Every January, we crave the hottest trends for the upcoming year. But rather than guess or base our opinions on past trends, we decided to go right to the source.
Christophe Badarello, industrial design director at The Hunter Fan Company and Casablanca, has more than 30 years of design experience. Badarello has led design teams in Boston, Chicago and Memphis. Prior to joining Hunter, Badarello served as the director of product development and design at Syratech, where he developed dinnerware, flatware, and tableware for companies including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Vatican, Polaroid, Farberware, Faberge, Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, and Warner Brothers. If there is anyone who knows what trends will hit next, it’s Badarello.
ImproveNet: What design trends do you see emerging in 2015?
Badarello: There is never one single trend in décor since consumers have such varied tastes. They want a range of materials, silhouettes, and motifs to choose from. They also want different styles. One style consumers will continue to be drawn to is contemporary. However, they may gravitate less towards 1950s and 1960s inspiration and more toward products and patterns that evoke the 1970s.
Scandinavian-modern looks will be especially compelling, such as interesting forms with a sense of geometric purity, materials that are smooth and perfect and surface designs that feel flat, yet vivid.
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What popular trend should homeowners avoid in 2015?
Since one size does not fit all when it comes to décor trends, the only caution consumers need is to embrace what feels right to them and avoid anything that would make them feel uncomfortable in their own home.
If someone just moved into a new home, what is your one piece of design advice?
First, get emotional. Let your immediate gut reaction to a color, material, or style guide your décor choices. If you like a particular color or combination—if it makes you feel uplifted, relaxed or whatever you wish to feel in that room—it will be a good long-term choice. If not, turn your attention elsewhere until you find something that resonates with you.
Secondly, if you have a favorite item you have purchased or inherited, a new home is the perfect opportunity to showcase that piece in a new way. You can even build a room around it. This is especially true of a rug, which many interior designers like to use as a foundation piece that informs everything else in the room. It also applies to a large piece of furniture, like a cabinet.
What colors will really emerge in 2015?
Unlike 2014, reds will have more to say in 2015, especially dark reds. Dark-value reds, like oxblood, have been gaining homeowners’ attention for more than a year. Now that Marsala has been named Pantone’s color of the year, dark reds will have even more opportunities. Immensely usable, they will work in virtually every décor-product category and in every material.
The green family will also make a huge statement in 2015. Watch for hues in all values that are gradually warming due to the influence of yellow on green. Think sage, khaki, and olive, plus a return to deep-value hunter that looks warmer than emerald or evergreen.
What are the most popular style choices over the last year as far as rustic, modern, traditional, etc.? Is there a dominant style or do you see all?
2014 has been a good year for modern, but at the same time, traditional looks, modernized for the 21st century, have made cleaned-up classics look right again. Watch for this to be a particular growth area in 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile, patterns with a tribal sensibility have kept rustic looks on the trend radar, as well.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our fans?
We are becoming more adventurous when it comes to both color and design. That said, most of us like to try something before we jump in with both feet. The ongoing embrace of eclectic decorating makes that possible, and small, relatively inexpensive items are easy to work into current décor. Think about dinnerware and table linens, throw pillows, and portable lighting as some of the best ways to audition a color, pattern, or style.
As Badarello points, go with your gut when it comes to design. Be emotional when it comes to remodeling your home in 2015. While these hot trends for 2015 may be popular among your peers (like reds and hues), if you don’t feel at home with them, what’s the point?
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