The most frequent question is along the lines of, “How can I incorporate the latest styles without having to redecorate my entire house?” It’s also common for clients to be concerned that their design choices may soon fall out of fashion.

After looking carefully at the top color and design trends of 2015, I put together the following list of ideas that I think captures the best of modern design without straying too far from classic beauty. It’s important to note that you don’t have to redo your entire house. Sometimes a few small changes in key areas can make a significant impact on the look and feel of your home.

10. Dramatic Walls:

Focal walls have been popular for a long time.

A focal wall is one wall in a room painted either much lighter or much darker than the remaining walls. The trend is moving towards even greater contrast, with black or deep charcoal used to accent lighter-colored furniture, carpet, and architectural details. If you’re feeling really bold, you can paint the entire room in a deep shade that projects sophistication.

9. Mixed Metals:

A lot of modern design relies on mixing metals or mixing different wood tones.

In the past, most people tried to make sure that all metal fixtures and hardware in a room matched in color and sheen. But recent trends involve creating a more eclectic, “lived-in” feel that conjures up images of collecting unique pieces over time on weekend antique hunts. The most popular metals right now are brass, copper, gold, and rose gold in a brushed or matte finish.

8. Black Window Trim:

Traditionally, all interior window trims were painted white.

But just as dark mascara helps define and highlight beautiful eyes, dark trim helps windows pop as a key feature of the room and better frames your view to the outside world. Similarly, black doors and French doors are becoming popular additions to modern homes.

7. Industrial & Statement Light Fixtures:

Modern light fixtures do much more than light up a house.

They are designed as sculptures to add character to a room while off and provide additional visual elements while turned on, such as casting interesting shadows or showing off their inner engineering like an Edison bulb. Hand-blown glass designs are especially popular right now.

6. Brights & Coral:

Bright pops of color are fantastic ways to instantly transform a room’s mood.

You can achieve this with paint color or by adding colorful throw pillows, area rugs, tabletop accessories, and wall art. Coral was a popular color last year and remains a strong choice this year paired with bright and buttery yellows. This is one of the easiest and least permanent options for redecorating.

5. Pattern Play & Geometrics:

Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.

Mixing geometric patterns really adds strong visual interest to a space and can be playful and fun or bold and sophisticated depending on your color and pattern choices. Start with a large surface with a solid color and no pattern (like a wall or large sofa). This provides your foundation. Then choose a larger-scale pattern that will “echo” throughout the room, such as on wall art, window treatments, and/or an area rug. From there just have fun! Pick an assortment of smaller pieces in a variety of textures and designs, such as accent pillows, tabletop decorations, or smaller artwork.

4. Greige:

“Greige” refers to any color that is somewhere between gray and beige.

Greige is fast becoming the go-to neutral because of its incredible versatility and because the coolness of the gray adds a nice modern touch to traditional beige tones. Adding pops of bright color allows Greige to function well in kids’ spaces, while darker tones and geometric accents highlight Greige’s sophistication. Greige is a great backdrop for anything you want to achieve in a space!

3. Botanical:

A tropical oasis awaits!

Large botanical prints, such as palm leaf patterns and floral designs, work great on bedding and area rugs. These designs are more colorful and playful than geometric patterns but serve the similar purpose of adding visual interest to a space.

2. Blue & White:

Okay, I’m cheating a little on this one.

Blue and white is the ultimate classic color combination. It’s always been popular and will never go out of style. Use deep blues like navy or cobalt and crisp whites for a clean, simple design that can’t go wrong.

1. Bold Blues:

Deep, moody blues such indigo and midnight blue are very popular right now.

They serve as a great way to tie together this list. Use a deep blue for your dramatic walls or as the foundation for geometric pattern play, highlight your Greige or white walls with bold blue accents, or use blue as the backdrop for industrial fixtures and mixed metal features.


Whatever you choose to do, don’t be afraid to be bold! Visit www.FauxnaticAboutColor.com and click on the “Blog” tab for additional color palette and design inspiration.