Looking for fresh and innovative interior ideas? Interior design trends often reflect local climate, current affairs, events, and economics. They speak to the wants and needs of the consumers in the market and echo how they are feeling about the world in which they live. Looking to another culture may just provide you with a different point of view from which to tell your story.
What are trends? Trends can be defined as the styling, colors, patterns, materials, and shapes of a particular season that have a long-term influence on the market. Current trends can evolve from a previous season or echo larger societal trends. Interiors tend to focus on “macro” trends (bigger and longer lasting) than “micro” trends (more common in fast fashion). Unlike fads that quickly fade, trends are long-standing as they develop and change over time.[i]
Gaining access to global interior design trends is easier than it’s ever been due to the ever-evolving rate of technology. Thankfully, with all of this information, we see there are more similarities than differences across the globe. Principles and elements of design are universal and are reconstructed to reflect local themes and regional and cultural motifs. It’s the reconstruction that creates meaning by reflecting a genuine time and unique place in the world.
Elle Décor once shared “The Biggest Decorating Trends Around The Globe Right Now,”[ii] and these images show – as a world collection – that styles are mingling, color is important, and meaningful items take center stage. Where do you begin to discover the style right for you? Find and use those parts of design trends that speak to you. Maintain a curiosity and openness about what you see and uncover what’s interesting and beautiful. Use that inspiration to influence your space without making it a carbon copy of the original. If you like hand crafted items, identify the idea behind them and incorporate that concept into your design. For example, local crafting with specialized techniques and cultural motifs is not something that happens only in one part of the world. Developing your collection locally, or as a method to recall experiences from memorable trips, allows the experience of collecting to become absorbed into the items. Rather than having inanimate objects sitting on the shelf, those items become a catalyst for you to share the story, inviting others to engage in the experience as well.
Design is not only about what’s in the space but also the experience and how it makes an individual feel. According to The David Report (an influential blog and online magazine that explores the intersection of design, culture, and business) engagement trends have moved away from monetary and toward knowledge and experience-based trends. Consumers simply do not “buy” anymore; they want to be part of the experience.
It’s not often in today’s age of instant information and constant sharing that we are genuinely delighted by what we see. Challenge yourself to look at the elements and principles of design of far way lands and exotic cultures to discover fresh new design that inspires you!
About the Author
Sally Chavez, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, practiced commercial interior design in Arizona for over 30 years and worked for a wide variety of sectors across the A&D industry, developing a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the design process. During her career, Chavez cultivated her design philosophy that innovative and fresh ideas develop from the original and inspired use of materials. As a senior designer for Wilsonart, an engineered surfaces company in Temple, Texas, she uses her experience everyday as team lead for the Wilsonart core product line.
Photo Credits: Natalia Smith, Andrea Flint