Organic fabric in heavy, spruced up prints with tarnished, pallid shades define the fabric this year, says Sonam Gupta.


Textiles are the creative centre for every designer, product, trend and home. While it is important to mingle different materials for new combinations, experiments can make or break the creative blueprint. Over the years, a lot of effort has been made to create fashion fabrics that remain eternal. That results in a constant flow of improved fabric.


Textiles are a prerequisite for a variety of home furnishing products like curtains, cushions, cushion covers, table cloths, upholstery, duvets, bed covers, rugs and runners, napkins, towels and other products. Here are five trends to keep an eye on.


1. Trend of Textured, Cotton Yarns

In 2016, special emphasis was on textured fabric. The mere touch of textured textile like Egyptian cotton muslin fabric, cotton linen, cotton silk and cotton modal add grace and dimension to a room. Fabric wall art and interlaced poufs have dominated home decor elements. The feel of the fabric is rich, raw, cosy and skin-friendly while the look is elegant, diverged and earthy. The blend of cotton and silk has been advantageous in the home textile sector considering its rich look and low maintenance requirements. Egyptian cotton and cotton linen are breezy materials, light weight and do not cling. As they appear more crisp than some other fabric, it is easier to portray certain designs on the material. Bedding made out of Egyptian cotton has been fairly popular because of its versatility as a graceful, organic and particularly comfortable fabric.


From curtains and pillows to wall hangings and throws, linen is a boon and will remain in the market for some time.


2. Swirls of blue and purple

Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz, a beautiful, light pink shade and Pantone 15-3919 Serenity, a gorgeous shade of light blue and purple have been recognised as the colours of 2016. These stunning shades are the limelight for the home decor segment and have been proficiently incorporated in home decor textiles. These are tranquil, pastel hues that reflect the soft pink dusk over an azure ocean. The delicate tones add panache to the homely setting and tactfully bring out a soothing vibe.


In 2016, home decor textiles generously used these pastel hues and advantageously coupled them with varied accent shades to create multihued patterns. The soft undertones create a cheerful, gentle vibe with a hint of sophistication. Abundantly used in mottled colour schemes, these tints look refined in a framed art decor or in soft furnishings like cushions and rugs with muted sofas or elaborate curtains with add-ons of sheer fabric.