2016 Designer Trends

In the past few years, I’ve noticed that design trends are moving into a mix of historical designs and colors. For example, modern and art deco are stylish with their simple lines and uncluttered appearance.

With the stainless steel appliances, white, black and blue tones have been popular to blend with the grey steel. Crown molding seems to be back in style to blend with the elegant black and white kitchen cabinets. Then, again, crown molding can interfere with the sleek modern designs.

What are we who live in country, southwest, or mountain settings to do with this since our color tones have been blended with the brown woods and beige deserts? It is unfortunate that some interior designs have ignored the compatibility of color tones. This confused my brain as I gaze upon their incompatible color choices. Brown wooden cabinets are in the warm tones and adding the stainless steel appliances with black trim doesn’t look right to me.

In the past months, this seems to be sorting itself out as the modern simple design styles work their way into the home.

Blending wood with white furniture for a modern touch.

Blending wood with white furniture for a modern touch.

If you are thinking about remodeling for today’s style or resale, then the traditional designs are appreciated depending on the locale. If you live in the country – the real country and not a bedroom community where the residents commute miles to work and are influenced by the city styles, then keep those wooden cabinets and warm color tones. If your home is in the desert Southwest, keep your Southwest style. Same goes for mountain communities and woodlands. Anyone moving into your area is moving there for the ambiance and to get away from the fast city. If I were to move to Santa Fe, I would want an adobe style home with styles that come from the local communities.

You can add a touch of modern design to your traditional styled indoor decor with no problem. So, don’t fret over a total remod to look modern – just add touches here and there.

2015 Designer Trends – Overall Perspective

There are many looks for the year. There is no one overriding theme. Yay! This versatile ‘trend’ is superb as it encompasses a wide range of personal taste and style. It encourages you to build on the things you own and love as well as bring in something new to add freshness. Your style basically reflects the unique person you are.

Are you casual and friendly? Is being eco-friendly and sustainable a concern? Or, do you want your home to radiate luxurious glamor? All these looks work for this year. It’s how design components are all put together that reflects 2015 rather than 1995.

2015 promotes a general feeling of comfort in luxurious, rustic, or industrial decor. Ideas include adding a few simple design elements to warm up a sleek home or new fun ways to use color such as painting your ceiling. It’s about making your home or office pleasant and inviting without sacrificing style.

Combine a sleek modern fireplace with warm wooden Adirondack chairs.

Combine a sleek modern fireplace with warm wooden Adirondack chairs.

Enjoy perusing through our 2015 Designer Trends blog. Be inspired! Be creative! We at Gardecor are always available to help you achieve your home and garden decorating vision.

2015 Designer Trends – Decorating Elements and Materials

Design ideas for 2015 highlight tried and true materials used in new ways. You can achieve the 2015 ‘mixed design elements’ look using these popular materials.

 

* Natural materials such as stone, wood, and glass dominate.

The Chateau stone bench is not only trendy but it's a classic!

The Chateau stone bench is not only trendy but it’s a classic!

Some designers stress white marble over granite this year. Gardécor’s website shows a huge variety of products made in all of these materials such as stone benches, wooden tables, and glass fountains.

 

* Wood is all over the place. On the floors, walls, ceiling, furniture, accent pieces, or in details. It ranges from repurposed reclaimed woods, unfinished wood and gray driftwood which speak to an eco-friendly approach to materials. Natural light wood and butcher block is making a show this year as well. Wood colors tend towards gray, bleached, whitened, unfinished or natural. Vinyl flooring that looks like wood is even an item of interest this year.

 

* New warm toned metals are making an appearance from lighting to sinks. Not your mother’s bright brass but soft finishes of gold, bronze, and copper. Metals work wonderfully with accessories, lamps, and decorator details. The Tall Hand Pedestal makes a stunning conversation piece.

This conversation piece features both glass and metal...2015 trends!

The Tall Hand Pedestal features both glass and metal…2015 trends!The makes a stunning conversation piece.

 

* Statement lighting is in vogue. Old fashioned and modern glass chandeliers are showing up paired with industrial or rustic settings.  Modern statement lamps are both sculptural as well as cast great light patterns. General lighting is being used to highlight an architectural feature or a garden element such as a fountain. Your guests will be astonished at the radiant sparkling night beauty of the Montreaux Three-tiered Fountain. What a great conversation piece!

 

 

* Sustainability and eco friendly products are an ongoing trend in daily living. Consider LED or solar lighting and touchless faucets.

LED lighting makes this fountain a dramatic centerpiece!

LED lighting makes this fountain a dramatic centerpiece!

They are energy conscious and energy efficient. Gardécor encourages this trend by carrying a wide array of solar outdoor lighting. Why worry about your electricity cost?

 

So just consider moving some of those ‘tired’ things out of sight. And have a blast adding something new and dramatic that shouts 2015 to your home and garden.

2015 Designer Trends – Concepts for Home and Garden

Juxtaposition of elements. It’s about mixing seemingly discordant design elements.  One could say that such opposing types of decor allows the best of each to shine through. So what are we seeing?

Bright color pops/ monochromatic. Envision a completely soft gray living room with bright pinks/yellows in a few throw pillows, a statement light, and a single lively painting.
Rustic/glamorous. A sparkling glass chandelier hangs above huge upcycled barn wood dining table.
Rustic/contemporary. Adirondack patio furniture sits next to a Contempo Outdoor fountain.
Ethnic/modern. Morrocan or Boho textures enliven a sleek leather look.
Smooth/distressed. Aaahh, this can be a lovely mix of a ‘new’ distressed wooden floor and glass side tables.
Industrial/glamorous. A warehouse space with sandblasted brick walls has an oversized plush sectional and crystal lamp.
Modern/vintage. Imagine a streamlined stainless steel kitchen accented with orange resin chairs.
Traditional and contemporary. An angular black leather sofa and low metal side tables are surrounded by bright red velvet antique side chairs.

Color pop your monochromatic outdoor furniture set with this beautiful bench.

Color pop your monochromatic outdoor furniture set with this dramatic colorful bench.


Ceilings. Look up and rethink. Your imagination is your limitation here. Try painting the ceiling the same color as the walls for a monochromatic look. Or how about a floral wallpaper, copper tiles, or light almost-gray wood. Of course, a statement light to add pizzazz.
Walls. What’s on them? Your own style leads the way. This year showcases a myriad of creative ways to highlight a wall or two in a room.
* Whimsical wallpapers seem popular such a library of old books.

* Large meaningful words or oversized letters are scribed on plain colored walls.

* Exposed brick or concrete is contrasted with soft classy drapes.

* Painted bold wide stripes line an entire wall.

* Solid walls of upcycled or butcher block woods are also being seen.

* A black wall is covered with a myriad of photo prints.

Ethnic patterned tiles brighten a down toned bowl fountain.

Ethnic patterned tiles brighten a down toned bowl fountain.

The aim is to express your personality with unusual bold design elements as details or features.

An Introduction to Classical Design for your Modern home

In Greek mythology, Persephone associated with abundant vegetation and Spring - a lovely replica will fit nicely in your classic garden.

In Greek mythology, Persephone associated with abundant vegetation and Spring – a lovely replica will fit nicely in your classic garden.

When you hear the word classical, what do you think of? Do you think of powerful music composed by Mozart or Bach? Or do you think of 1970s grindhouse movie flicks? Although the word “Classic” has multiple definitions, today we are focusing on the Classical time period and its influence on design.

 

The Classical time period began approximately in 500 b.c. Greece and is also referred to as The Golden Age. This age brought about elaborate written works, theatrical plays and an overall harmonious sense of being. In architecture, columns, scroll patterns, and flower motifs flourished, adding a softer element to previously bolder designs.

 

This room displays a modern spin on Classical design. Notice the scroll pattern on the mirror and the saber legs on the wooden table.  Courtesy of DesignShuffle.com

This room displays a modern spin on Classical design. Notice the scroll pattern on the mirror and the saber legs on the wooden table.
Courtesy of DesignShuffle.com

Furniture and accessories during the Classical period involved wood and steel materials that were typically made into a scrolled pattern or arched configuration. Think about these materials and design when transforming your room to reflect Classical decor. Afterwards, focus on symmetry. Remember, the Classical period was about peace and harmony – therefore creating balance in your design is key.

 

This Filigrees doormat exhibits the scroll patterning prominent in Classical design beautifully.

This Filigrees doormat exhibits the scroll patterning prominent in Classical design beautifully.

Incorporating classical decor in your modern home is a great way to spring forward while obtaining a traditional design.
Our next article will focus on how to incorporate Classical Designs for Valentine’s day and other special occasions. For additional design tips and do it yourself projects, remember your friends here at Gardecor®