Spectral color

Residential design refresh brings color and pattern

In recent years, the industry has seen a significant increase in color and pattern in interior design. While other parts of the world have already largely embraced the color, print and pattern, owners in the United States have remained somewhat muted – until now.

Following the pandemic and our urge to “refresh” our living spaces, designers and retailers are starting to see these items becoming more mainstream. Color began surfacing in every corner of the home: from peel and stick wallpaper to throw pillows, area rugs and home accessories.

“I think consumers feel more confident and more empowered to have fun and bring personality to their homes,” says Stacy Garcia, creative entrepreneur and founder of Stacy Garcia Inc., a design company with a collection of global lifestyle brands.

Warm beiges and browns make a comeback, exemplified in this collection of pillows from Stacy Garcia for LR Home.

Trendy bright color

In 2022, industry experts are beginning to see a general “warming up” of the home thanks to color. Various unique hues are trending now – vegetal greens inspire homeowners to bring nature indoors, blurring the lines between outdoors and indoors. Botanical and earthy colors continue to be among the most requested palettes in interiors. Warmer colors, including marigold yellow and rust-like reds, are also top picks.

“Some of these rust colors almost look like a sepia brown, which looks beautiful when paired with leather and wood,” says Garcia. “There are also a lot of trendy wooden materials right now.”

Different ranges of terracotta continue to be prominent, but with the upbeat punch of brighter oranges that are a bit warmer than they have been in the past. Brilliant coral shards also make an appearance.

“With coral, it’s almost like a trendy color — like lipstick,” Garcia says. “It’s one of those colors where it ‘goes well with all skin tones.’ accent, but we see them getting a little deeper and more saturated, a lot richer.

Patti Carpenter, Global Trends Ambassador for Maison & Objet and Director of Carpenter and Company, also saw this, observing that the industry has recently begun to return to “color basics”.

“We see very intense reds, blues and yellows, which are sort of our primary colors,” she says. “The Yves Klein blue, essential in Europe, has made a remarkable appearance lately. Especially in product groups influenced by the art world.

With colors intensifying and brightening in recent years, hues such as “absinthe green” also hit the Maison & Objet decor and design show in Paris earlier this year. According to Carpenter, green as a “family” of colors is still considered one of the most important.

“I don’t think essential greens are going away,” she says. “But I think they’re improved by this newer, brighter group.”

Even beiges and browns are making a comeback, now overtaking grays, which are considered an industry staple. Garcia says designers have started incorporating color into these neutral “backgrounds.” Sand, brown and beige tones fit perfectly between bold colors, offering a nod to the natural materials popularized in the world of decoration.

“We see the warm side replacing the gray tones,” says Carpenter. “They just feel a little bit better and they play so well with all these colors. We believe this will continue well into 2024, 2025 and beyond.

Softer pastels are also trending in the market, mixed with dark and rich colors. The Rayas Rosewater rug from Stacy Garcia Inc., for example, incorporates a dusty coral pink with a light blue. Both colors are part of the pastel palette.

“We pair pastels with these other colors so it doesn’t feel ‘baby’,” says Garcia. “It’s very sophisticated. We’re using a darker rust with black as an accent to ‘enhance’ the look of the palette and the overall feel of the design. It doesn’t feel like it has to go in a baby’s room just because it’s pastel if you anchor it with darker, richer colors.

Home & Object trend watcher Elizabeth Leriche told Houzz that there will continue to be an increase in pastel colors, especially in the mauve to violet spectrum. The violet was all over the booth novelties this year, according to Houzz. It is also used in contrasting palettes alongside pinks and greens.

global room by thomas kuoh
The light patterns are also reminiscent of Thomas Kuoh’s Global Room art.

Structuring as an art

Patterns in products began to recall art, imbued with influences from around the world. According to Carpenter, art is a primary driver of print and pattern, pushing the boundaries of product design.

“I see these great new geometries through the influence of art, and some of them could almost be an Art Deco pattern but recolored and scaled up,” says Carpenter. “There were several amazing graphic designs that came through during my time in Europe that I thought looked fresh and got me excited.”

Simple forms inspired by Brutalism also began to appear in accent pieces like vases and decorative accessories.

“I also see a lot more mobiles, with a sort of Calder-inspired flat shape [an American sculptor]”, says Charpentier. “I also see a lot of Mattise [a French painter] inspiration – large, flat, cut out of paper for designs.

Garcia backs that up, seeing a rise in artisanal technique and global inspiration for home accessories. With global interiors, bright shades are often combined in the home without restraint. Intricate and ornate textiles feature vibrant colors in skillful embroideries and dazzling prints that highlight each other.

“I see beautiful handmade baskets from Africa, beautiful textiles from India, pottery from Mexico,” she says. “I think that’s a starting point where you see some of that craftsmanship. It’s a one-of-a-kind story, and it has great motives.

Sleek checkered patterns in different scales and techniques are also gaining popularity. Whether black and white or used in color, traditional or contemporary, this pattern can infuse chic charm into spaces, “whether crafted or hand-drawn by an artisan, or even in clothing,” says Carpenter. . “I started taking pictures of people on the street in head-to-toe checkered suits, because that’s something we consider a very important motif – I called it ‘off the grid’. ”

Very rigidly cut and repositioned linear structures also surfaced, bringing more life to the lined patterns.

“We’re seeing a lot more brocades, jacquards, and textured fabrics that really call you to touch them and engage with them,” says Carpenter. “These now appear in modern patterns, they are not retro. If it is a retro pattern, it incorporates a modern color combination.

Likewise, Garcia has seen patterns lined in multicolored pillows. “I have a pillow from Morocco that has a nice stripe with all the colors,” she says. “If you place this in your home next to bright, bold artwork, you have even more fun with the color.”

Floral print has also come a long way, offering updated designs on a range of products, from rugs to walls. Depending on how they’re used, floral designs can soften angles and add flair to otherwise bland spaces.

“It’s not going away,” Carpenter says. “Among these we see a novelty in flowers – where we had large flower patterns before, we now see flower stalks and stalks.” In the same vein, the reinvented animal print has come to the fore. In addition to unexpected colours, pet motifs are now available in a range of textiles.

“We’re seeing animal prints in different colors that are bolder, brighter, and fun,” says Carpenter. “Maybe a zebra or tiger stripe, but not in those neutral tones. We see them in two-tone light shades. The same goes for leopard spots. It’s a kind of new animal print.

As for the future of “bright and bold” in home decor, Garcia says a new updated rug collection and a line of pillows are currently in the works, slated to launch in the US market. october. The collections feature bold graphic design with an artisan touch.

“They’re made with a more ‘hand-drawn’ technique, so there are no hard edges,” she says. “But it’s done in this very bold graphic, like black and cream. It wasn’t computer made from the start. They started out as watercolors. These got really good feedback.

Carpenter and Garcia agree that today, “home” is much more than a place to sleep at night. It has become a form of self-expression, much like fashion. Today’s consumers will continue to view their home as a place to showcase their personal style.

“I think people want to see the humanity in the products,” says Garcia. “Consumers are doing it in a more contemporary way now. It’s really about giving a modern, eclectic feel to your home and making it your own.