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Design Dilemma: Five Home Design Trends for 2015

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The clock has not yet struck midnight and there are a few more hours left to go in 2014, but we’re already looking ahead to design trends for the new year. As interior design trends don’t move as fast as fashion trends (thank goodness) some of the trends we’re mentioning this year we also mentioned last year. But there are a few new wrinkles in the mix which promise to make 2015 an interesting one in home design.

 

1) A fusion feel. While Japanese Fusion may be all the rage in cuisines, similarly, ethnic fusion is all the rage in home design. What’s hot this year is new interpretations of traditional ethnic designs in color, texture,  pattern and style. Eclecticism and mixing it up are the order of the day. Major influences will come from Africa, Asia, The Middle East and Europe. The look might be very subtle, as in the New York modern kitchen above and below…

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…Or it might be more “in your face” muscular as in the living room below:

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Here’s another living room boasting a melange of ethnic accessories. The all white backdrop helps to hold everything together.

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2.) Soaking tubs instead of rain showers. Rain showers came into vogue several years ago. They looked stylish and different, but let’s face it, they were never comfortable to use unless you always like to get your head wet with every shower.  The trend now is to soaking tubs that are also a little more comfortable to use.  The Japanese soaking tub below is extra deep and narrow in length. You can get your whole body in, without taking up so much floor space.

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Here’s another deep soaking tub below:

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And here’s another version below:

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3) Undermounted leggy sinks in bathrooms. For a while, overmounted vessel sinks mounted on cabinet-style vanities were in. Now styles have shifted back to undermounted sinks with all the plumbing hardware exposed below. Sometimes these are outfitted with shelves, that allow for a storage area while retaining the feeling of openness.

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4. Digital Art. Digital art is an artistic work that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. Since the 1970s, various names have been used to describe the process including computer art and multimedia art, and digital art. While painting and traditional photography are still going strong, nothing is more “of the moment” than computer art.

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Below, a kitchen backsplash incorporates digital art.

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5. Natural Elements. The use of natural materials in home decor never really goes out of style. Still, with more interest in environmentally sustainable materials and practices it seems more of us are also interested in bringing a little bit of nature to our homes. The most common way of doing this will be to incorporate the use of more wood into our homes.

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Look out for these other trends in the new year:

  • Blue as the new black. We’re talking a blue that is so deep it is almost black. And it will be used in the same way that black is, to create a sensual intimate vibe.
  • The use of shiny metals contrasted against natural woods.
  • Organic shapes. We’re talking bioforms in furniture shapes, from rounded, cellular lamp bases to rounded table bases and ovoid couches and chairs.

What trends have you seen pop up in recent months? What do  you think is going out of style? Share your thoughts!

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Contemplative Tunquen House on the Chilean Coast

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A mysterious house sits quietly on the craggy Chilean coastline.

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Designed by Nicolás Lipthay Allen, it is completely open in the front to the crashing surf of the wild ocean far below.
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A deep porch is built in front to gather in the sun’s warmth, while rebuffing the harsh coastal wind.
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The vacation home is on the first line of the waterfront on a cliff 164 feet up from the sea.
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It sits on the oceanfront in a contemplative and respectful manner, framing nature and the environment.
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A family home, the client’s brief included a sheltered courtyard where children could play safely.
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A second sheltered courtyard offers protection from the coastal winds.
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Opening from the back of the living room, an outdoor fireplace and long horizontal stack of wood invites the family out to the extended space at night.

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The minimally furnished vacation home is supremely simple yet meets the family’s needs.

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An open rectangle cut into the wall brings the warmth of a fire on cold winter night.
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The house itself is a simple straightforward shape; just a narrow slice of spaces facing the sea, with sheltered courtyards behind them.
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Like a beacon in the night, the sweet family getaway is sited 100 miles from the city of Santiago – which can be seen lighting up the distant coast.

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Casa Equis is an Ode to the Earth, the Sea, and the Sky

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A wonderful beach house on the Peruvian coast at La Escondida Beach, Cañete, celebrates the earth, sea and sky.

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Its bold shapes are delineated in colors that form a stunning contrast with the blue skies.

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The earth is celebrated in its rocky, earthen steps and heavy construction in concrete, both natural and with a warm ochre pigment.

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The vast watery ocean is represented in a theatrical blue glass box of water, amazingly suspended in front of the sea.

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The weight of the earthy ochre is contrasted by the turquoise of the pool glass, representing the sea beyond.

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Peru’s glorious cerulean skies are perfectly framed and contrasted with the concrete in natural; white, and ochre.

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Richly colored Peruvian skies are also used to form a ceiling for an enclosed courtyard.

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A bold play of earthy colors enlivens the heft of the architectural shapes.

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The contemporary house in the bracing setting is from Barclay & Crousse Architecture.

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A tender side of the warm colors of the Peruvian desert continue throughout.

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A playful pink supplies a jolt of color under a trellised outdoor hallway.

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Temperatures range from balmy to warm all year round, encouraging outdoor living.

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Throughout the house, outdoor living predominates.

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In front; a shockingly sheer artificial cliff created by road building on the dusty Peruvian coast makes a very earthy setting for a bold and striking beach home.

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A Floating House that Glides Effortlessly on its Pool

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This magical surrealistic vision of a house by Pitsou Kedem Architects looks for all the world like a mirage of an elaborate H-shaped pontoon.

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This sumptuous and elegant transparent house is aptly named Float House by the architects.

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A raised roof also seems to float over the structure.

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Even the bed itself appears to float in its exquisite master bedroom space.

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The master bedroom suite appears to extend to the edges of the site, gliding effortlessly through its transparent walls.
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Its elaborate and glossy interior is contrasted by a peak through a wall that is matt and textural.
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The delineation between the waters beneath and the house itself seem paper thin, so that water is almost another sheet of building material.
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Cool and glossy, the interiors are as exquisite as the interiors of pearly shells.
 architectureThere is a cool Japanese “floating world” sense to the house..

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With its transparent walls, the floating bathroom seems larger than life.

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The house is entered across a watery abyss.
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A screen closes off this entrance to the house completely, automatically parting to reveal its transparent inner shell.
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Likewise, an internal garden is completely walled closed when not admitting those fortunate souls invited within.

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All of the transparency of the floating house is beautiful, but there is one flaw.

It seems that here this luscious house is just a little too exposed to its suburban Tel Aviv neighbors!

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Three Houses of Brick Connected by Outdoor Rooms

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There is something very 1930s about brick buildings.

It’s easy to overlook innovation in a material that is so humble and unassuming.
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The garden has a sincere depression-era feel – even in the flowers, the low wood-framed window and the brick facade on the pool.
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But this home comprising three brick buildings connected by two outdoor rooms from Spanish architects H Arquitectes is quietly revolutionary.

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The middle building contains the wonderful surprise of a soaring high ceiling.

The heart of the home, this central room is a farm kitchen complete with a wall-to-wall countertop and huge oak table for nine.

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The central kitchen building is single story, while the two side buildings house bedrooms upstairs.
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The kitchen connects on one side with an al fresco dining “room” and a quiet reading nook.

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This outdoor room can be extended by opening the glass french doors between the two buildings, making it a charming entertaining space for long summer evenings.

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The stifling heat of Spain’s midday summer is kept out by outdoor awning shades and the breezy passageways between the three buildings
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Materials are simple: concrete floors, concrete block, brick and timber.

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Ceilings in the humble whitewashed bedrooms and outdoor rooms alike are timber-formed concrete.
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A reading nook off the kitchen encourages the dreamy ease of burying yourself in a book.
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To the other side of the kitchen, the living room is as much outdoors as it is in, a modern convention defied by its traditional brick facade setting.

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This is a house with a very unique quality of rustic, casual “modernity” but it is never archly retro.