A Look Back at Our Favorite Trends of 2015

A Look Back at Our Favorite Trends of 2015

Nancy Mitchell
Dec 15, 2015
(Image credit: Dimore Studio)

Trends in home decor aren't quite like fashion: while fashion can be traced to the runway, which changes every year, home design is a little harder to pin down, since most people don't redecorate every 12 months. Still, it's fun to take a look back which looks and ideas dominate a particular time. Here are some design trends that helped define the look of 2015. Some were new, and some were diehards that just kept on going...

Dark, moody colors.
In a dramatic swing from the bright, white, uber-minimalist Scandinavian interiors that dominated design blogs for so long, 2015 brought a host of darker, more moody colors to the interior design scene. These greys and mauves and sober blues and even hunter greens add a bit of drama and sophistication to any space.

The popularity of houseplants is part of an embrace of bohemian, textured decor in general. We also saw plants popping up in spaces that were a little more minimal and well-behaved, like this Portland home.

(Image credit: Ballingslov)

Warm metals, especially gold and brass.
Warm metals, including gold, brass, copper, and rose gold, continued to dominate the scene. This is something that's been going on for a long time, and doesn't show any signs of abating, although the pendulum is sure to swing back in the other direction eventually, since the only thing you can really count on, when it comes to fashion, is change.

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Whether it was a fluffy Beni Ourain rug or a funky piece of textile art, anything textured was big in 2015. There's no better way to add a little interest and warmth to your space.

Industrial Details.
Exposed pipes and ducts and beams and all the trappings of cool urban loft living have been big for some time now, but 2015 saw a sort of twist on the look with the ascendance of industrial details, like the steel-framed window above, with a certain minimalist appeal. Suddenly these windows were everywhere, even inside, serving as everything from room dividers to shower enclosures.

(Image credit: Timorous Beasties)

Prints gone wild.
This year saw the ascendance of weird, wild, wobbly patterns with a lot of energy and movement, like Timorous Beasties' Kaleido Splatt Railroad, pictured above. Also on trend? Anything marbleized.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Black accents.
Nothing packs a punch — and adds a little extra sophistication — quite like black. 2015 was a big year for the broodingest of colors, with glossy black making frequent appearances on trim and railings and matte black a consistently popular choice for lighting and kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

(Image credit: Nordic Design)

If 2015 was the year of black and dark colors, it was also the year of pink. Pink was everywhere — especially pale pink, and this unsaturated, almost bandaid-y pink that makes the most unexpected and flattering backdrop for pretty much anything.

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