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Technology trend makes us turn our homes into natural oasis

29 January 2015

The rapid shift towards digital technology is increasing demand for authenticity, naturalness and originality and this continues to be on trend in 2015.   

Natural and durable
At home we need to surround ourselves with things that tell a story: warm, natural materials that are good to touch, vibrant and soothe the soul. Untreated wood, tanned leather or textiles made of elegant wool and silk accompanied by glass or ceramic are all popular choices. Besides the materials, colours such as green or brown are used in various shades to bring nature into the home. This 'natural living' trend goes hand in hand with a desire for quality and durability. What the market wants is furniture crafted by experts that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Technology and convenience
The general trend is towards networking the devices used in the dining room, living room or bedroom so that they can be controlled from your phone or tablet. In 2015 sofas and other upholstered furniture will be cleverly connected to other devices via concealed ports. The Internet-of-Things already makes it possible to control some devices from beyond the home. The smart home has arrived.

Colour trends in 2015
2015 will be characterised by vibrant colours such as red, pink, violet, orange and yellow, contrasted with light turquoise or various shades of blue. These colours can also be combined with paler pastel colours such as sky blue, sage, mustard, salmon pink or beige for a more subtle look. Shades of white, ranging from chalk to cream, also go well with black. Two of last year's colours – green and grey – will continue to play a part in 2015, but this time they are blended to produce tones such as slate green, seaweed and lime. A dark shade of red or light azure will create a great contrast. An array of natural colours will also once again be in demand this year. And metallic colours will provide accents, with copper – a big trend in 2014 – being replaced by the new tones of bronze, silver and gold.
Marian © haapo 1910 / Austrian Furniture Industry

Marian © haapo 1910 / Austrian Furniture Industry

A new level of comfort
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle that characterises the world we live in, we long for time and space to enjoy some peace and tranquillity. The home is playing an increasingly important role as a place of retreat. Thus it is a place that needs to be made as cosy as possible. Be it lounge chairs, cushion-laden sofas or cosy seating designs in the living room, a homely sitting area in the kitchen, a box-spring bed in the bedroom, a spa-like oasis in the bathroom or a sun lounger on the balcony outside – comfort and well-being are a major new focus. Every room is being transformed into a haven of relaxation, with the various areas of the home increasingly merging together, no longer delineated by their functions.

The kitchen as the centre of the home
Here, the overarching idea is to make the kitchen as comfortable as the living room. Technical features such as height-adjustable work tops, organiser sound systems make cooking and housework easy and turn the kitchen into a feel-good part of the home. The range of materials on offer encompasses natural wood, ceramic, stone and even leather, and the mix of colours continues to comprise subtle tones of white, grey or beige, sometimes combined with radiant tones such as green or blue.

Customised furniture
The range of furniture on offer is so diverse that standardised models barely exist anymore. Individuality is right on trend, as is evident from the way furniture is increasingly being tailored to individual needs. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to home décor. Selected to suit the time of year and personal taste, a range of accessories such as vases, pictures, textiles, cushions and carpets complete the overall design.