As the world continues to evolve and adapt to post-pandemic life, societal and cultural shifts impact multiple facets of life, including how consumers fill their homes. And those shifts inform many of the trends shaping the home furnishings space.
At the recent High Point Market, Jaye Mize, VP and creative director for home at trend forecaster Fashion Snoops, gave insight into some of those trends not only impacting the home goods industry now, but for years to come.
One of the biggest trends Mize touched on was the desire to create a sanctuary in the bedroom, where wellness and sustainability converge to create a healthy, comfortable space.
“The bedroom wellness conversation now includes sustainability, which is actually merging with wellness,” she said. “It’s no longer a conversation of just taking care of the planet, it’s self-care, too.”
“People really wanted their bedroom to become a haven, and they’re starting to dig deep into where their textiles are coming from,” Mize said. “We’re seeing a move toward people focusing on having a healthy environment where they lay their head. Cleaner textiles are really a big deal—taking out all the chemicals and dyes.”
This sustainable wellness trend also is reflected in curved silhouettes and incorporating natural materials and plants in rooms.
“With sustainability and wellness, people are really turning to nature to take care of themselves, bringing natural elements back into the home,” Mize said.
Mize said floratherapy—deriving a sense of wellness from flowers—is a major aspect of this trend, and it’s reflected in a number of ways in the home.
“We’ve been in this muted environment for a while, and I’m happy to say flowers are coming back in a big way,” she said. “We’re seeing a lot of pressed botanicals and dried flora, and prints on textiles show up as pressed flowers and dyed effects.”
Color-wise, those natural influences appear throughout the palettes in the home, which have warmed significantly from the cool grays of years past to a return to the prominence of brown hues.
“We’re seeing a lot of warmth and grounding colors coming into the home,” Mize said. “Things that look un-dyed, colors like husk and wheat and a lot of soil hues, these darker browns, as well as a lot of sun-worn mid-tones.”
Nature-inspired shades of green—botanical colors like sage green, pastel palm green, and burnt olive—grow in importance, as do oceanic blues and muted lilacs. Mize also identified a punchy orange—dubbed spritz orange—that is growing in popularity.
“It’s a happy hue that translates from fashion well,” she said. “We’re seeing a lot of designers using [it] on sofas.”
The influence of fashion plays heavily into textiles for the home, too, but with a cozier slant.
“More fashion combinations are being pushed in upholstery—more furs, and angora brings natural fiber in with elevated style,” Mize said. “Everybody wants high pile, high slub, super cozy aesthetics, like ’90s sweater renditions for upholstery.”
Mize said influences from the past have become more important in the wake of the pandemic, and that’s reflected in the trends shaping the home space.
“Nostalgia is really important,” she said. “We’ve been traumatized the past two years, and nostalgia makes people feel safe. So we’re seeing a lot of ‘70s and ‘80s prints and color.”
Inclusivity in home design has become a major movement, too, according to Mize. That can range from things like plus-size bath towels to what she dubs the “decolonization of home”—a conscious effort to not take motifs and traditions of other cultures without properly crediting them.
Overall, Mize said the desire for serenity and a slower pace will continue to influence how consumers outfit their homes for years to come.
“We want to disconnect—we’re getting burned out,” she said.