Trends You Can Use

Every season brings new trends; some gain a foothold in the mainstream design vocabulary, others are blown away by a new season.

Forecasters seldom agree across the board on trends, but generally, we see a few broad shifts each year. Nail-head trim on furniture is holding on, although it seems as if it may wane in a season or two. Chevron prints are out; subtle painterly, marbleized patterns on fabric will nudge their way onto the design scene. Textured fabrics are important. The organic look featuring materials from nature is strong. Nostalgic green joins orchid and gray as popular color choices, but predictions for accents cover the spectrum. Metals—especially soft bronze, brass and gold—show up everywhere: furniture, accessories, mirrors, wallpaper, tile and fabric. Marble is staging a comeback. Chandeliers from funky to traditional turn up in historic and contemporary homes. The most important trend, as always, is finding your own style and using what suits you and your home.


Metal is everywhere…in furniture, accessories, fabrics, tile and mosaics. And you can use it anywhere, whether your style is traditional, transitional, mid-century modern or contemporary. Look for soft, hand-rubbed bronzes, brass, copper and gold; silver and pewter complement the popular grays.


This mirror is inspired by abstract art, with a burnt metal finish. $1,095. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,

ALLURE COLLECTION Enchant Thassos with Silver and Pewter Mirror Mosaic

Metal and mirror meet to create textured mosaics in modern, on-trend geometric patterns. It creates a shimmering backdrop for a sophisticated wet bar. AKDO, to-the-trade only; pricing from your interior designer; Available through Decorative Materials, Denver, 303.722.1333 |

DALTILE Tiger Eye™ Glass and Metal Wall Mosaics

This stunning option for backsplashes and accent walls will transform your space into an exotic escape. Available in block random styled glass and metal blends, the mosaics can be placed horizontally or vertically. Daltile, Prices vary. Available from Colorado Floorworks, Denver | 303.487.3500

Caspian Stainless

Indo Stainless

Bali Bronze

Siberian Copper

Sumatran Copper

Java Copper


The sophisticated look of marble adds a timeless quality to any room. The versatile material can be used on floors, walls and countertops and in contemporary or traditional settings. Marble is staging a dramatic comeback; look for it in an increasing number of kitchens and baths.

MARBLE IN THE KTICHEN: Marble makes a beautiful backsplash and countertop, cut with a Dupont edge profile. Serpentine, a magnesium silicated based stone that is often mistaken for calcite-based marble, is more acid- and abrasion-resistant than true marble and makes it ideal for countertops and outdoor applications.

MARBLE IN THE BATHROOM: An entire bathroom from shower to floor to countertops can be paved in marble to create a cool, clean look in traditional or contemporary designs.


Look for dramatic, creative, unusual, colorful and art-as-lighting fixures, as well as a resurgence of the traditional, shimmering crystal chandelier.


Colored chandeliers are on-trend. Translucent glass beads of sky blue add the perfect touch of sophistication and whimsy to any room. $2,042. 800.927.5618 |


The on-trend shape is crafted of driftwood with striations making each piece unique. $1,050. 800.927.5618 |


The modern shape of this iron chandelier has a soft brass finish with five bulbs radiating warm light. $1,500. Mitchell gold + Bob Williams, 720.214.8060 |


This futuristic look with an antique brass finish is perfect for mid-century modern homes. $1,920. 800.927.5618 |


Gray remains the go-to neutral; look for soft gray to start appearing in more kitchens and baths. Several forecasters are looking at a nostalgic green to stage a comeback. The strong “punch” hues cover the spectrum, and softer shades can be used for accent walls.

SEDATE GRAY by Sherwin-Williams lends sophistication and subtlety to every room it colors: living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

BREAKFAST ROOM GREEN by Farrow &Ball can color more walls than the breakfast room. Apply it wherever you want an earthy green with some substance.

WOOD VIOLET by Sherwin-Williams is great for a punch of color; choose a softer shade to go big with this color in a room.