Style isn’t just for the catwalk and fashion is not only about clothes and shoes anymore. Trends in the fashion industry are increasingly having a direct impact on interior design in most parts of the world. Your favourite dress fabric can become your favourite seat cover or window curtain. The same goes for your favourite colours and hues.
Interior trends typically aren’t as fast moving as fashion ones. You don’t rush to change your wall hangings or drapes every time a new fashion line or trend comes out. In recent years however, the worlds of fashion and interior design are colliding more often. The interiors industry has picked up the pace considerably, drawing more inspiration from recent fashion fads to come up with wonderful creations faster than before. This is helped a great deal by social media forces.
Over the years, some fashion trends have had more impact on interior design than others. The five trends outlined below prove that beautiful concepts can be easily assimilated from the runway to your rooms:
Originally from the catwalks, geometric shapes, chevron patterns, trellis designs and tribal patterns have been adapted to suit various home décor styles. You can incorporate them as stand-alone designs on a statement wall or as coloured shapes printed on rugs, throws, sofas or cushions in a room.
Popular for decades, floral designs have more staying power in fabric designs for interiors than in fashion. Adapt the look for your home by purchasing wallpapers, seat covers, duvets, rugs etc with floral designs on them. Accessorize your home with fresh blooms displayed in beautiful flower bottle vases for a special touch.
Black and white graphic prints
Monochrome prints are timeless classics both on runways and home interiors. They work great on their own or when used to offset other brighter hues. For an elegant and chic look, experiment with black and white stripes for your window dressings, cushions or carpets. Simple monochrome geometrical shapes also work well when used on statement pieces.
Also borrowed from catwalks, plaid patterns are a big hit in interior design. Tartans, plaids and other prints with Scottish influences can be a bit dark and overwhelming so they need to be complemented by lighter colours. Use them sparingly on throws, rugs, carpets or cushions.
These have been around since the dawn of fashion and are currently enjoying a resurgence with home designers. By playing around with the size and colours of the dots, you can easily create a retro, quirky or sophisticated look for any room in your house. Avoid going overboard with this trend though as it can quickly become overwhelming if overdone.
When you pause to think about it, there is an overlap between what we wear and how we decorate our homes. Both the fashion and interior design worlds are influenced by our lifestyles and surroundings. The important thing is to find a way for both of them to come together in a way that works for you, to create a wardrobe and home that reflect your unique individuality.