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Houston Blogger Joni Webb

Welcomes in 2015 With Bright, Bold Decorating Trends

For the second half of this decade, there are several major design elements that seem to be here to stay – for a while, anyway.

Trends stay current for around 10 years, and most of these looks have been gaining in popularity for the past five years.

The younger set is definitely driving the most major of changes.

Monochromatic, all white or beige interiors seem boring now – unless there are pops of color around. Twenty, 30-and 40-year- olds want color and pattern. And they favor more contemporary and mid-Century designs.

For those, like me – who are older and more settled – bold color and pattern can be very scary. Anything other than white has definitely gone against my aesthetic. But I have to say, I find myself more and more attracted to both color and pattern.

In my own family room, (above left) I recently changed out my simple striped curtains for patterned ones and added pops of pink linen (with the throw pillows). I really would like to add a pink chintz or patterned fabric to my chairs. And I’d like to swap the linen for velvet, a material I prefer. Maybe this year I’ll take the leap...

Some designers are going bold in some previously white-only rooms. One designer chose to introduce yellow and pinks in a once-all white room. She drew inspiration from a painting.

Another designer paired together a bright green with a soft aqua color to yellow, which she used on the curtains and a loveseat. In the same room, a tufted sofa remains white, in addition to a chair.

The tufted look has really taken off. But the biggest trend this decade is in lighting fixtures. The Sputnik is THE fixture to have. It’s everywhere now. And it instantly brings a trend factor to the room.

Another lighting fixture being used to update and complement a mix of classic and modern styles is the lacquered metal Mouille light.

Blue is a hot color this year. While many of the blues are very bright, I prefer a softer shade. Velvet is also a trendy fabric. And, did you know that cotton velvet can be placed in the washing machine? Yes!

In addition to the velvets and tufting, I’m seeing more dark painted walls, touches of gold metal, patterned rugs, and wallpaper.

Design daredevil Jessie Miller created my favorite room ever in her “One Room Challenge.” She created in six weeks a stunning room – and one that offers everything the younger set is lusting after and more. First, the walls are black. And there is the crystal Sputnik from Anteriors – gorgeous! She added molding, a faux-finished fireplace and a gold bedframe.

Black and white patterned floors are popular, too.

Mossy green velvet, green walls and animal print rugs, such as leopard, offer a trendy look.

Mixing metals is on trend, as well. Gold is back. In fact, you’ll find it mixed with silver, brass and bronze.

Bar carts are a hot item, too.

Welcome 2015!

This is a modified reprint of a post Joni Webb recently placed on her widely popular blog called Cote de Texas. We always enjoy her insights and spot-on trend sightings. You can read and see more images related to this post by visiting