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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.