As the world continues to evolve and adapt to post-pandemic life, societal and cultural shifts are impacting multiple facets of life, including how consumers fill their homes. And these changes are informing many trends that are shaping the furnishing space.
At the recent High Point Market, Jaye Mize, Vice President and Creative Director for Home at Fashion Snoops, gave an overview of some of these trends that are not only impacting the homewares industry now, but for the coming years.
One of the biggest trends Mize tackled was the desire to create a sanctuary in the bedroom, where wellness and sustainability converge to create a healthy and comfortable space.
“The wellness conversation in the bedroom now includes sustainability, which actually merges with wellness,” she said. “It’s no longer just about taking care of the planet, it’s also about taking care of yourself.”
This intersection of sustainability and self-care opens up a conversation about textiles used in the bedroom, with a focus on the origin and composition of bedding and other fabrics.
“People really wanted their bedroom to become a haven, and they’re starting to dig deep where their textiles come from,” Mize said. “We find that people are focusing on a healthy environment where they rest their heads. Cleaner textiles are really a big deal – removing all chemicals and dyes.
This sustainable wellness trend is also reflected in curved silhouettes and the integration of natural materials and plants in the bedrooms.
“With sustainability and wellness, people are really turning to nature to take care of themselves, bringing natural elements into the home,” Mize said.
Mize said floratherapy, which derives a sense of well-being from flowers, is a major aspect of this trend, and it is reflected in many ways in the home.
“We’ve been in this quiet environment for a while, and I’m happy to say the flowers are coming back strong,” she said. “We see a lot of pressed plants and dried flora, and the prints on textiles appear as pressed flowers and dyed effects.”
Color-wise, these natural influences show up in all of the house’s palettes, which have warmed significantly from the cool grays of years past to a return to the prominence of brown hues.
“We see a lot of warmth and melting colors coming into the house,” Mize said. “Things that look undyed, colors like husk and wheat and a lot of earth tones, those darker browns, as well as a lot of sun-worn midtones.”
Nature-inspired shades of green – botanical colors like sage green, pastel palm green and burnt olive – are gaining prominence, as are ocean blues and muted lilacs. Mize has also identified a punchy orange – dubbed orange spritz – which is gaining popularity.
“It’s a cheerful hue that translates well into fashion,” she said. “We see a lot of designers using [it] on the sofas.
The influence of fashion also plays a big role in home textiles, but with a more comfortable twist.
“More and more fashion combinations are being pushed into upholstery – more furs, and angora brings natural fibers with elevated style,” Mize said. “Everyone wants a shaggy aesthetic that’s super slubby and super comfortable, like ’90s sweaters for padding.”
Mize said influences from the past have become more prominent in the wake of the pandemic, and that’s reflected in the trends shaping the home space.
“Nostalgia is really important,” she said. “We have been traumatized over the past two years, and nostalgia reassures people. So we see a lot of 70s and 80s prints and colors.”
Inclusiveness in home design has also become a major movement, according to Mize. This can range from things like oversized bath towels to what she calls “decolonizing the home” – a conscious effort not to take motifs and traditions from other cultures without properly crediting them.
Overall, Mize said the desire for serenity and a slower pace will continue to influence how consumers outfit their homes for years to come.
“We want to disconnect – we burn out,” she said.