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Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 ~ A New Year with New Home Trends

You'd think that in this high-tech world, we'd be populating our homes with personal robots, however some folks are actually having a "bad reaction" to the high-tech gadgets for a "connected" home. All the "connected"ness and instant gratification of our culture is making some of us long for and create a home that is quite the opposite ~ we are choosing things that allow for reflection, ease, familiarity and visual delights. Here are 10 home trends that are anticipated throughout the new year....

Big, Comfy Sectionals ~ Sure, the sectional is the stuff of family rooms circa 1987, but it is back in a big way, and why shouldn't it be? As living rooms have become more relaxed places for lounging, we have less need for formal sofas and more love for a versatile padded zone that lets us sprawl out however we like. This sectional, dressed in elegant gray upholstery, invites one to lie down with a plush throw and a good book or game.

The Deep Blue ~ If there's one thing that causes the Houzzer community to hit the "like" button, it's a room coated in an interesting, saturated blue. Traditionally, blue has been a calming color. We think people like the idea of cozying up in the hues of the deepest sea. If you've already done black or charcoal, here's a new way to add richness and drama.

Old Table, Mod Seats ~ On Houzz, we are seeing a lot of interiors in which contemporary chairs are paired with rustic tables. Maybe it's just that people want it both ways, but we think that there's something else behind the popular look. By pairing two things that don't seem to go together, you are actually emphasizing the best qualities of both.



Black Window Sashes ~ Anyone who has ever seen a woman wearing eyeliner and mascara knows this fact: When you draw a dark line around something, you call attention to it. It seems like Houzzers can't get enough of windows with black trim , and this photo shows why—the dark color not only draws the eye to the gorgeous molding on these many-paned windows; it also pulls one's gaze to the leafy trees outside.

Libraries as Decor ~ There's something soothing about being surrounded by books. And now libraries are making a comeback, despite the proliferation of e-readers. Libraries preserve memories of the characters, the words, and the stories that have touched us—and remind us of where we've been and who we want to be.

Vintage Tubs ~ In this digital world, it's sometimes nice to retreat to something low-tech. Most vintage-style tubs don't have jets or infinity edges, but they do allow for an old-fashioned, all-embracing soak. On a related note, we're seeing bathtubs in bedrooms, too. There's something unspeakably luxurious about being able to roll out of bed and into a deep tub (or vice versa).

Pale Driftwood Finishes ~ When it comes to wood finishes, we're looking toward the beach and its pale-gray shades of driftwood. Products in this hue have the softness of lighter-colored boards but the gravitas of dark planks.

A Taste of the Hive ~ Geometric hexagons and honeycomb shapes are hot—whether in the form of chairs like these or in a tile or fabric pattern. The polygon feels both modern-modular and organic at the same time.

Four-Poster Beds ~ Four-poster beds are hardly new, but like many classic furniture designs, they they are having a moment. Why now? People love the romance of the pillared pieces. Plus, their cubelike form suggests four walls, which gives loungers a feeling of privacy and sanctuary, especially in loftlike spaces.

The Statement Light ~ You've heard about statement rings and statement sports cars. Now we're entering the age of the statement light fixture . None are more popular than grid-like light fixtures. The benefit of these beauties is that they are beautiful no matter which way the switch is flipped: Off, they look like sculpture; on, they cast lovely light and shadow patterns around the room.

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