Novelties of Heimtextil 2015: Colours set the mood

Colours played a leading role at Heimtextil 2015 in all products groups: this year’s collection colours are bright and cosy. However, the tints of the various shades display greater sophistication than in 2014. Particularly popular at this year’s fair were pale petrol, bright green, flamingo and water blue with honey, copper and coral as warm contrasts.

The more expensive the material, the more the design involved darker background colours in anthracite, midnight blue or mocha brown. The combination of black and white appears frequently, mostly as delicate outline patterning. More and more frequent are designs that involve colours flowing into other tones as they move up through the length of fabric or create a pedestal effect in another colour. The number of colours in which materials and wallpaper are offered is growing. To go with patterned fabrics, the majority of Heimtextil exhibitors offered plain fabrics in almost all relevant shades.

Feathers provide a new and attractive motif on fabrics. Herringbone and houndstooth have developed a whole new charm in new combinations and unusual colours. Baroque motifs are equally subject to new interpretation and are often used simply as decorative edging. Many fabrics appear with delicate or more pronounced deep-grained texture, which lends them a particular charm, both to look at and to touch.

Flowers and blossoms continue to be the favoured motifs for fabric patterns – from informally scattered single blossoms and intertwined foliage motifs to giant individual blossoms the full width of the fabric. Animal motifs were also very much in evidence at Heimtextil, with butterflies more prevalent than anything else. These had appeared in great numbers the previous year. Decorative songbirds sit on sprigs of blossom and parakeets peep from behind palm leaves. Transparent and semi-transparent weaves are frequently matched with decorative fabrics in the same collection, but then again, also appear with their own, independent, impressive and intensely coloured patterning.

Stefan Jakob

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