What used to be called “delayed gratification” by the American middle-class has been swept aside these days by the urge to sprinkle more gratification, sooner into our day-to-day lives. This is not surprising with so many delays being dictated to us now: delayed college graduation, delayed home ownership, and delayed retirement, just to name a few. Known as “delay discounting”, this is a preference for little immediate rewards over bigger, deferred ones. And, in many ways, it’s a reprisal of the “seize the day” philosophy.
Making the most of the present has been a long-standing practice in Europe, where joie de vivre is built into such practices as long suppers with extended family and midday teatime and siestas. In economies where material gratifications are slower in coming, stealing a little time away from the workday grind becomes its own reward, and fewer, but more precious gifts and accessories are more likely to become centerpieces and topics of conversation at these household gatherings.
Perhaps this shift helps to account for the growing desire to build more luxury into day-to-day décor. But since consumers are no longer willing to set aside parts of their home for visitors or special occasions, rooms with luxurious appointments are used everyday—thus the name of our 2016 trend: Everyday Luxe. It is one of 11 trends, supported by 38 trend-right hues, in The Trend Curve Colors™ 2016.
This theme brings tasteful and elegant-looking textiles to the forefront. Satiny accents and Lurex® outlines that can handle day-to-day wear take the place of precious fabrics. Woven cotton blends and refined chenilles make even the most opulent-looking furnishings durable.
Acrylics, used sparingly, signature this style. On-trend wall mirrors or mirrored accessories add a touch of dressiness to a room. Gold metals and metallics return. And time-honored shapes like diamonds and honeycombs convey a more-relaxed attitude about luxury. A little extravagance is so very nice, in fact, that enjoying it every day is making more and more sense to American consumers!
To learn more about all our upcoming color and design trends, see The Trend Curve Colors™ 2016.