It’s not always necessary to follow what is popular when it comes to your space, or even your personal sense of style! But sometimes when you’re looking for inspiration or need a change, the easiest place to find it is within the trends that dominate the season.
There are many places to look when you need to stimulate your creative side, but what’s trending doesn’t always remain consistent from one area to another. For example, colours that we see everywhere on the runway may not be the same as what we see in terms of interior design. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t draw from both sources!
This year on the runway, across many of the largest design houses, there is a refreshing departure from the “usual” Fall colours. Primarily, designers are showing vibrant and unexpected hues of purple, from pale lavender all the way to a deep grape. Green is making an always welcome appearance as well, with shades mostly on the lighter side (sage, pistachio, and mint), but would Fall really be complete without the staple of deep forest green? These two powerhouse hues are complemented nicely by the addition of rich orange colours in essential shades like rust, but also stunning and spirited variations like sunset and tangerine. If you find that any of these colours seem too bright or intense for you, pair the perfect textured beige or camel piece (like a chunky knit duster!) with any of these trending colours, and you’ve made yourself an effortless and beautiful outfit!
After all that being said, the direction of Interior Design Trends is a little different, but we’ll talk about how you can pull from both areas later! Though we are seeing some key Fall fundamentals returning (like rustic accents and warm tones), more unexpected colours and trends are found here as well.
A major player this year is one of my personal favourite shades of blue…..Peacock! This rich hue is strong and bold enough to be a feature on its own, like an accent wall, but also versatile enough to be paired with almost any interior style!
Another stand-out design trend of this season is the strong presence of black furniture in freshly updated interiors. Previously we’ve seen staple pieces like tables and couches in black, but this season calls for all black desks, bookcases, hutches and accent tables. Find black to be too much? Try it in a matte finish instead of lacquered! Of course black is a classic, but it can be used in such unexpected ways, and that’s what we’re seeing this year with designers being more adventurous with this colour. Something that has been popping up frequently as well, and happens to go well with all the other 2019 trends this year, is adding touches of metallics to your home. Tired of the familiar silver or gold? This year try going for rose gold, copper, or brass! Luckily, with the resurgence of the mid-century modern trend still going strong, these warmer and more vintage-looking metallic options are becoming more readily available. One of the few primary trends to cross over from fashion to interior design this Fall is the colour purple! As we mentioned earlier, in the Fashion arena purple is available in a slew of beautiful shades, but mostly what we’re seeing of this royal colour in interior design is rich, jewel-toned variations that compliment almost every style, and couples well with most colours.
Along with all of this, standard additions like textured and/or neutral throws, pillows, or rugs are again popular, but we’re also seeing a rise in retro graphics and prints this season to spice up your interior. Retro prints are surprisingly easy to incorporate, and most that you find can be paired nicely with bold colours, textures, metallics, and of course the aforementioned black furniture trend!
Now aside from purple showing up in both territories, most of the trends we’re seeing in Fashion vs. Interior Design are not the same. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t mix and match style from both places! For example, If peacock-blue isn’t to your liking, you could pull sage green inspiration from the Fall fashion trends and pick some new cushions in that shade to pair with your new soft black wall (if you’re adventurous!). It’s easy to keep your interior fresh and updated when you realize that you can take inspiration from anywhere.
Of course you can fully re-do a space or paint a wall or two to completely change your interior, but if you focus on accents like rugs, textiles, accent tables, or accessories you can revive your home easily and frequently; you could do it every season if you wanted to!