support our emphasis on quality design, nontoxic materials and Made-in-America craftsmanship.
Something Old, Something New
We prefer the words, “classic,” “modern” and “re-purposed” for this theme of integrating the past with the present. The worry is sometimes that the mixed décor will clash. It’s a valid concern because we’ve all been in a home and questioned, “What year is this?” However, if designed artfully, the blend of modern and classic elements can make your aesthetic seem effortless, add depth, and convey individuality.
Why We Love It: You don’t need to start from scratch. Your existing canvas can be revived with the addition of a few handcrafted pieces. The remix of a traditional Cox English loveseat with an exotic Ikat rug from Capel Rugs or the rustic introduction of a Charleston Forge custom made dining table to a modern layout offers a unique interest to the eye that stands the test of time. Still not convinced? We invite you to consult with our own in-house interior designer, Kate Turner, for inspired ideas for your own home.
Metals like bronze, copper and rose gold add charm and invoke luxury as seen in Arteriors’ pendant light fixtures or when used as trim around occasional tables designed by Aidan Gray. As the industry moves away from brushed chrome, more consumers are being seduced by the glow of warm metals.
Why We Love It: Depending upon its finish, a patina or a polish, the metal of choice can emote anything from an industrial, edgier vibe to a vintage, romantic energy.
Perhaps it’s in revolt to our “growing” dependency on technology but nature makes a strong comeback in 2015. Designers are sourcing natural materials like wood, stone and marble to create durable, stylish pieces. Fabric and textiles designers at Company C are weaving flora, fauna and feather patterns onto pillows, wallpaper and rugs to welcome spring and green living. Consider adding decorative accessories like petrified wood slices or leaf-shaped vases or bowls to your tabletop.
Why We Love It: The intricate beauty of nature imbues peace and warmth.
The world is now at your front door whether your bags are packed or not. Perhaps it started with Pantone’s announcement of Marsala as the color of the year but we’ve seen an uptick in exotic patterns, bold textures and global-inspired offerings from our American-based manufacturers. From the Turkish and East Indies inspired wall coverings and fabrics from Osborne & Little to MacKenzie Dow’s collection of English country bedroom furniture, there’s a movement reflecting our increasingly open world.
Why We Love It: There’s an interesting story being told without you saying a word, and no passport is required.
When considering a trend for your home, the one that outlasts all the others is quality construction. Look to manufacturers committed to traditional craftsmanship using nontoxic materials, solid woods and well-made joints and hardware.