Last week I had the privilege of attending a large interior design conference, Neocon East 2014 in Baltimore. I attended a great seminar titled “Design Directions and Trends” hosted by Susan Slotkis, ASID, an interior designer and professor at NYU.
Design trends vary by region and market niche but the driving forces are generally the same. These trends begin in the fashion world and move to the interior design industry sometime after. International events such as where the Olympics are to be held influence design. Destinations such as the BRIC nations, (Brazil, Russia, India and China) not only affect the economy but influence design trends, as well. Other major contributors to design trends are the Caribbean, New Orleans, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Aboriginal Australia.
Textiles such as ikat, batik, suzani and indigo patterns are very popular now and are rooted to their ethnic origins. Plaids, hounds tooth, and tattersall are very hot right now not only in the fashion industry but for fabric and upholstery. Moroccan influences can be found in both fabrics and furnishings.
Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is yellow. Perhaps the bright colors of Brazil have influenced this since they are hosting the summer Olympics in 2015. Other top colors for 2015 are blues and greens. Darker shades of blue, the combination of blue and white, aquamarine and lucite green will be very strong in the coming year for interior design.
With the world focused on more eco-friendly products and biophilia; faux firs, faux embossed leathers and an exciting new product, salmon leather, are being used for upholstering furniture and walls.
Design trends have life cycles and are rooted to our heritage and culture. With our ever changing world of technology, global events, war and the natural environment, trends define the interior design industry.
Suzanne Fletcher Interiors, ASID
6 Mount Pleasant Road
Sparta, NJ 07871