In design, trend lists pop up all the time. The start of the new year, after High Point Market, every change of season, etc. But trends are a funny thing; who are they for? Are there such thing as universal trends or does the design community need to become more specific in designating who the trends are for? Trends for millennials, trends for 30-somethings, trends for 40-somethings?
We ask ourselves this question as the latest batch of trend forecasting dominated January design editorials. We saw calls for extreme bright, bold, graphic and we found ourselves asking, but would we want to live there?
Beth hit the nail on the head when she said she said the pendulum swings and what you want at one point in your life isn’t what you want later on. For her, she’s looking for peace and stillness at home, which is quite contrary to current high-energy trends. Yet nobody would dare say Beth is ever off-trend.
Designers often design rooms imaging how they will look but not necessarily how they will feel. Sometimes, what we see in magazines is designed as an editorial but simply wouldn’t function in real life. Yes it is cool, yes it is fun, but who really wants a room where the eye has nowhere to rest, let alone the body?
With all this in mind, we suggest taking trend reports with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, media is normally geared towards upwardly mobile 20-30 somethings. Keep in mind interior design is about creating a space that speaks to you and finding that connection is so much more important than following what’s current or prescribing to a set of rules.
Though we’ve created a few trend forecasts ourselves this past year at BHD, our newest, most updated trend report is be yourself, find yourself, and cultivate a home that is yours and yours alone. Happy nesting everyone!