This Season’s Hottest Trends

By Dana Butler

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Much ado is make of the latest crop of home design trends, especially as designers, journalists and bloggers return from top-notch shows such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York or seasonal High Point Market shows in North Carolina. Some trends are shocking, some echo trends past, some seem to disappear faster than they can be found in stores and some reported “trends” are so general as to be only loosely considered such. (Painting your walls—trend or just something people do?) So what’s on tap for Fall 2015 and early 2016? You’ll hear a lot about bringing the outdoors in, via more living plants in your indoor spaces and having access, physically and/or visually to your patio or yard. Artisan-made and locally sourced goods are popular as well—often juxtaposed with traditional or heirloom pieces. In our greener world, sustainability is key, so recycling, repurposing and reuse will continue to be watchwords into the future. On the following pages, we take a closer look at some of the other style developments making a splash this season.


Pictures don’t do them justice; these items just beg to be touched. Faux fur, fibers and organic shapes are supplanting sleek finishes on everything from upholstery to accessories.


JAYSON HOME ZANN SIDEBOARD The design of this piece incorporates rough-hewn reclaimed fir and harkens back to the Brutalist movement of the last century. $2,495,


Blond Wood Furniture

A tendency toward naturalism, smaller living spaces and a continued passion for midcentury styles are driving homeowners’ desire for lighter wood finishes.


ROOM & BOARD ELTON BOOKCASE This airy bookcase mixes maple and steel for a modern look. $1999 at Room & Board, 222 Detroit St., 303.322.6462,



Bright florals are being reinterpreted for today’s home. Gone is the tacky chintz and black backgrounds, and in are patterns with softer edges or identifiable species.


STACY GARCIA PAPER MUSE AQUARELLA WALLPAPER These watercolor flowers bloom large on a background of either matte white or pearlescent finishes. $49.99/roll, through York Wallcoverings,


Geometric Tile

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes or bathroom walls, designers are increasingly leaning toward intricate patterns of color or texture that draw the eye and create visual interest with the illusion of movement.


AKDO ORIGAMI TILE The newest line from Akdo is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. The tiles come in a range of neutrals from gray to taupe, and the patterns explode off the floor or wall with M. C. Escher-like complexity. Prices vary,, at Decorative Materials, 595 S. Broadway, 303.722.1333,


Mixed Materials

Some of the most interesting accessories popping up on store shelves blend materials—wood, metal, glass, stone—in notable ways. These portmanteaus of the design world are at home in any interior design.


BOCONCEPT COMBI VASE This 7-inch vase is grounded by smooth cement and topped with clear glass. $38,



Naturally occurring color combinations, born over centuries of pressure, volcanic activity, oxidation and crystallization, form the basis of some of the most striking home accessories and furniture that you can find. At once ancient and modern, these pieces can be functional or purely decorative.


NATURAL AGATE FIM BOOKENDS Massive hunks of amethyst anchor your bookcase with style and substance. $340,


World Traveler

It’s not always necessary to circumnavigate the globe in order to furnish your home with items that reflect your international sensibilities whether your tastes run toward Asian, African or European details.


MAYA POUF This pouf—hand-embroidered and reminiscent of a Moroccan souk—is an ideal addition to any living space. It can be used as extra seating, a foot rest, or even an table, and brings a Bohemian flavor to the room. $179, at Arhaus, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 303.394.1001; Park Meadows, 303.799.3901,