Mad for plaid! Haberdashery is a leading trend as we head into 2016. The menswear influence comes in the form of suiting material and runway garments from wool plaids to small checks to textural houndstooth designs. Colors enhancing this style include warm and cool grays, heathered neutrals with a red accent, navy, black and camel browns.
Metal buckles and leather accents round out the fashion influence hitting retail stores soon. Plaids range in scale from small checks to large, bold repeats that make a statement when used on a sofa. They can be seen with as few as two, or as many as eight, colors depending on the construction. Most notable is the wool component to the menswear look, or yarns that emulate wool through weaving or supplemental finishing processes.
An extension of the current handcrafted trend is the continued prevalence of Japanese influences. From geometric, kimono-inspired patterns to hand-dyed effects, all can be seen in both formal and casual interiors. The blurred edges of shapes are achieved through an ancient resist-dying process known as Shibori. This technique produces a watercolor effect as fabric is clamped or stitched and pulled, yielding a tension on the cloth’s surface that resists traditional dye.
The resulting soft geometric shapes create an artisan touch, especially in modern interiors. Color highlights for this trend include indigo blues on a backdrop of natural flax, linen and cream colors. Also important are bright oranges, soft chartreuse and an occasional coral pink. The mix of a natural dyed pattern with a tightly woven geometric achieves a Bohemian collage effect as seen on the urban streets in any city, USA.
Traditional-made-modern is a growing trend as an answer to historic textile patterns. Antique document-inspired patterns have provided a backbone to traditional interior spaces throughout time. While these period fabrics are often known for their ornate and opulent designs, a new trend is emerging — taking historic designs and simplifying the edges, colors and details yielding a modern spin on frames, scrolls and florals.
The simplified patterns have versatile styling appeal as they can be used in traditional environments as well as urban, loft-like interiors. An offshoot of this trend is the Hollywood glam style that uses the same modern spin on traditional designs, but takes the color and materials one step further, with high sheen accents and metallic playing a leading role in defining this interior. Colors associated with the traditional-made-modern theme include a full range of soft slate blues, ethereal mint greens, blush pinks and corals, grays to silver and metallic-accented creams in a full range of colors. Shades of brass lead the way as the newest metallic color influencing this contemporary trend.
Botanical motifs and freshly colored chinoiserie are on the horizon. From palm leaves to brilliant pagoda scenes, this traditional styling is making its way up the coast. Chinoiserie is prevalent in wallpaper, prints and wovens as this Asian influence complements any bright, playful interior. With the decline of the geometric two-color prints, the new botanicals lead the way for added color. Lacquer wood finishes play up the whimsical color with backdrops of turquoise, palm green, pomegranate red and mango orange creating the palette. Velvets, prints and Chanel-like textures complement the interiors as accent fabrics on chairs and pillows. This livable mix of patterns offers a fresh vehicle for color that can swing casual or formal with the blend of materials, and fresh combinations of color.