It’s all about comfort and warmth in 2015, with jewel colours and natural fabrics set to dominate interior trends.
Go for gorgeous with colour
“What we are seeing for 2015 are a lot of lovely jewel colours and heritage tones such as burgundy, bottle green and teal. These colours will be popular right across the board, from interiors … through to fashion,” says Melbourne-based interior designer Terri Shannon from Bloom Interior Design.
“I think we’re starting to see a move away from pastels and also the very bright colours. More muted tones are coming in and these appeal to people’s desire for comfort and warmth in their home.” Burgundies, bottle greens, tan and leather-inspired tones, navy blues, teal, peacock greens and salmon pinks are among Bloom’s top interior colour picks for 2015.
She recommends sticking to a neutral interior palette that you can dress up with splashes of the latest-trend colours. “No matter what the season, people will always love using colour as a simple way to create a more contemporary feel. Cushions and rugs that add a pop of colour are a great way to give your home a seasonal lift without spending a fortune.”
Finishes and textures
“A lot of what I’m seeing for 2015 has an organic look and feel to it. Linens, leathers and animal furs will all be popular throughout the home.” Bloom says cowhide, sheepskin and goatskin soft furnishings will dominate.
“Think alpaca or goat-hair cushions, heavy, knitted throws and natural materials like wool, leather and linen. The trend will be to create a more comfortable environment in the home, and a look that isn’t too perfect. People will be happier to embrace an element of untidiness and go for a mixture of textures with their cushions, rugs and bed linen.”
Bloom sees texture as focal across every area of the home in 2015. “I think we’ll see a shift to more textural wallpapers instead of patterned wallpapers. I’m using a lot of grass-paper wallpaper already.
“In bathrooms and kitchens, textural tiles will be popular. We’ll also see lots of marbles and natural stones such as bluestone, all honed and with a matt finish. There’ll be nothing glossy. Interior decors will feature a strong organic feel and be very earthly and homely. “In bedrooms we will see a mix of natural textures and fibres with lots of linens, wools and sisals creating a casual, unstructured look.”
Furniture and fittings
Bloom sees comfort as the dominating influence on furniture in Australian homes in 2015. “I have a lot of clients now who want really comfortable couches and don’t want their furniture, or their homes in general, to be too sharp and pristine.”
Having visited recent design fairs in Paris, Bloom says the influence of Danish design on furniture remains strong. “I think this Scandi influence will continue throughout 2015, but with a bit more warmth and texture than we’ve seen in recent years. We’re seeing more varied shades of timber starting to come through in home furniture. There’s still lots of oak around, but there’s a lot more variation in colour and a lot more warmth.
“I think we’ll see more people going for an eclectic look and mixing Scandinavian with French-designed furniture, for example. And as always, furniture that works in Australian homes will be a local interpretation of European styling.
“Matt finishes will be more popular than ever for timber furniture and joinery, and also for floors. Glossy kitchen cabinets are definitely a no-no.” In bathrooms, Bloom expects brass and bronze to make a comeback.
“Look for unlacquered brass taps or even gold tapware, which look amazing in a bathroom against a neutral palette of textured tiles.” Key interior trends for 2015 include an emphasis on comfort with earthy, organic furnishings and jewel colours. Achieve the look with cowhide or sheepskin and pops of burgundy, peacock or bottle green, or navy.