This may surprise you, but the fashion forward aren’t the only people who monitor the trends and styles that designers send down the runway. Economists and realtors like me also look to cool hunters in the fashion world to forecast consumer consciousness and behaviour. Of course, fashion and real estate don't have a direct cause-and-effect relationship, but what’s in style can be an excellent barometer for trends in home decor.
And let's face it, if you're style conscious you know showcasing the latest trends and colours of fashion in your home decor is a great way to get tongues wagging at your cocktail party.
This Spring/Summer 2013 season is all about statement prints and bold colors, shiny fabrics, leather and layering. There are no simple ensembles, which forecasts we're heading into home decors that push the envelope in mix 'n match.
Consider introducing some bright colour textiles, or even colour blocking, in your swell dwell. Be fresh by taking cues from the Burberry collection above and Ferragamo below:
Want to break the rules? Be bold and introduce quirky patterns and prints, as showcased below by Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and Hermes:
(and look out for cute men wearing rings of flowers in their hair - or strutting with their shirts off!)
If you lean to conservative, you can always incorporate stripes as a way to freshen up your traditional decor (from L to R: Ferragamo, Canali, Costume National Homme)!
Of if you want to bring back the uber-popular Laura Ashley trend of the 1980s but incorporate a twist, consider going with florals on steroids (From L to R: Dirm Dikkenberg, Bottega Veneta, Canali)!
In our 2011 Fall Forecast, urbaneer.com used fashion trends to predict the trending behaviour of Toronto Buyers. And we believe they're ringing true including: that Torontonians will buy (and move) less frequently but ultimately spend more; they'll increasingly eschew the ubiquitous BigBox Store fixtures for custom and designer fittings and; they'll opt for less space providing it's finished to a higher quality. Want to read a forecast which remains as interesting and relevant now as when we published it almost two years ago? Simply click HERE for the post!
And, in case you missed it, click HERE for our Spring Summer 2011 Forecast which showcases how our FREE Style Enhancement Service is a great way to make your home more saleable without the additional cost of hiring a stager!
We're soon posting our nitty gritty on the Toronto Housing Market with our Spring/Summer 2013 Real Estate Forecast. Look for it ok?
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