As 2014 is winding up, it's time to look up and onwards at the forecast for interior home decorating trends in 2015. Scandinavian-style design, retro and eclecticism reigned supreme this year, but it's time to take note of the new kids on the block, which are bold, vibrant and pattern laden. As with all trends, they seem to go in leaps in bounds, circulating in and out of favour from one year to the next. You will see a return of rich material textures and colour palettes such as linen and silk, brought into the modern day era with royal tones of purple, gold and blue. Based on past years, it is time for minimalism to take a back seat, and let its loud and proud neighbour be heard and take over once again. So, without further ado, let's take a look at our list of trend predictions for 2015…
At last – it's time to bring the Mediterranean into our everyday lives. The stark contrast of white and ink blue is reminiscent of islands in Greece, such as Santorini and Ios, with their perfectly white washed exterior walls, and contrasting vibrant blue sky. This is a rich and opulent decorating colour scheme, and can be executed easily in any room in the house. This twin bed set designed by Korla Home, is part of their Ink Collection. As you can see, the same shade of blue has been repeatedly used in different patterns, creating a link between the obvious clash in patterns.
Next year, we are stepping away from synthetic fibres, instead, favouring the likes of natural textures such as silk, linen and cotton. Not only is the effect different, but the look and feel of luxurious fabrics is such to heighten your mood. In this stunning example of earthy browns, greens and gold-coated yarn, is this interesting product from BeatWoven. The pattern has been created from the famous Queen song
A kinda magic. How you ask? Each pixel and shape is an interpretation of the beats in the song. This is a stunning feature point to any room – you can quite literally say that your textiles sing!
Olive green is also predicted to take the decorating world by storm. Woven into a stunning three dimensional print, Margo Selby shows us how flat patterns and textures can be just as easily brought into the third dimension. By using simple artistic principles of depth and perspective, the pattern which appears on this bed set looks as though it is being lifted away from the flat surface. Reminiscent of the colour palette used by Italian textile company Missoni, these bold patterns and woven textures are certainly here to stay.
Regal colours such as royal blue and violet, which were popular in Renaissance art, are creeping back into the limelight, as are the patterns and motifs from traditional art. No longer are these designs the dreams of painter's hangings in art galleries, but they are now seen inside our homes on our walls and soft furnishings. Cole & Son is paying homage to their wallpaper archive; bringing back popular prints and patterns from past eras with a modern day twist. The hummingbirds which you see pictured, are an archived pattern, and have been cleverly re-created and intertwined with two new patterns – the Strawberry Tree and Florencecourt.
Also by Cole & Son is this new world take on Asian inspired prints. Completely reworked in pastel pink, blue and green, these bamboo shoots have taken on a completely new identity. An obvious nod to the Victorian Era, we are again seeing how innovative it is to respect traditional patterns, reworking them enough so that they suit the requirements of a modern home. You can just imagine this wallpaper taking centre stage in any bedroom or dressing room, creating an aura of elegance and class.
No longer it is necessary for us to hide away all our trinkets and gadgets – let them step forward and tell their story to the room they are in. The Brilliant Project, has put together this organised, yet slightly chaotic sitting or living room to great effect. Here, you can see how each memory, book and piece of holiday memorabilia lives in harmony together on this shelf. Despite the fact that no two objects are the same, it doesn't detract even slightly from the effect achieved.
Neutral grey is high on the list of interior decorators for next year, as evidenced in this setting by Tori Murphy. It is the perfect colour to be used as a base, as it goes with a myriad of different tones ranging from bright neon to muted pastel. It is also easy to use in combination with other shades of grey, as you can see pictured. These similar, yet different patterns and shades, work together in despite their variance. The key here is to keep the base tone the same – each example of grey you see here is is blue-based, which is a pivotal factor to ensure that they tie in perfectly together.
If you are afraid of embracing loud patterns and textures, don't fear. There is always room for something a little more subtle. Heavily patterned, yet ever so gently toned down, is this pillow set by Gyeongmi Shin for Flock. Called the Pen Mark Print, this pattern has been digitally printed onto a blend of crisp white cotton and linen. Inspired by architectural pen marks, line weights and drawings, it is a great way to add patterns into your home in an easy and indirect fashion.