Scrolling through my Instagram feed recently, I took in image after image of avant-garde fashion from this year’s Met Gala. The theme was “America” – and in true American style, no two looks were the same, from Billie Eilish’s peach Oscar de la Renta gown to Naomi Osaka’s Vuitton graphic jacquard dress-and-cape combo.
I’ve always felt that home design is so connected to the world of fashion. After working in retail and clothing for 10 years, I found myself decorating a room in the same way I would approach building an outfit. Both interiors and fashion provide an outlet for creative expression for myself and my clients.
Design drives design
In a digital world, styles from the runway spark interior design shifts faster than ever before. Home interior choices such as patterns, colors and fabrics reflect what we see on the runways of fashion’s biggest names. Fashion designers have started to create their own interior lines in partnership with architects and interior designers, and it shows in their own homes; Giorgio Armani’s New York penthouse is relaxed, casual and comfortable, just like the unstructured tailoring and elegant simplicity in his pared-down fashion designs.
A few years ago, we saw velvet throughout the fashion world. While this fabric has been used in interiors for many years to create a sense of opulence, the rise of minimalist and Scandinavian styles put velvet on pause. According to style expert Mariana Keros, the return of velvet to interiors signifies a shift toward creating cozier spaces, with our homes acting as a respite.
Keros also points out the crossover trend in metallics of burnished brass and golds appearing in both fashion and interiors. Brass and gold in lighting, faucets, knobs, and side and coffee tables nods to the same sense of coziness.
Fashion designers are increasingly inspired by organically sourced fabrics, clean designs and sustainable production – a (hopefully) lasting trend that has influenced the world of interiors, too. There are more options now than ever before for sustainably and ethically sourced furniture and accessories in both timeless and trendy styles.
Trends become classics
It may seem easier and less expensive to change an outfit than to change a room, but when it comes to trying interior trends inspired by the world of high fashion, accessories are everything. In the homes I design, I try to mostly avoid anything that feels like it is “just” a trend and instead mirror the homeowners’ personal style. I often suggest that my clients try a trend as an accessory first; if they’re drawn to florals, trying this pattern on a throw pillow is less of a commitment than wallpapering an entire room or buying a statement sofa. If you love those once-trending accessories for a while, you may decide to invest for years to come.
In a friend’s home, I recently spotted a gorgeous caned chair in rich wood and tufted mustard velvet. When I asked her about it, she shared that the chair came from her great-grandmother’s house. I was unsurprised, knowing that her engagement ring came from her now-husband’s great-aunt and their home is full of heirloom pieces with family significance. But the chair could just as easily have been spotted in a trendy design catalog, as velvet and mid-century styles continue to be popular. Her home decor is a clear reflection of her personal style, and manages to be both current and classic.
Let your style shine
Browsing your closet will reveal whether you are more drawn to geometric lines or if you prefer softer curves, along with whether you prefer color or neutrals. You can apply your sense of style to your home to find your signature aesthetic.
An interior designer can help you define your style and make decisions about when to integrate new trends into your space.
In fashion, I’ve always been drawn to timeless looks, like a white blouse with jeans. Like in the interiors I design, it’s all about how you accessorize, play with proportion and style the look to show your personality. Start with foundational elements and build on that.
I approach a room in the same way, asking my clients to pretend the room is an outfit and asking how they would accessorize it. A simple formula works for any room: Mix classic foundations with different elements of texture, weight and color.
Embrace the seasons
Much like getting dressed in the fall is all about layering, texture and warm tones, adding these elements to your home for autumn – and beyond – makes any space feel like a cozy retreat. Adding a little bit of linen, leather or wool to your space automatically makes it more inviting. I find that my clients increasingly want an organic feel, with natural textures throughout the space.
Like in fashion, in interiors today, anything goes: The rules are looser and the styles are less formal. My designs are more relaxed and comfortable – just like my post-pandemic wardrobe.
Celeste Randolph is an interior designer in Los Altos. For more information, visit celesterandolphdesigns.com.