On trend - colours and fabrics
Last week we covered the key furniture styling trends for 2012 featured at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and this week we’ve got a selection of colour trends and fabrics which are set to take the home and commercial sector by storm.
As you can imagine there was an array of colour palettes featuring at the exhibition and we’ve broken down some of the one’s we love. No one colour dominated, it was more about the combinations of colours or how they’re used together which interested us. There was a great use of what we describe as “hidden” colour from exhibitors. Hidden colour is a bright or accent shade which hides on the sides of modular type furniture creating a discreet flash of colour, or alternatively it is used in the detailing of a piped seam or stitching. Some of the main colour trends at the fair were spring colours of blues, greys and yellow and below demonstrates how the colours were used together:
- Blues, pale turquoise and teal used in colour blocks.
- Warm greys combined with burnt oranges and tan shades.
- Warm greys with ochre yellows – a bit like our Hemp fabric in Gorse.
- Warm greys and mid-tone purples.
- Families of greens used together in all different hues.
- Flat denim blues couples with greys or alternative shades of blue.
- Varying tones of teal shades used with warm grey and a splash of acidic citrus yellow which was a new highlight shade.
Softness, handle and texture sum up the approach to fabrics for this year. Pattern, although still a major contender was not as prominent in the latest designs. Previews at the fair included tweed textured fabrics, similar to our upcoming fabric Monroe. These tweedy surfaces look to have been inspired by jacketing fabrics and could take the lead in some furniture design this year. Many of the trends for this year match a range of our fabrics so we’re excited to see how they may be used.
Some of our other fabric observations are:
- Striated textures using two tone and shot effects, similar to our Denim fabric range, are still being used and complement the relaxed furniture styles we mentioned last week.
- Solid, plain coloured fabric still has resonance for certain conditions which our Blazer fabric offers in a range of colours.
- Our new Hemp fabric is on trend this year with a number of furniture pieces incorporating home spun and sophisticated textured fabrics. The surface softly glisten’s like slubbed silk and creates a wonderful homespun look.
- The purity of natural fibres was explored at the fair and is something Camira’s working hard to embrace in a number of fabrics this year.
It has been great to see just a few of the predictions for fabric and textures in 2012. In our upcoming posts we’ll be giving you some insight into where we find inspiration, as well as our key seasonal colour trends for this year. Watch this space.