Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2015

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

Black 

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).

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

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!

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{Via Domaine Home}

Gold has moved from lighting and hardware to furniture.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

 {via Bernhardt Furniture}

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{via pinterest}

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).

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{Highclere’s Drawing Room}

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

Jewel Tone Shades.

Colour is still bright but it’s getting richer and more dramatic.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{via pinterest}

4. Kitchens without Uppers (or at least partially)

maria'skitchen

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?

Watercolour Prints

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{via Horchow}

Is watercolour the new chevron? I guess we’ll wait and see.

Tie-dyed Prints

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{source}

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

Or tie-dye, very close to it’s water colour sister.

Strong and vibrant blues are still going strong.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

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The Absence of Recessed Lighting

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

{Veranda Magazine}

Sconces, surface mounts, pendants and lanterns, anything but recessed lighting.

Have you seen Velvet & Linen’s house in Veranda this month? Made me swoon.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

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

Related posts:

Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2014

2015 Trend Alert: Olive Green from Highpoint

Am I Trendy If there’s no Grey in my House? (Oh Yeah)

If you would like to learn how to choose the right white for trim, woodwork, cabinets and walls, get my brand new eBook, White is Complicated–A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White.

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  1. I love your decorating tips, bought your book on undertones, and checked out your pinterest pages. However could you loosen up a little on the all white kitchens long enough to give any advice about actual wood kitchens? I mean wouldn’t it be boring if everyone on the planet had a white kitchen. Sure it might be more “timeless” but we we all be bored stiff. In the new year, consider branching out and accepting that sometimes wood cabinets are just right, and giving advice about how to choose the right ones.

    • Haha, noted! I did go into how to choose the right colour in detail in my on-line training which is no longer available on my site. I will include it in future training! Maria