By: Cindy Stewart
We look forward to the new fabrics, colors and designs introduced throughout the year by the home furnishing industry. It gives us the chance to update our showroom with the latest looks, plus provide new options for our design clients and customer's home interiors.
The trends in style, colors and patterns offered today are influenced by many global factors. It is interesting to learn about these, however each individual will have their own preferences and needs to consider if adapting these in their home decor.
The annual color forecast is put out every year by the Pantone Institute. This independent group of 20 individuals study global trends, social influences and color.
The 2016 choice of 2 colors was a first, with the selection of Rose Quartz (a soft rose tone) and Serenity (a cool tranquil shade of blue). This pairing of colors was said to be a more gender neutral version of classic baby boy blue and girlish pastel pink.
Pantone Inc. is a New Jersey company known for the PMS color matching and reference system. The PMS colors guide is used by many industries. It provides a standardized system for graphic designers and industrial designers to specify color.
"The color of the year is both a forecast and a reflection of what is happening in the world. Color has always been an integral part of how cultures express attitude and emotions of the times."
The Color Marketing Group is another group of color and design professionals who meet to study global influences and collaborate about color. Their selection of color groups are intended to communicate a direction of color trends, not a dictation of what they think it should be. These color trends influence paint, textiles, fashion and product design internationally.
Some of the newest fabrics and furnishings we see are influenced by women's fashions. Floral prints, multicolored patterns and pattern mixing are popular today in apparel. The use of floral fabrics for pillows, window treatments and accent chairs are a great way to update a space by layering a pattern with color.
Artisan crafted designs inspire some of the pieces we see in art, furniture, accessories and fabrics. The combination of leather, faux fur, textures and patterns is an eclectic collected style.
The Industrial look is prevalent today with retro and rustic styles of furniture and finishes. It has been popular in urban lofts ad also is as a way to relax the look in transitional spaces. You will see mixed metal, reclaimed wood, the rustic painted pieces combined for a casual mixed look.
Glam or bling is found on blue jeans, in jewelry, ornamenting shoes and purses plus as added pizzaz in home interiors. The glamour of old Hollywood can be seen in furniture with mirrored accents, metallic fabric, faux fur and frosted finishes.
Mid Century Modern seems to be the rage. A return of the best styles from the late 40s to the early 70s is showing up everywhere. The TV series Madd Men is credited for presenting great sets of this clean modern style. Simple lines in furniture with bold colors on accent pieces are back again today.
We see the influence of these design trends and the newly forecasted colors in consumer products, apparel and in home interiors. It needs to be the right color for each person's home. Just like we have our own preferences for the colors of clothes we wear.
I had the opportunity to tour the TRADITIONAL HOME Southern Style Now designer showcase in New Orleans this spring. This historic Victorian home was transformed by 27 talented designers into rooms with individual character and elegant southern style.
Each room was a visual delight. The mix of colors and patterns in the furnishings and window treatments, the wallpapers and paint, the rugs, wonderful artwork and fabulous accessory placement created unique looks throughout the house.
We enjoy gathering ideas from show houses, trade journals, decorating magazines, and showrooms. Creating a new room or updating a space in a home can be inspired by these trends, and ideas; however selecting the pieces, materials and colors used needs to be customized for each individual.
Working with a designer can be helpful in developing a plan for a room. We make recommendations based on the features of the space, the function and use of the room, traffic flow and the individual's personal preferences.
Stewart & Company offers free interior design service for our clients. Contact our store to schedule an appointment with one of our designers for a complimentary home visit.