Bringing the outdoors in

What’s “in” for 2015 when it comes to color and design? One of the big trends we’re anticipating for the New Year is a focus on all things natural, aged and weathered. We will continue to hear the mantra to repurpose, reuse, and go green and the outdoors will move inside in all kinds of beautiful ways.

This time of year, it’s common to use elements of nature as decorations in our homes and places of work – from holly berries and pinecones to trees and wreaths. But the trend of bringing the outdoors in will extend past the holiday season as we move into January and beyond.

We’ll see the blending of reclaimed wood — for floors, furniture, and accessories –with more modern touches. Dining and coffee tables with purposeful imperfections will achieve the perfect balance of rustic elegance. Items that are oxidized, faded and worn or covered with a copper patina will also be popular. Think hurricane lamps candlesticks, frames and relics salvaged from old buildings and barns. In fact, “Copper Orange” was named colour of the year 2015 by Colour Futures. According to the Colour Futures website, “It reflects and complements all of the major trends that we have identified for 2015: a warmth in attitude and a renewed emphasis on sharing; the natural palette of the earth, from clay tones to sunlit highlights of yellow; the skin tones that reflect human interaction and the sepia hues of the past.”

Art will take the form of chunks of raw minerals and gemstones.  Pisceans will see their aquamarine birthstone as a prominent design feature in living room conversation pieces, such as vases, throw pillows and ottomans. Look for driftwood sculpted into coat racks, tables and chairs, or simply hung on the wall.

Color palettes of off whites, light beiges, grayed browns of all intensities, moss green, and pale blues are representative of this mood. These comforting colors soothe the soul and help reconnect us with a simpler time.

What elements of nature have you used indoors?