From the Catwalk to Home Interiors

There has always been a close relationship between global fashion and interior design trends. In this article Bernie shows you how this year’s hottest fabrics, textures and colours seen on the catwalks of London, New York and Paris are appearing in our homes.  

Metallic and Gold

A big fashion trend at the moment is metallic and gold with models sashaying down runways in metallic tops, stilettos and mini-skirts. This edgy and modern material is also showing up in home interiors to create a luxurious Hollywood look and feel, from rugs and sofas to tiles and statement furniture. Bernie recommends grounding metallic and gold with a neutral colour palette, then adding a touch of drama with a pop of colour.

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Colour trend: Blue

Turquoise, royal blue, aqua, cobalt – this year the colour blue is starring in fashion collections and design show rooms. Bernie reveals the use of soft blues in interiors has a calming affect while bright turquoise and cobalt shades breathe life into a room. Take Carrie’s apartment in Sex and the City 2 – it features electric blue walls paired with modern, minimalist white furniture. And if you’re not up for changing your colour scheme you can always add blue with accessories like these wonderful ceramics. Ooh, and don’t you just love this turquoise kitchen splashback!

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The biggest trend at Paris Fashion Week 2013 was striking monochrome looks, particularly the high definition contrast between ebony and ivory which you can see in Alexandra Wang’s Balenciaga collection here. And the juxtaposition of opposites also continues to pack a visual punch in interiors. With this colour scheme you can play with textures and patterns and inject splashes of colour for drama. When done correctly the results are spectacular, says Bernie.

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Botanical prints

Jetting across to New York now, botanical prints were a hit on the catwalk as you can see by this tangerine Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit and muted rug in the same tones. Popular fashion blog, Fab Sugar also featured this bright DKNY floral dress and Bemz Marimekko lounge slipcover, demonstrating the close parallel between fashion and interior trends.  Bernie suggests reupholstering an armchair with a retro botanical print or purchasing a few fun accessories such as a lampshade or throw cushions in bright colours.

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Ethnic influences

Ethnic influences are also starring on the catwalk and in homes. We adored the large ethnic-inspired earring and scarves models donned in Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2013 Show. And Bernie loves the ethnic touches in this eclectic Swedish home, especially the beautiful patterned floor cushion. If you’d like to spice up your living space with ethnic accessories first decide on which ethnicity you’d like to focus on, African, Balinese etc. You can also blend cultures together but it is much trickier – Bernie says getting ethnic décor right is more of a feeling rather than following a set of rules.

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Fur has long been a favourite with the fashion set and it featured heavily in winter 2013 collections in London, New York and Paris. It’s certainly a global trend coming in woolly, furry, patented, glossed and distressed textures. You’ll also find fur in luxe interiors, whether it’s in the form of a throw rug or this gorgeous Mademoiselle Kravitz Chair made of fur and leather. What a lovely purchase this winter.

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Give Bernadette Ferrari a ring on 0417 088 602 or email if you would like expert advice on how to incorporate the latest global interior design trends into your home.

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