Kelly Gale Amen

Interior Designer | Furniture Manufacturer | Artist | Visionary

What’s In & What’s Out for 2015

What’s In & What’s Out for 2015

Local Pros Share Their Own Forecasts

Everyone has his or her own idea of what’s cool and on trend for this New Year. We asked several Houston designers to share their thoughts on what we can expect to see.

At least two nationally known paint companies kicked off 2015 anticipations by announcing their colors of the year.

Pantone Color Institute’s color guru received mixed reviews when the company unveiled its favored hue. The it-color “Marsala” is an earthy wine shade — far more subdued than last year’s “Radiant Orchid.”

Local interior designer Katie Galliano, for one, said she wasn’t too sure if she was “onboard” with this color.

Pantone said they elevated Marsala to Color of the Year, because while 2014’s Radiant Orchid encouraged creativity, this earthy tone “enriches the mind, body and soul.”

Pantone also noted that Marsala emanates a certain sophistication and stylish tone; one that can translate easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

Meanwhile, Sherwin Williams also announced its pick for 2015. Called “Coral Reef,” it is, say the company’s experts . . . “uplifting, vivacious and a bit floral, offering the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red.”

Sherwin Williams thinks Coral Reef will allow our “creativity to blossom” this year.


What’s In:

Color & florals, brass fixtures and hardware

Dark kitchens (black or dark grey cabinets and countertops)

Mid-century modern everything

Lucite and white marble, animal hides and furs

18th Century antiques

What’s Out:

Chevron patterns


All-white kitchens

Reproduction painted furniture

Katie Galliano

Katie Galliano Interiors



What’s In:

Textures, vivid color, cubic shapes, LED lights, natural materials, and functional goods

What’s Out:

Bland combinations, uninteresting textures, and lack of juxtaposition, visual interest only

Kelly Gale Amen



What’s In:

Color! Especially blues & greens (teal & peacock blue)

Out: Monochromatic, bland interiors

Shine & gloss (throughout the home) — polished chrome & nickel, lacquered walls & furniture

What’s Out:

Oil-rubbed bronze anything

In: Integrative technology for the home. Control the thermostat, alarm, the lighting, music, TV, etc. from your cell or iPad. Hidden outlets & charging stations for your devices in every room making technology for your lifestyle convenient.

Out: Tangle of extension cords & separate controls for everything!

In: LED lighting, in the warmer temperatures ( looking more natural & also like halogen lighting). It’s more environmentally & economically friendly.

Out: Fluorescent lighting, which is bad for the environment & has been shown to negatively affect people.

In: The return of glamour and warming up of modern interiors with color and shine and mixing in the deliberate, yet unexpected piece to add an individual touch.

Out: Tired, shabby not chic, bland and Tuscan interiors.

Mary Wilson

Live Beautifully



What’s In:

Marsala! The deep rich color of wine and the 2015 color of the year. We will see it in everything from nail polish, clothes, shoe and handbags. In the home rooms will pop with Marsala accents, walls and even leather sofas created in this beautiful color. What’s Out: Cherry Red!

Huber custom homes from design to decor – It’s all about You! Your home should not just have “a look” but reflect your individuality and unique style.

Walls are BIG! Statement walls are in – wall graphics, color, large-formatted artwork and featured collections add so much visual interest at work or at home.

What’s Out: Traditional framed artwork.

What’s Out:

Whole room furniture purchases from “big box” stores.

Janus Lazaris

Janus Design Group



What’s In:

Hunt Slonem “Bunnies”

Julia B monogramed linens

Wool draperies

Steel and glass windows and doors

Faux bois garden furniture

What’s Out:

Framed poster art

Paper napkins


Leaded glass


Lucas Eilers Design Associates



What’s In:

Untreated or natural stone countertops and surfaces

Vintage/art deco chandeliers

Clean lines

Modern/contemporary looks



Mixing styles from different time periods — Example: having a French country room with an art deco chandelier

What’s Out:

All white rooms

Coffee table books



Granite counters/surfaces

Regina Gust Designs LLC

Twins Design Christmas, Inc.


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