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What's hot in home design for 2015: Would you believe cowhide and gold fixtures?

What's hot in home design: Would you believe cowhide & gold fixtures?

Cowhide trend
Elements of cowhide will find their way into pillows, rugs, throw blankets and even artwork in 2015, according to Zillow Trends home forecast. Courtesy of The Corcoran Group
Dejco city children's wallpaper at Nasher Store
Wallpaper is another hot trend for 2015, experts say. Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center
Bathroom at 5139 Seneca in Dallas
The gold faucet on this tub is on-trend for 2015, according to the Zillow Digs 2015 home trend forecast. Photo courtesy of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates
Living/dining area at 11023 Pinocchio Dr. in Dallas
Midcentury modern elements are a big trend for 2015, but design experts advise to use them sparingly. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday/Shoot 2 Sell
Cowhide trend
Dejco city children's wallpaper at Nasher Store
Bathroom at 5139 Seneca in Dallas
Living/dining area at 11023 Pinocchio Dr. in Dallas

Zillow Digs has released its 2015 home trend forecast, which details what's hot — and what's not — for interior design. The annual report combines data from a survey of leading design experts with an analysis of the most popular photos on the site.

Zillow Digs comments that midcentury modern elements "will be one of the biggest up-and-coming design styles for 2015." Perhaps Houston is ahead of this curve, because we've been obsessing over midcentury design for a while. However, experts advise integrating modern elements sparingly, because you don't want them taking over the house. Or do you?

As for color, blue — especially indigo or navy — is predicted to be the most popular accent hue, in particular because it complements warm earth tones like Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. Blue replaces brights such as coral, purple and teal, which are on their way out with 2014.

Instead of a solid painted accent wall, consider wallpaper, whether digital prints or textured wall coverings. Designers say we should expect to see a rise in available color and texture selections in home stores to accommodate the increased demand. However, please avoid chevron, one of the most overused patterns of 2014. We need a chevron breather, experts say.

Another hot design element for 2015: cowhide, the "ideal accent texture" for the modern yet approachable aesthetic. Find it in pillows, rugs, throws and artwork. No word on whether faux is acceptable, but we'd like to think so.

This final trend may be the most surprising: gold fixtures. Before you have bad flashbacks to the brassy '80s and early '90s, just know the hardware of today is brighter and shinier. Feel free to mix and match finishes throughout your home — or just go bold with all gold.