True Colors Shining Through: Current Fabric Trends for Interior Design

    2006 is a year of exciting and fun fabric trends in both the fashion and interior
    design industries. Balance is the theme for this year and bringing together the
    future with the past, the natural with the modern, the simplistic with the glamorous
    is the challenge for interior designers everywhere. In a world burdened with natural
    disasters, war and other serious issues design is filled with optimism once again
    and is certain to lift the spirits of many fabric consumers, regardless of what styles
    and trends you prefer.

    Redefining the Blues

    In the fashion and interior design industries blues have moved to the forefront this
    spring. According to the “New York Fashion Week Spring 2006” [September 9-16,
    2005] report from color authority Pantone, Inc. “New York designers are awash in
    America’s favorite color for Spring 2006. From sea to shining sea – the
    Mediterranean and Caribbean to the South Pacific and Atlantic – they have collected
    shades ranging from aquatic Blue Tint to placid Skyway and seaworthy Deep
    Ultramarine. Smooth sailing typifies the calm and effortless attitude infusing the
    season.” The nautical theme has also been sweeping the fashion industry and will
    affect the fabric and interior design industries as well. Keep an eye out for seashells
    in fabrics and a simple beach house look with furniture.

    Return of the White Room

    White is about to have serious comeback this year inspired by design that is natural
    and clean, yet modern and functional. The Interior Design Trends 2006 Special
    Report on the Sheffield School of Interior Design website reports the opinions of
    successful designers from a variety of places. Karen C. Wirrig of Karen Cole Designs
    says “I see furniture being designed with sleeker lines, less carving but still great
    attention to quality and detail.” “I rarely have a client who wants an ultra
    contemporary look,” continues Wirrig, “but I often have clients who want cleaner
    lines and simpler interior designs.” Pure white can also mixes easily with bright acid
    colors and works with mod and atomic age motifs, which are still hot.

    Glamorous Simplicity

    Although many design trends currently focus on natural colors and clean lines
    nature creates a glamour all its own. This exciting return to colors that exist in rain
    forests, sunsets and tropical beaches allows interior designers to include beautiful
    and bright color schemes in almost any room. The “too much is never enough” rule
    of the 1980’s has been transformed for showrooms in 2006. Prints are returning to
    our hearts and homes as well as luxurious fibers in rich saturated hues. Look for
    deep thick mohair and fine upholstery weight silks from Thailand, some of the finest
    silks in the world. There will also be a move towards futuristic fibers and
    constructions. The colors will be striking acid greens and fuschias, true oranges,
    turquoise and glamour would not be complete without metallics, like silver and
    gold! Flamestich, another delight from the 80’s, is returning with a modern, chic
    appearance. I also predict a revival of polished chinz, but don’t be scared, all these
    old school looks have been revamped to have hip, urban kind of feel.

    Design for the Age of Aquarius

    In this technological world interior design must also accommodate and blend a
    variety of electronic devices. I see modern furniture with everything from built in
    heaters to plug-ins for an i-pod. The Interior Design Trends 2006 Special Report
    from the Sheffield School of Interior Design also reports “interior designers and
    homeowners continue to struggle most with integrating the home office-and all the
    electronic equipment we now have-into the home.” Designer Cari Pilon states that
    “Almost all homes have a computer, but not all homes have space for a home
    office.” Pilon believes the challenge for designers is making sure “the computer
    desk doesn’t look like it dropped from the sky into the family room. You need to be
    creative to include the computer desk into the dining room without losing the
    aesthetic of the dining room.” On the other end of the spectrum there is a revival of
    some past styles, such as victorian fainting couches and and shelter sofas, all with
    more exposed wood.

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