As the new year kicks into gear, it's a great time to think about improving your home. Whether you want to maximise profits on an investment property or simply make your home a nicer place to be, there's more innovative products and ideas out there than ever before. From bedrooms to bathrooms, from bold modern colours to soft natural tones, let's take a look at some of the interior design trends likely to heat up 2015.
One hot new idea that's sure to make an impact this year is the coming together of indoor and outdoor spaces. While people have long been aware of the flow between indoor and outdoor living areas, new innovations are actually bringing the outdoors in. From indoor rock walls complete with moss through to grassy courtyards, indoor gardens, and the use of large branches, there's lots of ways to create the wow factor by using natural materials inside your home.
Another great idea that's getting lots of attention at the moment is the fusion of styles, materials, and patterns. While people have been mixing and matching for a long time now, fusion has matured over the last few years to become a style of its own. By combining the old with the new, the hard with the soft, and the organic with the geometric, you can connect different parts of your home and create threads that run between them. By playing with the ideas of similarity and contrast, you can create a style that perfectly suits your lifestyle and personality.
Metal looks to be a big trend in 2015, with bronze, brass, and gold leading the way. According to the latest Zillow Digs report into interior design, “In 2015, homeowners will no longer be limited to silver or stainless steel fixtures, and will feel free to mix and match finish colours, or go bold with all gold.” Gold faucets are sure to be hot sellers, with more brass products also making their way into the marketplace. Bold brass bathtubs, lamp stands, and other ornamental pieces are a great way to create timeless and classy interiors, especially when mixed tastefully with wood and other materials.
The use of metal is part of a larger trend towards industrial design, with chunky and utilitarian furniture likely to remain big in 2015. Industrial design has already been a hot trend for a few years now, especially with lighting and kitchen products. As homeowners pay more attention to issues like convenience, functionality, and longevity, industrial features are likely to spread more readily into furniture and decorative items around the home.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, organic shapes and colours will also be big this year, as people look for new and innovative ways to soften the edges of minimal modern homes. While glass, metal, and white walls are not going away any time soon, people are increasingly looking for ways to balance modern sharpness with organic warmth. If you're looking to bring a sense of balance to your modern home, think about graceful, rounded shapes and soft edges when buying furniture, lighting, ceramics, and accessories.
The best interior design advice for 2015, however, is the same as it was last year and every year before that - be yourself. While it's important to pay attention to new ideas and products, the best spaces always feel like they've grown around the people living there rather than arbitrarily placed on top. Instead of buying into new trends in a wholesale fashion, it's always better to make every idea your own by integrating new trends with your existing home and personality.