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2nd June 2023 | Read time: 4 minutes

Fashion and Interior Design: How the Runway Inspires Our Choices.

Fashion and Interior Design: How the Runway Inspires Our Choices.

It’s amazing how fashion designers and architects manage to take inspiration from everything around us and incorporate it into their creative designs. Fashion trends often make it onto the runway, and this has a trickle-down effect that ripples throughout product design, including interior design. From colours to textures and prints, fashion inspires the latest interior design trends.

Fashion and interior designers have a keen interest in having a pulse on current and emerging trends. These trends often go hand in hand as fashion designers and architects take inspiration to channel their creative designs. In fashion design, Pantone colour forecasts are crucial in making runway collections. On the other hand, interior designers take the Pantone colour forecasts to make choices about paint colours, textile prints, and upholstery.

Let’s explore a couple of examples based on previous years’ Pantone Colours of the Year:

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546, 2019)

In 2019, Pantone’s Colour of the Year was Living Coral. This vibrant and energetic shade inspired fashion designers to incorporate it into their collections. Runways saw coral-coloured dresses, tops, and accessories, allowing the colour to evoke a sense of playfulness and optimism. Similarly, interior designers utilised Living Coral in home decor by incorporating coral accent pieces, pillows, or wall art to add a lively touch to living spaces.

Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052, 2020)

In 2020, Pantone chose Classic Blue as the Colour of the Year. This timeless and calming shade influenced the fashion industry by inspiring designers to create garments in various shades of blue. Classic Blue appeared in evening gowns, suits, and accessories, reflecting a sense of tranquillity and elegance. For interior design, this hue was incorporated into home decor elements like accent walls, bedding, and upholstery, promoting a serene and contemplative atmosphere.

Viva Magenta (Pantone 18-1750, 2023)

When it comes to interior design, Viva Magenta can infuse spaces with a sense of dynamism and joy. From accent walls to furniture and accessories, this captivating colour adds an element of excitement and daring to any room. Whether used sparingly to create focal points or employed more liberally to establish an overall theme, Viva Magenta has the power to transform interiors into lively and spirited environments.

Viva Magenta

Velvet: Another fashion trend that has made its way to interior design is the use of velvet. Velvet has become a go-to material for fashion designers thanks to its luxurious, smooth texture that can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. For instance, crushed velvet featured heavily in designer collections a few seasons ago. This trend also gained traction in interior design, with velvet being seen on everything from sofas to bed-spreads. When considering an office fit out or office refurbishment, incorporating velvet elements can bring a sophisticated and stylish touch to the workspace.


Office Interior Velvet

Animal Prints: A clear illustration of collaboration between fashion and interior design is the use of animal prints. Animal prints transformation began in fashion and picked up a few years ago in interior design. Designers have incorporated unconventional animal prints such as Cheetah and Leopard to sofas, bedding, and cushions. Cowhide prints are also prevalent in interior design ranging from rugs, and even wall art. Incorporating animal prints into an office space, or an office fit out can create a bold and trendy aesthetic, adding visual interest and personality to the workplace.

Animal Prints

Sustainability in design: For a few seasons, we’ve seen an increasing interest in fashion and office fit out clients to incorporate sustainability and environment-friendly fabrics in their designs. This trend has also translated into interior design. Designers are using environment-friendly fabric options like seagrass, raffia, and more to make throw pillows, accent chairs, walls and more. For example, in the recent past, designers have moved away from customary synthetic fabric to incorporate cork to create eco-friendly flooring.

You can read more about recycled materials here. All of these recycled ideas elevate the office space and will impress your clients and employees, making it a unique office space to work from.

Fashion and interior design intersect and inspire each other, borrowing ideas, materials, and colours. Fashion designers and architects have a way of creating spectacular collections that ultimately translate into interior design trends.

With this trend, we can look forward to more beautiful designs, textures, and colours being brought into our homes and offices. By understanding fashion trends and how they can impact interior design, you can be sure to keep up with the changing tastes and create a space that is both stylish and on-trend.