New Year, New Look: Our Favorite Trends for 2015

New Year, New Look: Our Favorite Trends for 2015

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 7, 2015
A stylish home in Malmö, from Elle Decoration.
(Image credit: Elle Decoration)

Part of the fun of a new year is trying out new things. Here at Apartment Therapy, we've taken a look into our crystal ball and come up with these predictions for what the look of 2015 will be.

The new Wrong for Hay collection, spotted on Dezeen.
(Image credit: Dezeen)

1. Dark, moody colors.
For a long time we've been seeing mostly bright, white interiors (white walls, white floors, white ceiling), but I'm feeling a shift towards darker, moodier hues. Think navy, charcoal, hunter green, even aubergine.

A Madrid apartment spotted on Nuevo Estilo.
(Image credit: Nuevo Estilo)

2. A mix of old and new.
Combining furniture from different eras makes every space more dynamic. Shop antique stores (and grandma's attic) to give your space a sense of history, and a little extra warmth and depth.

A colorful encaustic tile backsplash in a kitchen from Milk Magazine.
(Image credit: Milk Magazine)

3. Colorful tile.
Move over, subway tile: colorful glazed and encaustic tiles are making waves in the world of renovating. They're especially lovely as a counterpart to stark, modern kitchens.

4. Texture.
Texture has been creeping back into home decor for a while, a reaction to the slick, super-modern looks that prevailed in the early 2000's. We predict that texture will be especially important in 2015, with furs (faux or real), warm woods, and patterned ethnic textiles stealing the spotlight.

The Marrakesh hotel Riad El Fenn, spotted on Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

5. Global influences, especially Turkish/Moroccan/Indian.
In our global society, it makes sense to look all over for design inspiration. Right now, designs from places like Turkey, Morocco, and India are especially popular: their rich colors and intricate patterns and textures are a nice fit with the rest of 2015's trends.

The home of interior stylist Marie Olsson Nylander, spotted on Fashion Squad.
(Image credit: Fashion Squad)

6. Black.
Black is — you guessed it — the new black. This is especially true when it comes to remodeling, with black hardware, black fixtures, and black trim popping up everywhere.

A modern leather sofa in a room by Hans Blomquist.
(Image credit: Hans Blomquist)

7. Leather.
Beautifully textured and effortlessly cool, leather is big for 2015, especially when paired with modern shapes. See: anything Poul Kjærholm.

(Image credit: House to Home)

8. Contrast.
Lest all this heavy, textured stuff get you down, keep in mind that 2015 will also be a year of contrasts: old and new, smooth and textured, light and dark. That's how you keep things interesting.

A New York apartment spotted on AD España.
(Image credit: Architectural Digest Spain)

9. Meaningful, well-edited 'clutter'.
Think of this look as a balance between 'an antique shop exploded in here' and 'where is all your stuff?'. It's a response to uber-minimalism but also a response to 'propping', which is what we call it when you put a lot of stuff out just for the heck out it. This 'clutter' is about leaving out a few things you find beautiful or meaningful, sort of like a three-dimensional scrapbook.

From Parisian designer Luis Laplace, via D Pages.
(Image credit: Luis Laplace)

10. Industrial Minimalism.
This is an industrial look without the rust and without the grunge — think Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille, two French designers whose designs have enjoyed a huge uptick in popularity in recent years.

So there are our predictions — have we hit the mark? Stick with us in 2015 to find out!

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