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Reconnect – Heimtextil 2011/2012 Trend Report

Hey Friends,

Heimtextil is an imperative event for Designers. It provides us with essential details on how to put together a collection for the upcoming season. As you must have read in my previous blog posts on Reconnect directions for 2011/2012, Sobriety, Mix Mash, Utility and Wilderness are the four trends that will command our attention throughout 2011.

Colors always play a noteworthy role in defining trends. 2011 will see a whole lot of fantastic color schemes, all full of vigor and substance.  All four trends showcase timeless colors in a new way, combined with deep-rooted culture, tradition, significance and need related aspects.

Sobriety is going to be one of the most important trends to follow because it supports our desire for gravity of ideas, simplicity, sustenance of some classic products and emotions. It features herringbone patterns, knits, heavy woven fabrics, brush stroke prints in colors full with energy. With the focus on classicism, Sobriety takes an opposing stance to a fashion-focused, seasonal acceptance of trends, which were too often experienced to the disadvantage of sustainability.

Mix Mash trend blends colors, patterns and manufacturing techniques from past eras in an electrifying way. It is a perfect reinterpretation of historic aesthetic values in an artistic way. This explains the use of contrasting textures, either coarse or handmade, printed crochet fabrics, embroidery and lace to depict ethnic influences. The idea is to create naïve style statements in bright orange, red, green, blue and purple.

Utility envisages the making of utilitarian products. Key concepts are sailcloth, jute and recycling. It indicates us to use simple functional products and materials with high practical value.

Wilderness is an extreme version of sustainability, showcasing handicrafts, natural colors and irregular structures. The point is to search for deep rootedness in our natural surroundings.


Patterns and Textures for Décor

Hey Everyone!

Most of the times we look for a change in the place we live in and do not know how to bring that about.  Sometimes we have too many colors or styles which create a kind of unwanted clutter. The idea is to create a beautiful décor and bring in harmony in each room for that soothing comfort. Here are a few tips.

Firstly, identify a theme of the entire décor to something common in each room of your house. You could choose anything, from contemporary to traditional. All you need to consider is that having a modern look in one room and an absolute contrast of traditional in another room would be too loud a difference. The common string could as well be a concept. Once you decide on what exactly is the kind of look you require, it will get easy for you to move ahead in decorating your place.

Secondly, incorporate an assortment of materials in each room to craft out remarkable textures and patterns. This will bring in an amusing element in your décor. Not all materials have to be totally different from each other. They may either have a look or a finish in common to balance out. This would even give you enough space and ideas to place products in the right nook and corners of each room.

Thirdly, the materials that you use may create either a striking or a complementary combination in your entire space. You may make use of a common color, style or feature in that case. This will underline the link between the décor of all rooms.

Fourthly, do not over clutter. You may have a lot of alluring products to display but when too many are there, our eyes don’t stop at that one beautiful element that you create in the room for everyone to appreciate.

Last but not the least, have an enticing fusion of materials and textures for an appealing and fascinating ambience and match the ceiling décor with the elements on the floor for a distinct charm.

Hope you find these tips useful in transforming your space.


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