It’s almost the end of 2015, which means all the trend lists are coming out. Every magazine is showing ‘What’s Hot and What’s Not’. Take a glance at any magazine at the checkout counter and you’ll see what colour to paint the walls in 2016, (because I change mine every year…not), the best skirt length and the hottest bag to carry.
Trends are an interesting phenomena. I have a love-hate relationship with following trends. Last year I wrote a blog talking about decorating with classic decor called the Un-Trendy List for 2015. This year, I want to share a few trends with you on how people are living and what we’re spotting as upcoming lifestyle trends. These lifestyle trends are influencing several sectors, including interior design. Scroll down to see 5 trends that we’re paying attention to.
Dieter Rams belief in “Less, but better” / “Weniger, aber besser” is looking smarter and smarter everyday. The iconic designer believes that good design is timeless and if we surround ourselves with objects that are designed well, then they will last forever. There is a growing trend today that embraces reduction and concentrates on stewardship. We are seeing this trend show up in decor whereby people are buying quality pieces and expecting to own them for a lifetime.
The handmade trend is coming on big these last few years. From artisan food, to one-of-a-kind works of art, people are wanting hand-crafted products. Handmade products in a home distinguish a space, and the small details that are done with care, make a space feel luxurious. Old fashioned crafts like macrame, weaving, quilting and crotchet are gaining new followers. Handcrafted items are made with love – and that equals good energy.
Pattern is the repetition of a graphic motif done in a material. There were lots of years when the use of pattern wasn’t popular- florals and geometrics weren’t being used for decor. Which was a shame actually. While people in North America were eschewing the use of patterned materials, they would ooh and aah over the floors and furniture in castles and churches all over Europe. And that’s the trick. Look for inspiration from buildings that have stood the test of time. Textiles too have come in and out of favour, but there are timeless fabric patterns. See my blog on Abraham Moon fabrics. We’re glad to see a love of pattern returning to North American interiors.
Individualism is big now. It’s becoming more and more trendy to be un-trendy. Those people brave enough to be true to themselves, are suddenly being hailed as trailblazers. Geeky is the new cool. This lifestyle trend is showing up in home decor. It’s okay to have bits and pieces of unmatched furniture, grandma’s old china, and a mid-century modern console table. More and more of our clients are bringing out treasures they inherited and wanting us to mix it with what they own. And now it’s cool to be shopping at yard sales, thrift stores, antique markets and stalking kijiji. Which is good on so many fronts – our self esteem, our authentic selves, and by recycling and repurposing, the environment.
It may be a rebellion, but it’s not a full blown war. We’re not giving up iPads, iPods or social media anytime soon. But what we’re seeing with our clients is the need to have a place to escape technology. More and more, we’re designing reading rooms, tranquil bedrooms and even old fashioned spaces like wine rooms and baking pantries. People are asking for serene spaces with restful colours and fabrics. Even home offices are changing. We’re making them softer, using antique tables and chairs instead of traditional office desks. I expect this lifestyle trend will only gain popularity as a balance to our plugged-in world.
Lifestyle trends are interesting to follow. These five trends tell us that people today are wanting quality items that showcase their individualism. They love technology but desire quiet, serene spaces. We’re also becoming concerned with the environment and want sustainable goods. We appreciate the quality that artisan goods provide. We don’t mind buying second-hand and are trying to cut down on consumption. All these broad trends are affecting the way we live. This kind of trend-spotting, I can handle. Do you see yourself in these 5 trends?
Enjoy the last few days of 2015. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.
Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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