How fashion has influenced the world of home design
Laura Ashley and Cath Kidston are two of the most well-known of the designers that apply the same styles and fabrics they use for clothing to home furnishings. In each case, there are particular patterns and prints that give their fashion and home accessories a distinctive look. The same is true of current fashion trends – in many cases these are transposed from the fashion show runway to home interiors quite quickly.
The influence of the internet
The instant worldwide publicity that fashion now gets, propelled by social media and the internet, means that the new season’s styles are adapted for interior design almost immediately, although some analysts argue that designers in both camps are working in tandem with each other. On the basis that your home reflects your personality, and so do your clothes, it’s quite logical that the links between home décor and fashion choices should be strong. Here are a few trends that have gained particular popularity:
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In spring 2015, designer trends included fabric that used patterns of loose, geometric lines. These appeared on ball gowns by Carolina Herrera and were replicated in wall designs in homes almost immediately. They are relatively simple to execute and can be hand-painted. However, if you don’t want to repaint your walls you can always fit wooden window shutters like these, adjusting the louvers until you achieve the desired effect.
Other prints used by designer Tory Burch in the spring show are geometric figures, blurred lines and shapes that might remind you of Moroccan patterns. Used on a range of clothing and bags, these designs easily transfer to fabrics for curtains and tablecloths, and to carpeting for rugs.
Another fashion element that travels seamlessly from fashion to home design is colour. Both dark yellow/ochre and cobalt blue made a splash on the runways this year – the former via designer Tory Burch and the latter via Rebecca White. Ochre is now appearing on furniture while cobalt blue has found a place in home textiles. Monochromic prints have always been popular and these appeared in spring 2015 on dresses by Carolina Herrera and have been taken up by Scandinavian design company Oyoy for use on textiles, including scatter cushions and floor rugs.
One fashion trend that has had a major influence on home design is the use of lace. This popped up in designer and then high street clothing in 2013/14, particularly dresses by Valentino, and has since made its way into design elements for furniture – including lacework incorporated into chair backs, tables and wallpaper. Gingham has also been transformed from country cousin to city slicker by stylish designs. With a sophisticated, tailored look the gingham designer outfits showcased in spring 2015 also influenced home interiors so that gingham patterns began to appear on bed linen, upholstery and tableware.
When all is said and done, a designer is a designer. It doesn’t matter whether they are working with fabric for clothing or fabric/other materials for home furnishings – the required skills are virtually identical. In the end, an eye for colour and form plays an important part in both.
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