Interior Design Meets Runway

Trends affect both the runway and interior design. Bold colours used on the runway often make their way into interiors and, in a similar way, trends in architecture and interior design often find their way onto the runway. So let’s take a look at just some of the trends that have been embraced across runway and interior design.

Black and White


Black and white has a strong graphic power that inspires both runway fashion and interior design. Martyn Lawrence Bullard recently combined his fashion sense with interior design in a collection of wall coverings created for Schumacher. On the Schumacher blog he says:

“Black and white is on every runway right now. It is the strongest colour palette in fashion. So why not bring it into the home as well? […] It really freshens the entire collection. And that to me is what it’s all about. It’s about freshening up your life with fun wallpaper.”

In Oscar de la Renta’s Spring Collection he has used black and white to create striking lines, patterns and impressive contrasts. Gucci and Chanel are also known for creating impressive garments using black and white.

Art Deco


The Great Gatsby-esque style has become quite a trend in both runway and interior design fashions. This style was particularly prevalent on the runways in 2012 with Ralph Lauren and Gucci bringing the Art Deco trend into their womenswear collections. The beautiful and interesting patterns of Art Deco were also picked up by contemporary interior designers and architects. From chairs, to wallpapers, to curtains, the grandeur of art deco has been embraced by many a home.

Bold Colours


Bold colours have been constantly fluttering on and off the runway over the years with designers such as Oscar de la Renta using rich cobalt and teals while Gucci and Saint Laurent Paris embrace head-to-toe colour. Bold colours have also been a favourite in brightening up homes; whether it is a few cushions placed around the room giving a splash of colour or larger items such as curtains, rugs, lounges or arm chairs.

Floral Patterns


Floral patterns is another favourite often used by fashion designers, particularly in Spring. 2013’s Spring trends saw a range of floral patterns used by designers such as Luisa Beccaria, Moschino, Naeem Khan and Pierre Balmain to name just a few. Floral designs are also making a comeback in interior design this year after being popular in the ‘90s. Floral designs work nicely when coupled with plain colours and can give a room a homely touch. In both fashion and interiors these patterns range from delicate and detailed to bold with blocked in colour.


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