Fashion trends in design

The trends for colour, product style and themes in interior design is a regular await for those renovating their home

Image from: Oakeve Interior Architect Design Practice, winner of the KBB Design category in SBID Awards 2017

Years ago, the Fashion and Interior Design industry collaborated along with product manufacturers to create annual forecasts of colours, fashions and trends. The development of mass-manufacturing and the advent of fast fashion meant it grew light years ahead of interiors, with multiple trends being turned over at a given time and so it was eventually removed from the process. Now with an industry tweak, the trends for colour, product style and themes in interior design is a regular await for those renovating their home. It no longer informs on colour only, but also covers shape.

Like all fashions trends, which can range from a mini skirt to knee length to floor length, the kitchen has gone from freestanding, to fitted, from square boxes to curvaceous doors and from fitted around the walls of the room to fitted in the middle of the room. In fact, the room has been removed altogether in many cases. Looking at the size of London’s new builds for modern occupancy, it has definitely gone full circle once more. We are back to living in small spaces which are densely populated.

Designers have stopped installing ‘show-off’ pieces to sell a glossy lifestyle interior – they have started to design minimalist, relaxed, grown-up spaces which are open plan and cosy; a far cry from the days of the millennium, where ‘bling’ was the obvious choice to impress friends and neighbours. In fact, in London we tend not to speak to our neighbours in the same way that we might once have done. I know people that travel in the same lift of a building at the same time, five mornings a week and regularly see the same people waiting, but no one will ever speak.

We tend to socialise in small doses of public space and breakfast is now a popular meeting time and lifestyle. When designing a residential interior, a space dedicated to a breakfast area will not need to be a ‘show-off’ space but will probably add more value to an occupier than a formal eating space. Trends have changed along with the food we eat and the way we eat it, so next time you go out for breakfast in London don’t be surprised to see the full English replaced with poached eggs, smashed avocado and a special bread!

When renovating a London property to sell, keep fresh, clean and comfortable in your mind as the criteria for an unknown occupant to put their own personality on it. Spend the money on the kitchen and the bathroom, and also remember to adopt an efficient insulation system to save extra energy.

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, SBID President