As we enter the Spring season, we see the return of color especially in fashion. Textiles are constantly innovating, and so it is essential to select the textiles that are right for the application you are using it for.
With every planned textile application there are questions: what fiber? which yarn construction? what method of manufacture? what finish?
As an Interior Designer, my awareness of these choices will determine the answers and ultimately the suitability of the chosen textile.
One of the more recent factors in consumerism is the necessity to conserve energy. Textiles can provide important thermal insulation, which also benefits the consumer that is environmentally aware, or even just those not interested in throwing money out the window!
The desire for less noise, less glare, less "artificiality" in the built environment, adds points to the choice of textiles, especially for areas traditionally treated with hard-surface finishes. Carpeted areas combat against noise pollution, provide insulation and contribute visually to a feeling of warmth, or coziness/homey feel. Manufacturers want to engineer "hard wear" or "easy care" carpet.
*I like to find out how the company that will install it takes care of the old removed carpets. Do they recycle it? Do they recycle the carpet padding? Encourage this practice by giving your business to those that are responsible environmentally.*
And, as we all know draperies can provide cooling from the sun and even sound insulation.
Textiles for interiors are exhibiting strong fashion trends, and is significant since textiles are relatively easy to change. Which is important for homeowners or commercial clients that want to continually have an up-to-date image. Textiles are easy to handle so this change is feasible, not prohibitively expensive, yet monumental in effect.
Stripes, checks and dots are ancient, common patterns, yet are as effective and popular today as ever and lend themselves to a myriad of interpretations in scale and mood, from subtle to psychedelic. Geometrics, florals, scenic, paisleys, brocades-the range of patterns is limitless.
To primitive people color was an elemental experience, today it is psychologically meaningful (mood, pop culture, etc)
A Rainbow of Symbolism:
BRIGHT RED: passion
DARK GREYED RED: evil
PURE PINK: delicacy, festivity
WARM MEDIUM PINK: innocence, calm
LIGHT ORANGE: intensity
DARK ORANGE: ambition
MEDIUM YELLOW: goodness, wisdom
STRONG LIGHT YELLOW: stimulation
DARK MEDIUM YELLOW: love of humanity
GOLD: luxury, glory, distinction.
YELLOW GREEN: youth, freshness
MEDIUM GREEN: honesty, practicality.
STRONG BLUE GREEN: restlessness, nostalgia
GREYED BLUE GREEN: placidity, repose
DARK GREYED BLUE: kindness, sincerity
LIGHT MEDIUM BLUE: peacefulness
STRONG BLUE-PURPLE: sterness
LIGHT PURPLE: fragility, softness
MEDIUM PURPLE: poise
PART 2 COMING SOON: DESIGN AND BEHAVIOR AND FUNCTIONAL NEEDS.