Formality, fringes, lots of freshness and no more mauve


January 01, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

Much of the interior design and home furnishings industry depends on trends. What do the experts see ahead for us in 1995? Here are some predictions:

* Michelle Lamb, trend consultant and editor of the Trend Curve: "Watch for the creeping forward motion of formality, witnessed by the interest in Biedermeier and neoclassical and refined, luxurious fabrics. There are hints of more chintz and the return of flat, less textured fabrics."

* Marian McEvoy, editor-in-chief, Elle Decor: "People will be going fresh, no matter what the furniture style. Unclutter it. We'll be opening up the windows and letting the white curtains blow in. Home as a haven of peace and freshness."

* Elaine Logan, Logan Grant Inc., president of the Maryland chapter, ASID: "We're going to see the end of mauve tones, and an upswing in yellow and sunshine colors. The sensitivity to ecological concerns is going to continue, along with the interest in recycled and natural materials."

* Laurie Glassner, Louis Mazor Inc.: "Lots of variety, lots of styles. Silver washes will be taking the place of gold. Fabrics will continue to be luscious, like chenille. Diamond harlequin prints will be big."

* Robert Hale, Hale-Williams Interior Design: "Down-home and comfy. People want things that are elegant but comfortable. Everyone's into soothing, everyone's had enough jazz and pizazz."

* Joe Bowers, Rita St. Clair Associates: "The availability of good-looking, well-designed children's furniture. More wall coverings and fabrics designed for children's rooms. There's been a real lack in the past."

* Gary Lawrick, Lawrick G. Interiors: "California all-white rooms with punches of color. Continuing jewel tones but a lot more green -- yellow-based rather than blue-based. More use of fringe and tassels."

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