My passion for interior design started at a young age. From the time I could remember, I expressed myself through the space I inhabited. It was only later on that I realized, this passion also translated to fashion when I noticed that my desire to have my style reflect who I was, was present in both my home and my wardrobe. While I am not a trend seeker, my style in both areas will always be somewhat influenced by the latest trends. So it got me thinking. We all know that our own personal style in both fashion and interior design are influenced by who we are and what our lifestyle and surroundings are, but do the two really influence each other within the industry?
I think they do, and if you compare trends in both industries you will agree that they often mirror each other. In the past, this wouldn’t have been as possible, with fashion trends always moving at a much quicker pace than interior trends. I feel that Social Media has helped speed up the lag that interior design faced. Now with the help of bloggers, photographers and reporters who share trends with their readers and viewers the moment they see them, the two industries are almost neck-and-neck. The only difference being, in my humble opinion, is that one would be less likely to change their sofa for the latest trend than their coat. That doesn’t mean that the fashion and design industries are not taking cues from each other to come up with new and exciting trends for everyone to be influenced and inspired by. This season there were many hot trends that emerged, as seen in home shows, on the runway, and on style blogs. Here are 3 of my favourite trends that mirrored each other beautifully this past year.
1. Marble: Is it just me, or is marble everywhere these days? It’s natural pattern can be combined with higher end items, or with more casual pieces to add a touch of luxury. Because it is so versatile and can go with almost any style and taste, it is popping up in so many different areas, from stationary to furniture to fashion.
2. Colour Blocking: I love this trend. It’s fun while still maintaining a level of sophistication. If you love wearing blocks of colour, why not add it to your home? When done right, it looks incredible. I have been seeing a lot of colour blocking on both fashion and design blogs this season. Is it just me, or does it make you want to paint parts of your own home in blocks of bright saturated colours?
3. Velvet: With it’s rich, smooth and beautiful texture, velvet is definitely a great way to add warmth to your home, and heat to your wardrobe. It’s really making a comeback in fashion with people rocking it in full suits, leggings, pants, jackets and more. So adding it to your home is a no brainer. Start with some velvet throw pillows, or if you are in the market for a couch, a velvet number would be so elegant to look at and comfortable to lounge on.
While the marbled effect in fashion was clearly inspired by interiors, colour blocking and velvet are harder to decipher. So what do you think? Are the two industries equally influenced by one another, or is one more influential than the next?