You won’t be able to put your finger on exactly what it is at first or even second glance, but you’ll have no doubt that it feels quite new. Is it African or Middle Eastern? Did the Aborigines give rise to that particular look? Or was it the tribes of South America?
It’s OK to be stumped by the next big look for 2016 global-themed décor. That’s how you’ll know you’re on the right track!
Tomorrow’s global designs are fairly non-specific and, therefore, open to interpretation. “That’s perfect,” says Michelle Lamb, international trend forecaster and Editorial Director for The Trend Curve™, “because it allows consumers to let one piece or design represent multiple civilizations or geographies. Consumers want to be connected to all of the world, not just one country or culture.” Michelle also points out that blurring different ethnic elements together allows each person to personalize their global décor.
How can products and assortments take advantage of this hybrid global style? The answers are contained in Michelle’s seminar, Ten Top Trends for 2016™. This program was originally presented for the North American Home Furnishings Association during the High Point furniture market, and it can now be purchased in The Trend Curve's own Trend Store. Here are a few tips:
- Make sure surface designs have a primitive sensibility
- Keep texture up front—and sometimes used unexpectedly
- Explore new piecing techniques
- Add watercolor effects to make geometrics softer
- Use natural materials
- Don’t forget mixed-media combinations
- Ensure a handmade sensibility for everything
All in all, this trend will offer one of the most eclectic directions we’ve seen in years. We can’t help being excited about all of its creative possibilities!