Here we are again – getting out the crystal ball and making our interior design predictions for the year to come! From colour schemes to cultural influences – home design trends are ever changing…

2014 was an exciting year for us at Natural Bed Company with new designs added to the bed collection: the super-stylish Shetland bed combines a solid wood frame with an upholstered headboard (and fitted really well with 2014’s Retro Futurist trend!), The Raj, Samarkand and Mandalay beds are part of our new ‘India inspired’ collection of beds made by our own craftsmen in the UK (designs influenced by the Modern Nomad trend we discussed in our 2014 Trends blog)

We have even higher expectations for 2015 with new designs in the pipeline and the following themes to explore…

Blue is the new Black!
Don’t worry, it’s not that you need to replace your black, charcoal or silver grey bedding (which has been so popular this year) just consider adding some pieces in indigo or a pale dusty blue. Blue is a great colour choice for a bedroom, there are so many variations of this shade and every one calming and restful. Blue also looks incredibly sophisticated with classic white bedding, and can be styled to suit many different looks from ‘Coastal‘ (try teal, navy and sky blues) to ‘Rustic Luxe‘ to ‘Modern Oriental‘ (inky indigo and cream).

We love blue bedding as there is a shade to suit every timber! The blonde woods look great with shades of blue that tend towards the green area of the spectrum, from duck-egg blue to deep teal. Walnut and cherry wood beds look wonderful with pale, muted blues heading towards cool grey or mauve. Oak beds work with almost any blue, including rich cobalt and navy. Take a look at our pinterest board – cool colours – for more inspiring images.

Back to Nature
We are over the moon to find that designers and stylists are still focused on using natural materials. From slate floors, to solid wood furniture to marble worktops: selecting an authentic, natural material – and a design to emphasise it’s beauty – has timeless appeal. Of course we are extremely happy that our collection of solid wood bedroom furniture will fit beautifully within this trend! We offer bedroom furniture in a range of solid hardwoods and pine, and offer a range of finishes (including water-based lacquer).

The ‘natural’ look extends to bedding too – soft, washed linen bedding in neutral tones, chunky knit wool blankets or fine, luxurious alpaca throws will complete the look. Our pure cotton bedding is available in a range of styles and colours, if you want to emphasise the ‘natural’ look pick a muted shade in greys, browns, rust or sage.

Marsala – The Pantone colour for 2015
This is a rich, warm, almost ‘rust’ shade somewhere between wine and terracotta. There is an earthy, muted quality to the shade that means it will work wonderfully in the home – as it’s not too vibrant, it’s a shade that should be a pleasure to live with. Grand Designs magazine this month (January 2015 edition) has a really useful feature on using reds in your colour scheme, including a range of paints similar in tone to Marsala – from Fired Earth Tomyris or Boot Red to Dulux Ruby Starlet – you should find a shade to suit.

If you are tempted to use this colour in your bedroom scheme take a look at our Madras Red patchwork duvet cover, Kadi Ember quilt or  Zari Russet bedding. Add a feature wall in a similar tone and pick out the colour in your choice of accessories (bedside rug, lampshade or cushion covers). This shade of bedding will particularly suit a walnut or cherry bed, or a solid pine bed with a wenge finish (an espresso coloured stain).

Metallic Details
Metallics are still a popular choice for 2015. 2014 was very much about using copper or rose gold in your scheme, 2015 will continue the look, but increasingly it will be brass or antique gold in hue. To use warm metallic tones in your design scheme the easiest option is to add a few accessories to your current decor – brass or copper candle holders, copper string lights or a gold coloured vase can compliment matching metallic fabrics used for cushion covers or an upholstered headboard. Take a look at our Mango Zari bedding or Sahara Quilt in copper and gold coloured fabrics.

If you are feeling brave a feature wall or alcove can be clad in metal sheet, but if you aren’t quite so committed to this look – just select a similar paint shade or a wall paper with a metallic pattern – we particularly like Zee removable wallpaper.

For more interior design styles and decorating tips just check out our Inspiration page…

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