2015 Trend Spotting
By Lynda Simonton
In this first installation of a series, some of the hottest New England interior designers share their point of view on 2015’s emerging design trends.
Joshua Shockley, Joshua Shockley Interior Design, Providence
“I think that bright, geometric wallpapers will continue to be a strong trend in 2015. As we emerge from a slow economy I am seeing clients ask for both classic and contemporary optimistic prints. To that point, we are seeing a revival of traditional houses that are digging in their pattern libraries and re-issuing optimistic patterns. Cole & Sons, Brunschwig & Fils, and Hinson to name a few.
I also love the American manufacturing revival that is happening. From Waterworks to Schoolhouse Electric, we are seeing solid, machined fittings and turnings that uphold a level of quality that is uniquely American”.
Kathie Chrisicos, Chrisicos Interiors, Boston
“Customization of interiors, including furnishings, accessories and even paint colors, is a trend that we will see more of in 2015. Clients want to make personal statements in their homes. In my work I seek to personalize the design plan to my client’s unique tastes and preferences. Customizing allows me to offer bespoke pieces from small local artisans and vendors, creating a collaborative experience for everyone. Working locally allows clients to be involved with the process at every step”.
Leslie Fine, Leslie Fine Interiors, Boston
“With the Boston building economy booming, the migration from suburban to city living will continue to increase. In connection with the interior design world, the focus will be on downsizing from larger homes to smaller urban dwellings with the goals of maximizing function, comfort, and lifestyle. As a result, the trends for the coming year will include the need and desire to streamline possessions and design styles for a cleaner lined, contemporary aesthetic. Rooms that serve multi functions, creative storage solutions and furnishings that align with an active, urban lifestyle will continue to be the direction for 2015”.
Kelly Taylor, Kelly Taylor Interior Design, Providence
“I believe 2015 is going to be a pivotal year in eliminating the use of chemical flame-retardants in furniture. Many people have no idea how many chemicals they are sitting—and worse—sleeping on (yes, they are in mattresses too). These chemicals have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and even lower IQs in children. Many major companies, like Facebook, have begun boycotting furniture made with these toxic chemicals and many major commercial furniture makers, like Humanscale, have stopped using flame-retardants all together. I think we’re going to see a lot more of this trend in residential furnishings this year and I am super psyched about it.
On the color front, I’m into grays of all shades—mixed together in solids, bold patterns, from fabrics to flooring to counters to walls. We’re currently specifying grays for at least three projects, from looped carpeting to plank cork floors. I say forget Marsala (Pantone’s 2015 color of the year)—bring on the gray”!
Stay tuned for more news and trends next week.