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Home Textiles Trends to Watch

At the recent Interwoven home textiles market in High Point, N.C., fabric designers and trend watchers gave attendees a peek into the future of interiors. From hot colors to pattern and texture shifts, these tastemakers offered a glimpse at what’s next. And according to the experts, these four trends are poised to influence home furnishings and decor for the next few years.

Complex Colors

Single-tone colors are taking a backseat to richer, multidimensional hues. Neutrals can trend warm or cool, with hints of everything from blue and green to yellow and pink.

“These colors have a little bit of something else going on with them,” said Debbye Lustig, vice president of design, Nassimi. “We’ve done neutrals where you get one on the yellow side and one on the blue side, but things aren’t as easily identified with one word. And so you’ve got a slightly bluish gray or greenish gray, you’ve got your warm somewhere halfway between brown and gray.”

Lustig said this trend incorporates complementary shades to create colors with more dimension, often with a saturated finish for maximum effect.

“We’re adding a lot of colors that take two or more words to describe,” she said. “You have the greenish gray, you have this bluish green. And we went a little more saturated, and took it to the next level so it’s got a little more going on.”

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Natural Selections

Throughout showrooms at Interwoven, both colors and patterns leaned heavily toward nature-inspired themes, from sophisticated botanicals to colorful florals to whimsical animal prints.

“We’ve been through this pandemic and people just want to connect more with nature,” said Grainne Coogan, designer/style manager at Glen Raven, parent company of Sunbrella. “You’re bringing it into your house, whether it be with your houseplants or materials, and you’re getting out in it because you can’t stand being in your house anymore. People are asking, ‘How can I calm myself?’ And being in nature is calming and centering, and people want to see that in the fabrics in their home, too.”

And that natural influence goes beyond patterns and motifs. Verdant shades of green, with everything from soft sage to rich olive coming into favor, bring hints of nature into the home.

“The amount of green and nature inspiration that everyone is craving plays into the indoor-outdoor conversation of wanting to bring all areas of the home into a more natural, calming, sustainable perspective,” said Jaye Anna Mize, vice president of creative at Fashion Snoops. “This is why we’re seeing so much green.”

Tactile Texture

Perhaps a holdover from the Hygge craze, fueled by our need for comfort in the wake of the pandemic, texture was a major focus for textile designers this season. Be it chunky knits, nubby novelty weaves or even natural linens, texture makes it possible to add both visual and tactile interest to a space in a way that feels more accessible to consumers than bright colors or bold patterns.

“In our mind, texture has replaced what pattern used to do,” Lustig said. Nassimi added a range of new textures, including velvets, this season.

At Sunbrella, that texture comes in the form of everything from chunky weaves to embroidery-like looks and even visual texture achieved using multiple yarn colors in one fabric.

“Texture is just so important texture in every way, whether it be through color or through the yarns,” Coogan said.

New Neutrals

As the home color palette has warmed from the cool grays that ruled a few years back to warmer browns, the range of neutrals has shifted, as well.

“The camel, rust and terracotta story is leading the warming up of our neutrals,” Coogan said. “And we’ve had a crisp white for a while, which is still relevant, but we’re warming up to those ecrus and parchment.”

Nature also plays an important role in the evolution of the neutral palette.

“We also felt a neutral we needed to represent was that mushroom taupe-y color,” Coogan said. “It’s a bridge between cool neutrals and warm neutrals.”

That natural influence also brings shades of green into the neutral palette. Coogan said Sunbrella’s new sage fabrics pair nicely with the warmer neutrals to allow layering that doesn’t feel over the top.

“People are really drawn to those warm neutrals and our sage green because it is a little more neutral,” she said.

And sage isn’t the only green staking its claim to neutral status—deeper hues such as forest are also taking their place in the neutral palette going forward.

“Darker greens are a new neutral—they’re a new navy,” Mize said. “And that’s interesting to see because greens are also tied to heritage and tradition. Green is here to stay.”