The West Australian | 2015 style forecast

Style forecast


January 16, 2015, 2:00pm

Picture: Edwards Moore for Dulux

From colours to kitchens, five industry insiders share their predictions for the trends that will shape our homes in 2015.



The style gurus at Perth showroom designFARM are forecasting that our love affair with mid-century Danish design will continue.

“The highly influential design of Danish modernist Hans J Wegner and his comrades continues to be a strong focus for traditional timber furniture design,” designFARM’s Hayley Beaden said.

“Younger Danish brands such as Hay, well known for its fresh, minimal- meets-fun aesthetic, will bring a distinctively Scandinavian colour palette with combinations of pastels, muted tones and bright neon applied against a backdrop of traditional soaped oak.”

Ms Beaden said fine steel framework in black, bronze and copper finishes also remained a strong trend for chairs, tables and side tables.



Greens and browns, stormy grey-blues and pastel hues are set to dominate our walls this year, according to Dulux colour expert Bree Leech.

For a sunny space, Ms Leech suggested a white base with highlights of bold colour. “Bold colours work well in well-lit rooms where they’re less likely to become washed out,” she said.

“Teal and aqua are great hues to try so look at Dulux Mineral Green and Island Sea for inspiration, against a white such as Lexicon Half.”

For low-light spaces, choose deeper, moody hues. “Often people think painting a darker room white will make it feel lighter, however those rooms often just feel cold and lack colour and what would normally be a bright white appears grey and shadowy. Try colours such as Dulux Man Friday, Mirage Blue or Purri Sticks – they’re all greyed-off hues so will fit a moody space well.”



“There’s a trend towards mixing interesting textures,” Shana Parkinson, from Warwick Fabrics, said. “For example, a sofa could be upholstered in a textured woven fabric with a contrast piping in luxurious velvet.

“We’re also expecting to see the shade Marsala, colour corporation Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year. This rich, earthy tone is a great accent against soft greys, which are still a strong interior trend.

“We also expect the wool and linen trend to continue.”



Denise Hammond of Beacon Lighting said that LED would remain a key trend because it was both practical and affordable compared with other lighting alternatives.

“Pendant lighting is also hot with strong demand for finishes such as copper, concrete, marble and timber, from delicate blonde ash through to rich walnut shades,” she said.

“Metals will have softer matte finishes of black, grey, and beige and bursts of colour such as mustard and terracotta.”

She said another lighting trend to watch for was sculptural forms, including cylinders and teardrops.



Timber finishes, tactile surfaces and the rise of “greige” – were some of the hottest directions for kitchens, according to Steve Johnson, of kitchen and bathroom specialists Retreat Design.

Mr Johnson said greige – a colour cross between grey and beige – and matte, tactile surfaces such as concrete and clay-look materials were particularly on-trend.

An exciting development was Fenix NTM, a soft-touch, matte, durable material for benchtops and cabinetry.

“Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo, an interpretation of Calacatta marble without the hefty price tag, will be another popular benchtop,” Mr Johnson said.

“We’ll also see solid timber panels and timber veneers teamed with black- and-white tones in the kitchen this year.”

Other kitchen trends on the horizon included pop-up power outlets, taps with sparkling and filtered water, feature tapware and sinks in matte black, red, copper and brass.


Mr Johnson said the trend for timber, tactile surfaces and feature tapware was also set to make a splash in the bathroom.

“Natural and organic surfaces such as stone and veined marble are still on-trend,” he said.

“Also expect to see more matte surfaces in the bathroom – a departure from glossy lacquer.” Bathroom trends spotted at last year’s Milan Design Week included concrete and clay-look textures, and cement render on feature walls and benchtops, according to Mr Johnson.

“There were also black, grey and pale blue bathtubs, matte black tapware, floor-mounted taps and splashes of copper,” he said.




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