Every year I read several publications’ annual predictions for the interior and fashion industries. This year, I decided to compile my own list of 10 design considerations that mimic cultural shifts plus ones that I would like to move forward.
Pantone named two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, for the 2016 Color of the Year – an unprecedented move on the color giant’s part. These colors are the exact opposite of last year’s Marsala, a deep burgundy hue. In my opinion, these softer tones reflect the fragile, uncertain state of humanity. The gemstone rose quartz is a symbol of love and blue is the anthem for calm. These two patels beckon a call to calmer, quieter times. In times of extreme violence and uncertainty, people seek peaceful environments and engage in more stress releasing activities such as yoga. Decorating with these colors will bring a soothing energy to your space.
Rose gold emerged as the top metallic color of 2015. Some think that its trend patina will fade, however; it, along with brass and copper, are showing staying power. In fact, metallic colors are becoming the new neutrals. Black and gold are still popular, timeless options. This year, I believe that we will see more matte metallic finishes plus the mixing of metals in tone and finish (matte to shiny). Super shiny finishes, especially in silver, for furniture and accessories will decline. Matte black kitchen appliances, like cars, will spike on the trend radar.
The influence of more organic, geometric and curved shapes and materials (from the woods to the water) will continue to surface and become a preference over generic, linear lines. More reclaimed wood furniture will appear on the luxury end of the spectrum as will sustainable textiles. This trend correlates closely to the first one in regards to our pursuit of tranquility and comfort through the grounding and healing effect of nature.
One way for people to quickly change the look of their space is through patterned accessories. Pattern mixing is either a rhythmic composition of melodic playfulness and/or a harmonic juxtaposition of shapes, colors, scale and texture. With some risk-taking artistry, you can create a big wow factor with a monochromatic palette, a metallic mix of matte to satin or a complex color/pattern combo to create vivid design stories.
My favorite era, the lost days of disco, retains its staying power. The furniture and design from this period was often bright, uniquely shaped and comprised of bold and daring patterns. Sound familiar? We continue our lust for this high-voltage period with new interpretations of popular pieces and limited edition designs . The prices for furniture from this area continue to climb. The innovation from this period continues to inform the world’s contemporary designers.
In an effort to break free from cookie-cutter decor, as well as lifestyles, an increasing number of people will embrace life with boldness. This means, seeking high-style across all price points and combining styles, colors, textures that relate to their distinct personalities. I also see more people taking risks with their homes, owned or rented, to personalize their space. Another portion of this trend is the continuing thirst for unusual architecture which is driving desire, and pricing, for mid-century modern homes as well as furniture. Although the catalog look is still popular, people are putting their own spins on the pages of their space by mixing design genres and styles to create their own.
The latest fashion directions are finally exciting again. Sculptured designs are strong in shape yet graceful when interpreted in pastels. A broad selection of color is laying the foundation for original patterns in complicated, visually riveting combinations These influences are slowly seeping into interior design. I am seeing more independent designers reimagining pieces with the eye of fashion designer through their selection of patterns, colors and finishing details.
A new generation of microdwellings are fueling ideas for multifunctional space usage and furniture design. Some of these terrific ideas are so enticing that they are being adapted to suit larger spaces.
Although China has dominated global manufacturing for decades, there is a continuing resurgence to return manufacturing to the United States or explore opportunities in Mexico and India. The made in and by story is emerging in importance. Stay tuned to these developments.
Quality vs. Quantity
People seek more artisan decor for uniqueness and quality of craftsmanship. This mindset is always driving more people to purge the junk in order to splurge on one coveted, special item. People want engaging and exciting shopping experiences and in return will pay for quality merchandise. As their appetite for poor to mediocre mass merchandise decreases, we will continue to see larger retail chains decline and a resurgence in shopping in locally-owned boutiques and continued patronage to specialty online purveyors. Remember, the story and experience are the keys to success.
Image credits (left-to-right; top-to-bottom): A Blissful Nest, Adara, Lemonoosh, House of Blu, David Adjaye for Knoll, MyDomaine, Gaetayo Sciolari, Room Decor, Clei, Aphro Chic Kilims, Etro