5 Ways Fashion and Interior Design are Connected in 2019

In today’s digital and tech savvy world, it is no surprise we see a direct correlation between the most popular trends on the runway, and those within our homes. In previous decades, only the world’s elite and fashion industry extraordinaire communities of Paris and New York City were privy to the most recent fashion trends being set by top designers such as Gucci, Versace, Prada, Dior and others. The lack of ease in disseminating this information more broadly meant it took much longer for the trends characterizing the catwalk to trickle down into our interiors. However, with today’s technology, this transfer of information is happening almost instantaneously, giving interior designers, furniture makers and home décor creators insights into the most popular trends from fashion designers right away.

Although fashion designers are often the trend-setters, this is not always the case. There are also moments where trends begin in the home and then trickle out to the world of fashion. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trends we are seeing in 2019 and the links they represent between fashion and interior design.

  1. Getting Cozy with a Touch of Velvet

    Throwing it back to the ‘90’s means reintroducing velvet into our closets and our living rooms. Velvet tends to be a thicker fabric and therefore warmer, making it a practical selection for fall and winter attire. Although there are fun ways to incorporate velvet apparel into all seasons, its most notable qualities are its density and richness. Encompassing this material in the home means creating a cozier and more relaxed atmosphere. Velvet is also known for its opulence, so you will often find this material used in more high-end interior designs and those looking for a more luxurious feel.

These velvet chairs add lux and comfort to our client’s home.

These velvet chairs add lux and comfort to our client’s home.

This striking velvet pantsuit from Boden will take you all the way from morning to evening.

This striking velvet pantsuit from Boden will take you all the way from morning to evening.

2. Adding Warmth with Brass and Gold Tones

Unlike velvet, the trend of using brass and gold tones began with interiors first before moving to fashion. For similar reasons home owners and designers began implementing more velvet into the home, they also began implementing brass and gold tones – it creates a cozier and more comfortable environment than the traditional stainless steel and nickel. While a review of interior design styles over the last 20 years would illustrate bathrooms and kitchens with stainless steel appliances and nickel hardware, recently more homes are turning to brass and gold tones. And what do you know? The same is true for fashion – gold is the new metallic color of choice!

We love the elevated sense of warmth and comfort provided by the brass hardware in this kitchen.

We love the elevated sense of warmth and comfort provided by the brass hardware in this kitchen.

This beautiful, metallic dress is both chic and elegant - you can find it at Nordstrom.

This beautiful, metallic dress is both chic and elegant - you can find it at Nordstrom.

3. Choosing Green and Sustainability

Perhaps the credit for this trend should be given to all consumer product designers at large, and not limited to only fashion or interiors trendsetters. Yet another byproduct of our technology infused world is the ability and ease of sharing information and new ideas. Namely, the state of the union as it relates to our planet. With increased public consciousness regarding our environment, the purchasing landscape has changed drastically. Instead of consumers being limited to purchasing goods and services first made available by creators, consumers are now able to tell brands, manufacturers and product designers exactly what they want and how they want to acquire it. Consumers are demanding more sustainable and ethically sourced goods, and they will spend the extra time it takes to find a supplier who meets these standards before settling on a product or service not utilizing sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing processes. For this reason, we are seeing a rise in the selection of sustainable home furnishings and accessories over the typically lower-cost options of non-sustainable goods.

The Nizwa Chest pictured about is from EJ Victor, a sustainable furniture brand based in North Carolina’s famous furniture heartland.

The Nizwa Chest pictured about is from EJ Victor, a sustainable furniture brand based in North Carolina’s famous furniture heartland.

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories brand, that is helping lead the sustainable fashion movement. Their slogan? “We create without compromise”.

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories brand, that is helping lead the sustainable fashion movement. Their slogan? “We create without compromise”.

4. Mustard Yellow for a Sassy, yet Confident Choice

Mustard yellow yields all things sassy, comforting and happy while also appealing to the more selective and sophisticated audiences due to its versatility and ability to be both bold and subdued. Fashion icons are gloating the crazed color across all aspects of their wardrobe and what do you know, it’s made its way into our interiors. For those of us who like a more subdued and understated aesthetic, but don’t want to maintain a strictly neutrals-based pallet, mustard yellow proves to be a smart and safe choice. It complements neutral tones well and it doesn’t take much to make a difference – a little goes a long way. In other words, it resonates well with those wanting to “dip their toe in the water” of color incorporation. Color psychology also tells us that if you’re drawn to mustard yellow, perhaps you are more of a creative thinker.

The pop of color in this courtyard yields an irresistible and inviting tone that makes us want to take our time in this space.

The pop of color in this courtyard yields an irresistible and inviting tone that makes us want to take our time in this space.

The mustard yellow coat dresses up this jumper for a more complete and polished look.

The mustard yellow coat dresses up this jumper for a more complete and polished look.

5. Patterns, Prints & Florals

As soon as we saw fashion designers bringing floral and other loud prints back to the forefront of the runway, we also saw a re-emergence of bold and complex wallpaper, murals and other textiles from upholstery to linens to drapery, popping back up into notable interior design projects. A mixture of bright and vintage-inspired florals have made their way back into our wardrobes, and we are seeing similar trends adorning our homes. These styles are designed to cater to the more bohemian and wistful nature of fashion connoisseurs, cultivating a sense of exploration, adventure and self-expression. The same is true for those yearning to create a higher sense of personalization and connection within the home.

Utilizing textiles that speak to you is an excellent way to add personality to your home. Don’t be afraid to blend, layer and mix.

Utilizing textiles that speak to you is an excellent way to add personality to your home. Don’t be afraid to blend, layer and mix.

Blending various patterns, prints and florals is all the rage on today’s catwalk.

Blending various patterns, prints and florals is all the rage on today’s catwalk.