Small patterns but not small checks
Delicate patterns are now the order of the day, when it comes to trends in bed linen. Particularly in demand are inter-linked and woven effects ranging from mélange, herringbone and faux uni to sumptuous damask. Colour-change yarns ensure visual depth. Another major area of interest is digital printing. With well-defined contrasts and brilliant colours decorating a satin background, this has come to play a major (fashionable) role as regards bed linen.
Natural-looking roses (Bierbaum), aquarelle stripes in sequenced colour, exotic animals and a fabulous profusion of blossom (Fleuresse) stand out as eye-catchers in the bedroom. Reverse sides in plain fabric set off the prints. Often, we see warm autumn colours, ranging from orange to rust, with reds that can even shift into blues and then appear in rosé, raspberry and other berry tones, combined with grey, silver, platinum and taupe.
Also in vogue are blue shadings, from turquoise to petrol with interlinked and woven mélange effects (Wülfing). Fashion brands such as Desigual are passing their fashion DNA to the interior furnishings sector too.
Throws, blankets and plaids are enjoying huge popularity and have firmly established themselves as trend accessories in the home. But: the trade is ordering these items on a shorter and shorter term basis and this means that suppliers are forced into “just-in-time” manufacturing or into extending their storage capacity. Long-term production planning is becoming more and more difficult. The industry is watching the development of research in terms of additional functionalities with some excitement: ‘built-in’ electronics and communications media, additional sources of heat and special sensors could open whole new perspectives, says Barbara Sprinzl from Eagle. “But that is still some way in the future.”
A blend of vintage and natural looks radiate natural charm. Blankets and throws with knitted and woven visual textures, moulinés, ombrés and checks give the impression of being hand-worked one-offs. Colours are muted and delicately nuanced with sand, natural, grey, mud and moss, darkening to anthracite and black. Turquoise and lime are used to create accents (Eagle, Biederlack). Ornamentation and paisleys provide decoration, with precious-stone colours such as topaz, amethyst and sapphire together with ethnic patterns, which strike a very modern, urbane note, presented, as they are, in reductionist and stylised form (Biederlack). Light, delicate pastels such as rosé, ice blue, citron and silver are subject to some very mature interpretations with white fringes, 3-D textures or casual stripes and are strengthened for the spring to become fruity sorbet colours, ranging from vanilla to mint and even lavender (Eagle).