It’s a bit late in the year to be forecasting trends for 2014, but just the other day I was thinking about things I’ve either seen a lot of in interiors, or things that I have expected to see and have not.
Interior trends tend to follow fashion trends, so when you look to the catwalks for next seasons clothing, you can be sure to see the trends featured there seeping into interiors in the following months.
Tribal and ethnic prints have been everywhere. All year. And this is pretty evident in any high street retailer now. The trend has gone from the designers, to the catwalks, and eventually filtered into the homes of everyone. As have florals. Floral prints have been around for a number of years now, and each year they take a different twist. Small, ditsy prints one year, to large, bold, almost Hawaiian next.. then faded and pastels. You get the gist.
The trend I was thinking about the other day is ombre. It’s been around for a year or two so it’s not exactly this year’s newest thing and I am by no means forecasting it. But I just couldn’t think if I’d seen it in interiors at all. And I wanted to know if it had made it into our homes. So I did a little research.
For those of you that don’t know, ombre is a French word meaning shaded. In fashion, it seems to apply to any garment that starts out one colour and gradually changes to another. It didn’t start in fashion though. I first heard about it in relation to the hair colour. I saw it on a celebrity once and thought, ‘I MUST have that, I wonder what it’s called?’
Since then it has appeared as a nail varnish trend, cake decorating (the actual cake batter and the frosting), clothing, floral arrangements.. everything. And I just hadn’t seen it crop up in interiors with the exception of a couple of cushion covers.
What my research showed me is that some people have taken this trend into their interiors; with mixed results.
Here are a few photos of things I’ve seen. Personally, I absolutely LOVE the ombre paint effect on a wall. In certain colours it oozes glamour and sophistication while also adopting its own personality. I want one of these walls. What do you think?