» The Trend Analysis
The Trend Analysis
Trends in the architectural and interior design world have developed greater
synthesis with the fashion world. Your private world and your physical self
are increasingly in tune (at least aesthetically) with your public existence
and your living space. This new dynamic is changing the way we define trends
they are no longer isolated. People are increasingly aware that anything
in their home makes a statement about them. Design is all about re-enforcing
individuality now. Which means there are no strict rules, other than one
- 'Reflect your individuality'.
Contemporary design features continue to hold sway, although they move away
from minimalism, harsh lines and a clinical ambience is replaced with a
touch of old world warmth. Modern design meets mid-century interior concepts
to create spaces that give us the best of both worlds
old and new.
Eclecticism is in. This is the time when that colonial/antique piece of
furniture can be placed alongside your contemporary straight-line sofas,
and not look out of place. Mix and match is the trend as aesthetic independence
becomes more pronounced. Ornate fixtures and accessories alongside straight-line
minimalist metal furniture would not be incongruous.
Colors are bold. People are getting bolder. A few years back could anyone
imagine having a crimson red bedroom ?
Metal remains an extensively used feature of design. The only difference
is that it is now mixed with other mediums, from wood to leather. Metal
laminates are being used on everything from walls to furniture. In tones
of bronze, burnished copper, gold frosted, nickel
.and many more. There
is a lot of development in this particular aspect of interiors and it's
likely to get more and more creative.
Texture. A word to memorize this year. Because it touches every feature
of design. On walls, in fabrics, in wood finishes, in flooring concepts
and everything defined by texture. Flooring shows increased use of carpet
tiles, and carpets that focus on tones and weaves rather than motifs. In
tiles, ceramics are out, porcelain is in. Glass continues its reign of supremacy
and is being used in a lot of creative ways. Not just for functionality
but also for embellishment.
Furnishing fabrics are dominated by textures and weaves that focus
on the in-built beauty of natural fibers. Fabrics with metal woven into
them, tones and thread work, embroidery and quilting are all making a comeback.
Prints are back in action but the motifs are eclectic and the colors very
bold. Polka dots have appeared out of nowhere and stripes refuse to go out
of fashion. Windows are no longer bare. Colour and embellishment complement
modern styles. The emphasis is on creating a fusion between the old world
style and the modern look. Roman blinds remain popular as do drapes in contemporary
styles. Top treatments bring back a sense of grandeur while retaining the
clean lines. Metal, leather, suede are all being used with linen, cotton
and silks. Artificial fibers are no longer visible. Sheers are being used
extensively. Handwork and detailing bring in the elegance to the earlier
minimalist styles. Embroidery, printing and ethnic styles create their space
after a long hiatus.
Wall treatmnts are another force to reckon with this year. Paint
finishes, stenciling, the distressed look, faux treatments, color color
color. Faux treatments can be used on anything from walls to wood, ceramics
to metal/glass. Moldings are also back in business and ornate cornices happily
co-exist with contemporary style.
..again, clean lines, simple shapes. A new feature
in the lighting market is the use of motion sensors instead of manual light
switches. Along with an attempt to focus on subtle glow rather than direct
light. Offices still use fluorescent light but the attempt is to soften
the edges a bit and create light that is easier on the eye. In terms of
the material used, metal still rules the roost. But it is metal that comes
in a wide range of finishes from hand painted texture finishes to burnished
and oiled tones of copper and bronze. Shiny brass is completely out, although
brass may be used and finished in a metallic shade. China is totally passé.
Hand painting is welcome, but in a manner that develops tone and texture
motifs. Glass is used in a wide variety of colors and tones, wrought iron
in complemented with traditional embellishments. The biggest surprise is
the re-entry of chandeliers. The central light fixture is back with a bang.
If color and wall finishes are in, could murals be all that far behind?
Yes, walls are being decorated with murals. The bolder the better. But
only if the room is big enough to handle that kind of drama. Sofas continue
with the long silhouettes and remain low and tapered. The emphasis on
beige, off-white, ecru and white continues while the color is brought
in using decorative pillows. Leather makes a strong statement this year.
It touches most aspects of décor in one way or another. But modern
and traditional mingle like two enemies who have just become great friends.
If you figured that trimmings have died, think again. Beads are being used
for accessories and draperies. The bullion fringe re-appears with a vengeance
on window treatments and upholstery. Fireplaces are in vogue again. Doesn't
matter whether they are functional or not !!! There is a whole range of
styles in the market, to cater to almost any budget. The detailing varies
from metal accents to texture detailing.
Decoupage is another element of design that makes its presence felt this
year. Use it on furniture, or wall art. It is most definitely chic. In terms
of motifs, again, contemporary and traditional synthesize to create a new
style. Large motifs dominate in the larger interior schemes. The bolder
Kitchens are focusing as much on exteriors as interior accessories. Hardware
and fittings acquire much more prominence. Moldings are more detailed although
they are kept reasonably small. Open plan dominance keeps the focus on more
natural light. Glass is being used in many innovative ways in interior design.
From flooring to walls. Accessories to fittings. Mirrors have rekindled
In offices, the focus is on creating low panels, reducing the cubicle
environment to incorporate more flexibility. Square foot area is being
kept low, and management is contemplating the new mobility and giving
up huge private offices in favor of a more open environment. In homes,
with the dominance of the open plan, the trend is to remove isolated areas
and boundaries and create a place where one area flows into another and
there aren't that many rigid definitions. Essentially, our lifestyle choices
are reflecting the way we think
Interior Design - People spend more time indoors at their workplace,
the places of entertainment or shopping and their home. In today's competitive
and stressful lifestyle a cheerful, comfortable, soothing interiors and
modern design concepts are more meaningful than ever. The creation of innovative
and productive interior space designs is at the core of our architectural