What’s Trending in 2015?

A Year of Graceful Style and Infinite Possibilities
Every New Year brings self-reflection. So let’s refresh and empower, home design enthusiasts! I’m kicking off 2015 with compelling and daring design ideas including smoky glass, large botanical prints, pops of unconventional stripes and pairing the versatility of strong, moody inky indigo with a copper-y patina and painterly rugs. And while these elements plus going bold with gold are trending, my steady aesthetic is equally statement making with a stylish sophistication that’s constantly inspired by global travel, jet-set clients and modern architectural influences.
Less is always more in my book.

Beautiful neutrals are the perfect expression of a fresh start for the New Year. Evidence of this sentiment is my building block for effortless elegance: linen. It’s the queen of textiles, especially when it dresses a sofa in deliciously muted tones. Layering a space with textured chenille and rich embossed leather is also intriguing. My recent design project at Trump Tower I exemplifies this aesthetic approach.
I’m also an advocate of organic, crisp profiles, woods barely washed with color, natural stone and warm metals. I tend to work from a checklist of go-to elements that allow my design to flow cohesively, based on visual contrasts, proportion, color and balance. Speaking of color, my next blog will share paint colors I adore and I’ll also give you my creative take on the new Pantone 2015 color of the year, Marsala.
Until then.

Designing for your lifestyle,

Carmen Alcaraz Gomes