Stylish accessories for the bath, bed and table – modern technologies for healthy sleeping
Textiles for the bath, bed and table were in slightly more restrained colours this year than they were at last year’s Heimtextil, with lime, grey-blue, coral, grey-green and grey in numerous shades very much en vogue for terry cloth fabrics. The popular multicolour terry cloth textiles with stripe combinations in striking colours are a notable exception to this trend. Some collections include more than 30 colour varieties, with patterned towels generally also available in single-colour varieties in coordinated shades. It is not uncommon for bathroom textiles to also be supplemented by toothbrush holders, soap dishes, little waste bins and shower curtains in suitable colours. Bed covers are being transformed into flowery meadows, as the white background is frequently covered with individual flowers or floral vines, and cushion and duvet covers are decorated with piping.
Bedspreads and plaids are often patterned tone-in-tone or provided as light two-sided spreads in which two tones are subtly combined – such as lilac and ice blue, or strawberry and pale pink. Patterns with a country-house flair continue to be all the rage in table linens, with checked patterns, stripes and floral motifs. Table cloths and sets are almost always available with matching cushions, aprons and oven gloves. Numerous lettered décors can be seen here. Plastic table cloths boast fashionable, large-format designs.
Healthy sleeping through technology
In addition to design innovations, the household textile area also featured a number of technical innovations. Modern technologies can be used, for example, to foster healthy sleeping, promote climate control for textile products and create radiation-free rooms. Anti-static therapeutic mattresses and made-to-measure mattresses with an orthopaedic stretching effect drew a positive response at Heimtextil. In addition, shielding fabrics are in demand in contract furnishing in particular in order to reduce the problem of electrosmog in sleeping areas.