7 Hot Design Trends from the 2015 One Room Challenge

May 11, 2015 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized
Have you heard of the One Room Challenge? For the past six weeks, 20 amazing design bloggers have been working on transforming a single room in their home while blogging about the process along the way, and last week was the big reveal! I was excited to follow along this year as several of my favorite bloggers were participating and I knew they would come up with something good. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint!
This weekend after the kids were in bed, I grabbed a glass of wine, opened my computer, and spent an hour poring over each of these amazing rooms. There were several cool ideas that I made note of to try in our home, and you may be inspired to try as well! Here were my top 7 picks from the challenge:
1. Oversized art used as a headboard – the little girls room (above) designed by Kirsten Krason was my favorite of the challenge. Her idea to pair a massive piece of art with a toddler bed was genius. And I love all that color! Below is another idea for using art as a headboard in a master bedroom from Simple Details. If you’ve got a headboard-less bed you’ve got to try this!
2. Color-Packed Gallery Walls – I love a good gallery wall, and the One Room Challenge was full of them. I was struck by how colorful they were (this one from the English Room was a fave). I also loved how many of them incorporated other non-art accents into the mix…
…like this light and skateboard from Waiting on Martha

…and this black and white mask by Coco+Kelley. It makes me think about what I can incorporate into our gallery wall to take it up a notch!

3. Bold bed pillows – the accent pillows on your bed are such a low-risk, high impact place to have major fun with color and pattern! I loved what Hi Sugarplum and Design Dump did with their beds:


Source: Design Dump

4. Black, white, gold…and pink! – It’s no surprise that I would love this trend given my office! I was reassured to see that you still can’t go wrong with b&w paired with gold accents. Vanessa Francis nailed it with her bold wallpaper choice and gold scones in her bathroom project.

And this pink office by Swoonworthy blog is so feminine and gorgeous:
Source: Swoonworthy
5. Egg chairs indoors! – we recently got a new egg chair on our balcony and I can’t believe how cozy it is. Apparently little birds think so too, as I found one trying to make a nest in there the other day! That wouldn’t be an issue if we had our chair indoors like these two rooms. 😉


Source: Swoonworthy

6. Lots of green – adding a plant to a room has always been a good idea, and one that I saw in pretty much every room of the One Room Challenge. I particularly loved these giant palm leaves in Jana Bek’s great room because they are fake! You can find them at Pottery Barn.

Source: Jana Bek Design
7. Reinvented traditional spaces – check out how The English Room transformed her rarely-used formal living room into a “Ping Pong Emporium” – now that is creative! The best part… the ping pong table can convert to a large dining table when needed.

Want to see more of these awesome rooms? Head here to see links to each of the participant’s completed spaces!



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