The fashion trends of the past shape the styles of the home today. There is more to a floral patterned cushion than meets the eye, as this is a style that speaks volumes about the influence that fashion has had on interior design throughout history. What are the other timeless fashion trends that have shaped interior style? Explore our list of trends that never go out of style to discover more about the relationship between fashion and interior design.
Timeless Design Trends:
An abstract print adds character and flair to any home or outfit. In the ’70s, abstract prints came in the form of psychedelic women’s dresses alongside men’s shirts and ties. Nowadays, psychedelic textiles are not just found in clothes – cushion covers, throws, and even wallpaper echo the abstract vibrancy of ’70s prints.
Tip: Choose cushion covers in bright and bold patterns, the louder the better.
Simple atomic and doodle-like floral patterns in subdued colors became popular in post WWll women’s fashion, and can now be seen in the clothes of contemporary designers such as Orla Keiley. Key designers who brought their mid-century textiles to interior design are Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag, and Marian Mahler, whose textiles were eventually used for home decorations.
Tip: Apply mid-century wallpaper to only one wall for a subtle yet striking effect.
Luxurious and sophisticated, leopard print makes a high impact in small amounts. Dolce & Gabbana’s, Alexander Wang’s, and Nina Ricci’s 2017 spring collections show that leopard print is still a popular trend. Women have been wearing leopard prints since the ’20s, when long leopard print coats were seen on fashionable women. In 19th century homes, real animal skins were used as rugs to symbolize wealth amongst the aristocracy. In the ’60s. leopard print became a more common trend in the home creating a bohemian look in interior design.
Tip: Go bold with leopard print canvasses hung on a blank wall, or be subtle with one of our leopard print pillows.
A Touch of the Orient
Since the days of colonialism, the trends of the Far East have influenced Western fashion and design. Chinese and Southeast Asian inspired clothes became popular around 1910, with fashion designer Paul Poiret leading the style. Nowadays, Chinese decorative arts are a popular trend in the home.
Tip: Blue and white plates and vases with Chinese illustrations have been popular in homes for centuries, and still look good in modern kitchens.
Geometric patterns were often seen on the clothing of young, free spirits of the ’60s and still have youthful, fun-loving associations. Although geometric–printed fabrics can be traced back to the Aztecs, geometric wall papers, flooring, and wall hangings became a fashionable trend in interior design in the ’60s.
Tip: Hang geometric prints on your wall, or choose a geometric rug to anchor your room. Geometric decorative boxes are another way to bring this look into the home, place on an angular coffee table to accentuate the style.
This retro style began in the ’60s when an obsession with space coincided with the first man on the moon in 1969. Space-age style emerged in fashion in the form of PVC white mini dresses with astronaut inspired accessories, such as boots and goggles by Andre Courreges. Inspired by these new cosmic outfits, space-age furniture and all-white color schemes became popular in interior design afterward.
Tip: Try decorating a room entirely in white for a timeless space-age style. Go all out with white carpets to match crisp white walls.
Classic polka-dot prints were popular in ‘20s women’s clothing, and they’ve shown up in fashion over and over again throughout history. Recently polka dots have become a stylish choice for wallpaper and tableware, bringing the style of ‘20s A-line dresses into the world of interior design.
Tip: Choose from polka dot wallpaper, a colorful polka dot vase, or a chic black and white polka dot bench cushion. There are many ways to incorporate this classic and timeless style into your home.
Southwestern is a unique trend that has been catching the eyes of designers since the days of the Wild West in America. Ralph Lauren was one of the main fashion designers who brought classic cowboy boots and shirts to modern fashion and has since launched Ralph Lauren Home, bringing this classic American style to interior design.
Tip: Choose rustic woods, distressed metals, and natural cottons to add Southwestern style to your home. Pale green and yellow colors epitomize this rustic trend and suit natural materials.
Classic and traditional floral prints reminiscent of the countryside are a timeless favorite. This look was championed by women’s fashion designer Laura Ashley whose range of women’s clothing in the ‘50s launched an iconic style pioneered by the likes of Audrey Hepburn. Since then, Laura Ashley’s textiles can be found in many homes around the world.
Tip: Less is more when it comes to floral prints. Floral cushion covers and floral lamps add a touch of flowery beauty without going over the top.
Pastel color schemes are more fashionable than ever, but this distinctly feminine look is not new. Pale pink A-line dresses were hugely popular in the ‘50s, and these days the pastel shades worn by Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe have made their way into our homes.
Tip: Wooden chairs in pastel pink, set around a white dining table, add a cute feminine style to any home.