A season shift is about to take place. The scent of change stirs us inside. Most of us are back from our summer holidays, but the holiday buzz still lingers as we are trying to adjust to our “norm” living once again. I, for one, feel a little “fuzzy” like I’m having an extended “holiday hangover” caused from excessive imagery overload. Soon enough, schools will open and reality will slap us (hopefully gently) in the face! It’s been three weeks since I sat down to type anything. And although, my head is bustling with all these exciting ideas, it’s not easy to start putting the words together down in a meaningful sentence. Hence, I decided to write about something close to my heart: my love for textiles – the forever inspiring decor trend. Lately, textiles are experiencing a great momentum and luckily, autumn is one of the best times to look into fashionable interior textiles that could make our hearts leap and our homes feel brighter, cozier and visually more pleasing for seasons to come.
I love textiles for three reasons. They are playful. They are expressive. And they have a comforting appeal. At the risk of oversimplifying the beauty of textiles, I believe that these are the most important and viable reasons why textiles have the power in transforming any house into a home. Whenever in doubt, you can always count on textiles for an update. They add personality in an instant and can change your mood at the blink of an eye. Their impact is huge: the playful character of textiles takes away the dullness in life!
…the playful character of textiles takes away the dullness in life!
It’s all about the fusion between patterns and colors that adds on this ‘win-win’ attribute to them. The options are countless. Bolder colors like ochre yellow, rusty red and cobalt blues are trending big lately, while royal green is gaining ground fast. I’m sure that many of you have spotted these colors already. Geometric patterns are popular with most, for they add on a sophisticated urban chic flair, while nature inspired patterns have surely a timeless allure and a more wabi-sabi vibe. But an up-and-coming trend in textiles to watch for are delicate designs inspired by oriental fauna and flora that will have a refined and elegant look, even a lustre. I think 2019 will be a turning point in the interior textile industry where more maximalist designs will flood the market, while all the more designers will opt them and restore them to their former glory. However, every trend has a counter trend. An overload of complex designs only means another trend with simpler patterns at neutral palettes to bring about balance and harmony. In any case though, lets not underestimate the visual impact of strong contrasts and the illusive creation of more negative space that works for all trends. In my humble opinion, this conglomeration of contrasting trends will result in a new “guilt-free” unprecedented maximalist aesthetic where more is MORE!
Since, textiles by default are expressive in their form, it makes sense to choose the ones that fascinate you the most. They dress up spaces including floors. Hence, opting for handmade textiles is an extra bonus for they have a historical legacy that adds prestige in any home decor style. Handmade rugs also fall under this category but they make a whole chapter of their own, that I won’t be getting into at this time.
Textile Charm and Sustainability
Sensory materials are amongst the most wanted i.e. velvet. Needless to say that the greatest charm in textiles lies in their texture – an attribute that has mostly to do with the actual nature of the yarn. Natural or man-made? Silk, cotton, wool or synthetic? This conflict has grown larger than ever before, as the two different approaches rival for their share of the market pie.
Every trend has a counter trend.
Longevity appears as a new more “mindful” criterion. Anti-tear, anti-stress, resilient, high performance criteria have yielded in a growth for high tenacity yarns. Sustainability soars for a more circular economy. The conflict has result in hybrid materials. One thing is for certain: it is a real concern that needs actual addressing. The facts alone are quite overwhelming. Did you know that 95% of textiles can be recycled, yet most still end up accumulating in landfills while it can take up to 40 years for clothes to decompose? These stats sound absurd. That’s why it is important to raise consumer awareness.
Be that as it may, conscious consumers that want a clear conscience, including myself, are demanding more ethos in this huge industry. Child labor concerns are finally being voiced and in some cases calls for action have eradicated such phenomenons altogether.
From a personal point of view, I love the comforting touch of natural yarns, such as Khadi, a hand-woven cloth spun on a spinning wheel, just like in the good old days. I think we could all benefit from more organic products such as that; ones with a lesser environmental print that support a more ethical economy at the same time. Having said that though, this means that I as a consumer, let alone as a designer, am responsible for the consuming choices I make. Ultimately, that translates into a deeper understanding of this complex industry, more research on my part and better choice making in the long run. Naturally, I am ecstatic whenever I stubble upon a brand or shop that can deliver the ethos I long for. But, I will be digging into the matter deeper in the near future, and I will be reporting my finds as I have so far. In any event, tomorrow’s aesthetics are yet to be written, although finesse is evidently coming back. Hopefully, if we unite our voices they will be written with a more mindful mindset.
Different days are coming and I look forward to them!