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By Shanna Perkins
Interior design trends are one of the best ways to create a contemporary environment that can easily be changed when the style begins to fade. It doesn’t matter if you’re building from the ground up or doing a quick remodel, experiment with these trends for 2015.
Wall Of Fame
Wallpaper is experiencing a comeback, and this isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper. The New Year will usher in digital prints and textured wall treatments. In the past we’ve seen a strong trend of painting one wall in an accent color to create a statement wall. Wallpaper is replacing this trend. So, if you’re not bold enough to cover every wall in patterned paper, one is fine. Experiment with geometrical patterns, textures and large-scale imagery to find the perfect fit for your home. Think of it as artwork that occupies an entire wall.
Pop Of Color
For nearly four years we’ve seen neon accent colors used in interior design. This is currently being replaced by colors from the opposite end of the spectrum. Blues are being splashed all over design boards; Mediterranean blue, navy and indigo are all predicted to be popular accent colors. Pantone declared Marsala the 2015 color of the year. Blue is a perfect complement for Marsala and for the muted color palette that is currently trending.
Using restored vintage pieces is an excellent way to incorporate a neutral color palette into your current design concept. These pieces also create a muted canvas that’s begging for accent pieces in deep blue or warm Marsala. Andree McAnally of Queen City Cabinetry & Interiors in New Iberia explains how she uses refurbished pieces in her interior designs.
“Restoring and refurbishing second-hand vintage pieces to be repurposed and recycled is a huge source of inspiration that can be mixed with contemporary furniture to add a personalized and unique look to this year’s interior decorating trends,” she explains. “I love integrating old rustic barn lights and worn, weathered wood with fine carved French antiques and sleek modern glass and metals. It adds that fresh polished look, but it’s still comfortable enough to put your feet up.”
Patterns like chevron have run their course and are being replaced by patterns inspired by nature. Soft floral or sharp greenery patterns are being predicted for all areas of interior design. Even animal prints that haven’t been as popular, like cow print, are making themselves known. Salvaged stones and woods are also popular natural elements to bring inside of the home. Walteen Broussard of Sweet Interiors in New Iberia explains how to bring the outside in.
“You can spend time in nature without leaving your house. Surround yourself with rustic furniture in solid wood, cowhides and antlers. A hide rug is a classic textural piece, and feels so interesting underfoot. Layer this rug over hardwood or sealed concrete floors for a natural feel,” she suggests. “Place a set of deer antlers on a tray or tabletop to add the elegance and rustic character of nature to your home.”
In terms of design, “midcentury” refers to the 1950s, which has recently been recognized by museums and scholars as one of the more significant periods in design. However, nobody wants their home to look as if The Fonz lives above the garage. Here are a few ways to discreetly incorporate this growing trend. Use sharp lines and white walls to create a clean canvas that will balance out heavy patterns and textures. Use the patterns and textures sparingly, like in an area rug or a piece of wall art. Incorporate large vintage accessories as focal points.
American Society of Interior Designers member Todd Zimmerman, owner of Design by Todd in Lafayette gives two examples of timeless pieces that will let any room have a midcentury modern moment. “The Eiffel, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948, was a simple side chair that has only become more popular since its inception and used readily today as a side chair. Poul Henningsen who began designing light fixtures, fulfilling a lifelong passion, designed the artichoke lamp in 1958,” Zimmerman continues. “One of his most famous, the PH “Artichoke” Lamp, became immediately popular, gracing the lobby spaces of public buildings in Denmark as well as the interiors of private homes and businesses, as it still does today.”
Upcoming trends in architecture and home design will reflect social and cultural issues. The popularity of downsized homes has made architects develop design methods that create ultra efficient living spaces that benefit the environment and the residents. Functional interiors, uncluttered homes and creative designs will remain the biggest trends in design for 2015.
Passive House Standards
Since 2007, more than 1,000 builders, energy consultants, architects and engineers have been trained by the Passive House Institute U.S. to create high-performance passive buildings. Homes can be built or upgraded to achieve a passive standard. The design concept allows the home to use very little energy to heat and cool itself. It’s achieved through solar power, insulation, ventilators and other high performance components. This type of construction is inspired by the global community’s desire for a more energy efficient, affordable and greener lifestyle. Passive building has steadily become the mainstream market standard.
Because home construction is about creating more efficient living areas, storage space is created with purpose. It’s combined with additional design elements to maximize the functionality of the interior space. There’s a playful and creative approach that is emerging in design, especially in the area of storage. Acclaimed design studios like Seoul Studio Moon Hoon and Tribe Studio have implemented unique staircases and pulley systems as forms of innovative storage.
Mark Fontenot of Garage Solutions, LLC in Lafayette explains how to incorporate storage designs that work as additions to your home. “Let’s face it, organization needs are continuously changing and evolving, which is why we designed an organization system that is as unique as the individuals that use it. This New Year, along with the building of smaller garages in new homes will bring new designs and processes to help the homeowner get organized,” Fontenot explains. “At Garage Solutions, LLC we specialize in the latest ‘State of the Art’ storage systems.”
Living in a disaster proof home no longer means living in a small bunker. These designs are built to better withstand natural disasters that are common to the region the home is in. They’re also designed so that they can be quickly and efficiently reconstructed in the event they are damaged by the elements. Avoiding damage brought on by storms is of particular importance in Louisiana. BeauSoleil is a solar home that was created and constructed by a team from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The home is equipped with hurricane and storm protection elements.
Architect W. Geoff Gjertson is a professor of architecture at UL. He is also the author “Generating Hope: Stories of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home.” Gjertson explains in his book why these measures should be considered when redesigning or building.
“Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused nearly $120 billion worth of damage in 2005. Insurance companies give 30 percent discounts for storm protection measures,” he states. “Storm protection is an element of sustainability because it aids in resiliency and reduces maintenance expenditures.”
Every homeowner likes to believe that their home will be their personal retreat, a place with a calm environment. To ensure that this is achieved, the element of relaxation should be factored into the design process. The home spa business is rapidly expanding because designs continue to include lavish bathtubs and spa elements into homes’ layouts. Peaceful design elements will continue to be factored into plans, encouraging positive energy and relaxation.