Fashion forward – part 2

Good morning readers and welcome back to part 2 of my attempt at deciphering all the crystal ball gazing and other mysterious activities surrounding the 2011 interior design trend predictions.
So yesterday we looked at which colours we can expect to see a LOT more of this year, and today I wanted to look at the specific styles forecast as being huge in 2011.  As far as I can tell, there seem to be two over-arching and radically polarised trends:
1) a simple, natural and pure style focusing on neutrals, natural materials and all that is good in the world!; and
2) a CRAZY, colourful, ethnic, mix-it-all-together-and-see-what-happens style, with big block colours, patterns, and general Fun Stuff.
Guess which one I like better…?
I guess the moody blues and greys I talked about yesterday are more suited to the first style, and the bonkers en vogue accents (fuchsia, lemon-lime, teal, tangerine, magenta, coral, canary yellow) are more suited to the second…
So let’s start with the more sedate of the two styles.  It seems to all be about a greater degree of austerity, with clients re-thinking what they really need in order to live well and leaning towards more simple clear-cut designs, manufacturing techniques and materials: wool, light woods (maple, pecan), stone, leather, knits, burlap, bamboo, plant fibres and cork.  All these natural materials give a huge textural palette, and we’ll also up the interest factor with distressed finishes, tie-dyes and hand-stencilled patterns.

The trend forecasting set-up Heimtextil (who I also nicked the above pics from) state that ‘People are looking for distinctive individualistic features marked by imperfection not perfection’.  Happily, this perfectly and succinctly sums up what I believe, in terms of beauty: it’s all about delighting in the imperfections and not all wanting to have identikit homes or all look like Barbie dolls.
The trend has also resulted from a strong consumer desire for locally sourced unique artisan products (the whole global/local ‘hearth and home’ argument) that are personal rather than mass produced, and that show their individuality, a higher awareness of quality and sustainability, and a greater push for ethically-produced items along with repurposed or recycled pieces such as reclaimed wood flooring or re-upholstering existing furniture. 
Couple of concept board inspiration piccies:

And some furnishings ideas (these stools are AWESOME – made by Claire-Anne O’Brien):

Applying the trend to the Caribbean:

LOVE the natural feel of the materials and all the textures! 
The second big trend seems to be ethnic- and folk-inspired textiles, colours, patterns and accessories (think African drums, Mayan textiles, Mexican votives, Morrocan lamps, Indian shishas and saris, I could go on…and I feel like singing, haha).  These items give your home instant depth and history (and perhaps link in to the desire for items that are personal and display individuality in the previous trend?).  The incredible ikat print is not going to leave us for a while yet, it seems (whoop).
Benjamin Moore have predicted the rise of rich berry tones and orangey hues such as coral, saffron and cinnamon, combined with browns, deep greys and bronze. 

And Farrow & Ball appears to agree!

Other materials like mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and beadwork are also looking popular – come to mama!
A few concept board pics:

And a few ideas for the home:

(Check out The Loaded Trunk for some ideas – I’ve been logged onto this website for about 4 days straight…)

A friend of mine over here in Cayman said to me a while ago ‘You know what Elly, you’re just like the ‘girl next door’’ (at which point I started getting offended as that sounds pretty dull, if you ask me), but he quickly corrected himself saying ‘I mean, if I were living in a hippy commune, you’d be just like the ‘girl next door’’, which I actually thought was hilarious.  So anyway, the hippy in me is loving all these colours, textiles and mixed up patterns etc. – can’t wait to see what the big designers come up with this year! 

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