Today I’ll be talking about a topic that greatly interests me, and that I thought would be appropriate seeing as Fashion Week FW2020 is currently ongoing.
Fashion and interior design have always been intertwined, but even more so now that fast fashion is such a mainstay in our daily lives—or, at least, in our wardrobes. Aside from established fashion designers dabbling in homeware, fast fashion giants like H&M, Zara, and even Marks & Spencer have released their own homeware lines, to mixed reviews. Nevertheless, the link between fashion and interior design is growing stronger, and I, for one, am all for it!
Since fashion is a way for people to express themselves through their clothing, why should your home decoration choices be any different? Obviously, I’m not going to dress my table in the latest haute couture, but it wouldn’t hurt to get some influence from the runways to keep my looks current, right?
Speaking of keeping things current, have you heard of Pantone? Yes, that Pantone, the company that releases a Color of the Year for every year since 2000. Pantone dictates color trends based on the hues that are gaining popularity, whether it’s from the runways, social media, or even interior design. 2020’s color is Classic Blue, which means that we’ll be seeing a lot more of that in tableware in the coming months.
Aside from the Color of the Year, did you know that Pantone also releases a Home + Interiors guide to provide color inspiration for your home? It features a color palette that tries to encapsulate the atmosphere of the coming year, instead of just one definitive color. It makes sense, since homeware trends tend to move a lot slower than the ones in fashion—after all, most of us regular folk can’t afford to redecorate our houses every few seasons.
All the same, the colors and shapes on the runways have been dictating homeware trends for a few decades now, and it’s especially obvious in easy-to-buy pieces like tableware. Crate and Barrel has an awesome feature on their site that shows you all the latest color trends, which makes it so easy to find the trendiest tableware available.
But more than fashion trends influencing homeware trends through the trickle down effect, more and more often I’ve seen quite the opposite. Because of the internet (and real time information sharing), inspiration for both fashion and homeware designers is just a click away. This means that instead of the few months it took for fashion trends to drip down to consumers, now different manufacturers can find inspiration at the same time their fashion counterparts do, leading to an exchange and sharing of the same inspirational sources.
So since I’ve mentioned that it’s a bit impractical to redecorate your house every season (or even buy a whole new set of tableware every month or so), where’s the line between keeping your tablescapes fresh and preventing it from looking dated in a few years’ time?
Personally, just like with my wardrobe, I buy a few key pieces every season. This not only keeps my inner shopaholic happy, but also allows my tablescapes to dabble in the current trends. To prevent anything from looking dated however, I make sure that I have a strong base of neutrals to ground my tables season after season. This means a lot of plain white tableware, and all the “boring” stuff that everyone and their mother should have stored away (hey, maybe I should write an article about the tablescaping basics everyone should own).
Do you have any thoughts on this? Or do you just not care about tableware trends at all? This definitely seems like a topic that I don’t see enough in the tablescaping world, since looking through my Instagram I’m not seeing one definitive trend in tableware, but rather various trends in tablescaping styles. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!