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The Great Eight

A shift to transitional design, a contemporary comeback, use of metals and desire for a healthy home — 25 interior design experts share predictions for 2015


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS: NEIL KELLY - Creature comforts such as heated floors and heated towel racks never go out of style.Neil Kelly Company, an award-winning design-build remodeling firm, announces its top eight interior design trends for 2015.

When the 25 design consultants at the Neil Kelly Company weighed in on what’s new for your home in 2015, they were talking about 2015 design trends — not fads. So, as tempting as it is to include cute, funky little gadgets that are better suited to late night TV hawkers, Neil Kelly will stick with the design trends that will last through and well past 2015.

Trend #1: The Next Frontier — According to the world’s leading platform for home remodeling and design, Houzz.com, nearly half of us remodel to prevent potential health problems. This trend is more anesthetic than aesthetic.

To reduce, reuse and rebirth will be a trend in 2015. Salvaging wood and repurposing it in remodels is a growing trend.“We believe that the healthy home is the next frontier in home renovation,” Neil Kelly President Tom Kelly said. “Remodelers have a critical role to play in helping people make changes — large and small— to improve their home environments."

Whether it’s non-offgassing finishes, no-formaldehyde cabinets, or better air filtration systems, homeowners realize a benefit to the family in creating a healthy living space. Take this notion one step further and you’ll discover Kohler’s SanSouci Touchless Toilet. That’s right: to flush this water closet you just wave your hand over the toilet — no touching required.

Trend #2: Creature Comforts — Some creature comforts never go out of style, and many see technological improvements over the years. That’s the case with heated floors in the bathroom.

“It gets pretty cold in Central Oregon, so my clients here often want heated floors,” designer Kathleen Donohue said. “And these clients took it a step further and added an increasingly popular feature — a heated towel rack.”

Neil Kelly designers like using a host of colors, rather than selecting one color for the year.Trend #3: Reduce, Reuse, Re—birth? Talk to any sustainability expert and at some point during the conversation you’ll hear the phrase “life cycle.” It’s not necessarily an extreme concept that the products Neil Kelly uses have their own life cycle. Some are long, like brick. Some are short, like fast food. And some never die. For example, Viridian is a Portland company that takes beautiful old wood, saves it from the landfill, and re-purposes it as a raw material that some Neil Kelly designers are known to gobble up.

“When shipping containers make their way from Asia they look pretty rough, but with a little sanding, beautiful colors and grain patterns appear,” design consultant Karen Richmond said. “It’s versatile, bursts with personality, and it’s wood we wouldn’t normally have available to work with.”

Trend #4: Remodel vs. Move — An emerging housing trend is that more and more folks are opting to remodel their existing home than move to a new one. In other words, they’d rather “love it” than “list it”.

Richmond was recently asked by homeowners to change the entire orientation of their home to take advantage of the existing view.

“It made more sense for them to stay and use the fantastic property they already owned, instead of hunting all over and paying top dollar to find another piece of land,” Richmond said. Clearly every situation is different, but as a trend many sources confirm that more folks are discovering it’s cheaper and more satisfying to stay than go.

Metal accents such as this brass sink add an artistic design element.Trend #5: Heavy Metal — From copper pendant lighting to brass sinks, metal is making rounds in the home for 2015.

“Shades and tones of copper are in the mix,” design consultant Heidi Hawk said. “I love working with multiple mediums as it brings out the artistic side of design.”

Trend #6: And The Winning Color Is — Neil Kelly designers actually despise having to pick one color for a year, because usually there are a whole host of colors that catch our eyes.

Here’s a little color tip straight from design consultant Diane Foreman: “If you want to know what the hot colors are going to be in the coming year, don’t go to the paint store, go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond — or any store that sells bath towels,” she said. “They will start stocking new towel colors long before those colors show up in the paint stores. Retail has to be way ahead of the game.”

Trend #7: Contemporary Comeback — According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s style report, hundreds of designers agree there is a move toward simplicity in a cleaner, more contemporary design. Say goodbye to rustic and hello to a more minimalist modern groove.

“Most people who are looking for contemporary design are looking for a clean, pared down look that is minimalist yet beautiful," design consultant Sandi Erdman said.

Trend #8: Transitional over Traditional — A few years ago raised panel cabinet doors were all the rage. Now, flat cabinet panels are in.

“And that’s probably the biggest component in that design shift,” design consultant Janel Campbell said. “I think people have so much going on in their daily lives that when they get home they are looking for a peaceful atmosphere with less clutter — fewer lines — and less stress.”

About Neil Kelly Company

Neil Kelly Company helps homeowners care for all aspects of their homes. Services include custom homes, award-winning design-build remodeling, energy upgrades and home repairs big and small.

Homeowners are invited to visit Neil Kelly design centers or attend free educational workshops. Learn more online at www.neilkelly.com.

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