As we head into 2015, let’s take a look at the interior design trends that were popular this year. We saw some trends carry over from last year, but some new surprises kept things interesting.
A common theme across many areas of the home and office is bringing the outdoors in. We spend so much time indoors these days, it seems that we’re all longing for a little piece of nature even when we aren’t able to get outside. Here’s how we incorporated nature into our interior spaces, along with some other popular design trends this year.
In the kitchen we saw simple, clean lines accented with natural materials and textures like bamboo, reclaimed wood, marble, and limestone. Kitchens took “natural” to a new level this year with eco-friendly, germ-resistant countertops, energy-saving appliances, and water-saving faucets.
Kitchens are often one of the first rooms to see new technology, and this year was no exception. High-tech features in the kitchen grew in popularity this year as we saw more charging stations and flat-screen TVs integrated into kitchens. Touch-activated faucets, steam ovens, and induction cook tops were in high demand as well, and we don’t predict that demand slowing down anytime soon.
To keep things from looking too “techy” and sterile, some unexpected pops of color made their ways into kitchens this year – and we don’t just mean dishtowels and teakettles. In 2014, we started seeing pops of color on appliances and even cabinetry. Stainless steel is still a timeless choice for kitchens, but our classic friend has welcomed some bright colors into its space as well.
As always, kitchens are popular gathering places – some are even calling them the new family rooms. As a result, kitchen cabinets are becoming more like furniture, and counters and islands are becoming dining tables. Comfortable gathering spaces are important for people who congregate in the kitchen for more than just the food.
One area where you may not wish for big groups, however, is the bathroom. Baths are becoming more luxurious private sanctuaries than ever. As with kitchens, we’re bringing the outdoors in with bathroom design. Glass walls, natural materials like marble and wood on the walls, and frameless showers help create a feeling of relaxing in nature while you indulge in some “me” time.
To help enhance the feeling of luxury, we saw lots of extra perks in the bath this year – soaking tubs, steam showers, and radiant heat floors that help create a spa-like experience in the bath for many homeowners.
Lastly, let’s step outside the home and look at trends in office spaces this year. Once again we saw people bringing the outdoors inside to help counterbalance the many hours we spend at work. Natural light and plants aren’t just aesthetically pleasing but can also improve air quality and help improve the moods of office workers.
Another popular trend in offices is the open floor plan. As offices and cubicles disappear, we’re seeing more collaborative spaces. The trend of open floor plans isn’t especially new, but this year we saw some creative solutions start taking shape—especially at the Orgatec show in October—to address the lack of privacy problem. Collaborative spaces are becoming more mobile and can be reconfigured to meet the needs of the moment. “Touchdown” spaces also became more popular this year. Touchdowns are quiet, more private spaces where workers can make a phone call or get some “think” time to balance their team time.
Some of this year’s trends will hang on in 2015 while others will say their goodbyes. One thing’s for sure, though: Table legs, bases, and adjustable desks from Table Leg World will always be in style!