The look of 2015 is dramatic, modern, and rich.
How was your holiday? I am rested and rejuvinated and excited to see what the New Year has in store! Back to the gym too, it’s fun to eat whatever you want during the holidays but it’s time to stop having a chocolate for desert at breakfast, lunch and dinner, haha.
This dramatic shade has moved from being an accent colour in the background to the foreground as a main colour.
I would recommend you pass on this one unless your kitchen looks like this (above) or this over-the-top-styled-to-perfection kitchen (below).
The average builder house with regular uppers will die in black. If you do choose black make sure your countertops, backsplash and floors–if possible–are white.
Black done wrong is oppressive and depressing.
Remember the 80’s black toilets and sinks in powder rooms? If you want to introduce the drama of more black, keep it on the vanity like in this one below.
Keep your tiles, countertops and plumbing fixtures, white!
Gold has moved from lighting and hardware to furniture.
Is it trendy?
For the most part, yes. Unless you have a drawing room that looks like it’s right out of Downton Abby (below).
Just like all that lime washed furniture will eventually be dated, same with the gold. Just don’t fill your house with it from top to bottom and you can enjoy this trend in your home.
I’m loving it probably because it’s in the realm of my favourite colour, yellow.
I realized this Christmas that I really need to refresh my linens for entertaining, I did break down and buy this flatware from West Elm.
Jewel Tone Shades.
Colour is still bright but it’s getting richer and more dramatic.
4. Kitchens without Uppers (or at least partially)
Interior by Maria Killam
This is not a new trend but I’ve been thinking about this a lot and this is one trend I see as a classic. Once you turn one wall into a pantry which takes care of the storage (if you have the room to do that of course) who would ever want to go back to upper cabinetry?
Is watercolour the new chevron? I guess we’ll wait and see.
Or tie-dye, very close to it’s water colour sister.
Strong and vibrant blues are still going strong.
The Absence of Recessed Lighting
Sconces, surface mounts, pendants and lanterns, anything but recessed lighting.
Have you seen Velvet & Linen’s house in Veranda this month? Made me swoon.
I remember seeing these chairs on the Horchow site in the summer and thinking “Who would ever buy those?”. Well, here they are and aren’t they perfect, visually positioned in front of the solid bench seating to add texture NOT sitting in the middle of a garden.
Notice how the crushed rock is the same colour as the roof? No details were missed here.
Hey, I also have those natural fiber cushions from the Pottery Barn.
And in the world of graphic design: Flat Design vs. Realism
If you are designing a new website this year (like I am) you might be interested in this debate.
Here’s a great infographic that explains what I’m talking about.
Over to you my lovelies, which ones will you be incorporating in your home this year? Any hot trends I did not mention?
Happy New Year – here’s to a great one! xoxo Maria
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