Tracy Ellis

Real Estate Magazine

Edition 4 Features

2015 What’s In & What’s Out by Sandra Garrett, Home Decor Contributor

1In: The forecast calls for stormy Walls. That’s right, deep sexy shades of Indigo.  While Blues have always been calming & cool, they also add richness and drama.  Try it with Pink,Ivory, Sage Coral and Grays. I recommend Sherwin Williams “Navel”.
Out: Tuscan is out!  Stay away from Earthy Reds and Golden Yellows.
In: Brass is back!  Not the Brady Bunch lacquered Brass, but an old worn unpolished brass.  This trend will be a major player when selecting lighting, kitchen, bath and drapery hardware.
Out: Oil Rubbed Bronze has been rubbed out!  It’s gone!  Also look for Stainless Steel Appliances to take a back seat to “The Ole’ Standard White”.
In: Wallpaper is making a strong comeback. This time around it is not limited to walls, but will be seen on ceilings, doors and casings.  Look for bold patterns, saturated colors and classic botanicals.
Out: The Word is, NO MORE WORDS! French writing on Linen is O-U-T.  No more “Keep Calm & Carry On”.  Cut out letters words (like EAT), wall decals and those silly signs with the light bulbs.  All have reached their expiration date!

In: Vintage Bathtubs! While these tubs aren’t high tech with an Infinity edge or jets, they do allow for an Old Fashion embracing soak.  On a related note, we are now seeing bathtubs in the bedroom.  There is nothing like rolling out of bed into a deep bathtub or vice versa.
Out: Say no to the Vessel Bowls!  These non- functional sinks are no longer the rage! Simple is in…..  it’s much easier to sweep the water from the counter straight into the bowl.

In: Get ready to cozy up! Big, comfy sectionals are a hit with today’s consumer.  It seems that formal living rooms are a thing of the past.Rooms are becoming more relaxed.  The idea of a padded zone designated for sprawling out appeals to most.
Out: Matching sets are so far out they can only be seen through a telescope!
If you have matching sets in your house, try mixing them with other décor in your home for a more custom, modern and one of a kind look!  A few other things on the radar for 2015 Reclaimed wood mixed with Modern!  Try a vintage Dining Table with Lucite Chairs for a new twist.

Libraries as Décor—there is something comforting about being surrounded by the words, characters and stories that have touched our lives.

Pale Driftwood Finishes—this year we’re looking towards the Beach for inspiration.  This wood has a soft, grey shade that mixes well with both Modern and Traditional Décor.

Geometric Shapes are Hot, Hot, Hot—use Hexagons, Honeycomb and Chevron patterns on Wallpaper, Furniture, window treatments, pillows etc.  These patterns feel  Modern and Organic at the same time.

This year we say bye-bye to—

  • Faux Trees, Plants, Flowers & Ivy!
  • Heavy Drapes, Curtains and
  • Old Hollywood Style Mirrored Furniture are OUT!

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my Crystal Ball.  Look for more of my decorating tips in the next issue of Tracy Ellis, A Guide to Luxury Real Estate. Please stop by my store, House In Style, very soon!

2House in Style Owner and Interior Decorator Sandra Garrett Harms has been a Designer in the St.Louis area for over 16 years.  Enjoying a referral based business she has developed many friendships and clients that return time & time again.

Sandra’s philosophy is that Home Décor is much like fashion it is always changing and evolving.  We see new trends each and every season.  In fashion as well as Interior Design it is that “Classic Little black Dress” or that timeless piece of furniture that can be accessorized, dressed up or down and used for any occasion.

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