As the world continues to evolve and adapt to post-pandemic life, social and cultural changes impact multiple aspects of life, including how consumers fill their homes. And those changes inform many of the trends shaping the home decor space.
At the recent High Point Market, Jaye Mize, vice president and creative director for home at trend forecaster Fashion Snoops, provided insight into some of these trends not only impacting the homeware industry now, but over the years. to come.
One of the major trends touched by Mize was the desire to create a sanctuary in the bedroom, where well-being and sustainability converge to create a healthy and comfortable space.
“The bedroom wellness conversation now includes sustainability, which is actually merging with wellness,” he said. “It’s not just about taking care of the planet anymore, it’s also about taking care of yourself.”
That intersection of sustainability and self-care opens up a conversation about the fabrics used in the bedroom, with an emphasis on the origin and makeup of bedding and other fabrics.
“People really wanted their bedroom to become a refuge and are starting to dig deep into where their fabrics come from,” Mize said. “We are seeing a movement towards people who focus on having a healthy environment in which they rest their heads. Cleaner fabrics are really a big deal, eliminating all chemicals and dyes. “
This trend of sustainable well-being is also reflected in the curved silhouettes and the incorporation of natural materials and plants into the rooms.
“With sustainability and wellness, people are truly turning to nature to take care of themselves, bringing the natural elements back into the home,” Mize said.
Mize said that flower therapy, which derives a sense of well-being from flowers, is an important aspect of this trend and is reflected in several ways around the home.
“We’ve been in this dumb environment for a while and I’m happy to say the flowers are making a big comeback,” she said. “We are seeing a lot of pressed botanicals and dried flora, and the prints on the fabrics look like pressed flowers and dyed effects.”
Chromatically, those natural influences appear throughout the home’s palettes, which have warmed significantly from the cool grays of yesteryear to a return to the limelight of brown tones.
“We’re seeing a lot of warmth and rooting colors come into the house,” Mize said. “Things that look undyed, colors like husk and grain and lots of earth tones, these darker browns, as well as lots of sun-worn mids.”
Nature-inspired shades of green, botanical colors like sage green, pastel palm green, and burnt olive, grow in importance, as do ocean blues and muted lilacs. Mize also identified a punchy orange, nicknamed spritz orange, which is becoming increasingly popular.
“It’s a happy hue that translates well out of fashion,” she said. “We are seeing a lot of designers using [it] on the sofas “.
The influence of fashion also plays heavily on home textiles, but with a more welcoming cut.
“More fashion combinations are pushed into the upholstery – more furs and angora brings the natural fiber with a high style,” Mize said. “Everyone wants high pile, high flame, super cozy aesthetic, like the ’90s sweaters’ interpretations for upholstery.”
Mize said past influences have become more prominent in the wake of the pandemic and this is reflected in the trends shaping the home space.
“Nostalgia is really important,” he said. “We have been traumatized for the past two years and nostalgia makes people feel safe. So we’re seeing a lot of ’70s and’ 80s prints and colors. “
Inclusion in home design has also become an important movement, according to Mize. This can range from things like plus size bath towels to what she calls the “decolonization of the home,” a conscious effort not to take motives and traditions of other cultures without properly attributing them.
Overall, Mize said the desire for serenity and a slower pace will continue to influence how consumers decorate their homes for years to come.
“We want to disconnect, we are running out,” he said.