Robert Allen Design: FIVE TOP Textile TRENDS for 2010!

Below we reveal the top textile trends for 2010 from the experts at Robert Allen. We are also showing you some examples of each trend using the great fabrics from Robert Allen & Beacon Hill. Enjoy!

1) NATURAL - Natural fabrics such as cotton and linens are loved because of their softness and relaxed look. These fabrics can be luxurious even though we think of them as casual. The natural fibers are enhanced with richer colors and greater durability when a polyester blend is added.
Examples:  Damask Linen - A beautiful linen damask with added rayon for durability that is perfect for draperies too. Shown in Bronze Leaf and Watermelon. Eleven beautiful colorways available from Beacon Hill.


2) COLOR  A wider palette of colors that are used together such as blues, grays, creams and whites. Clean and soft colors with a relaxed feel. Also a return to brighter shades such as leaf green or turquoise will all become important hues on textiles.
Examples: Fall Flowers - A 100% cotton fabric shown in Wicker, no other colors available. Shown with a companion trim, Rustica Lattice, a leather look in polyurethane and cotton. Shown in Sepia, also available in Java.


3) NOT SO TRADITIONAL - A more modern spin on the traditional look but with simple patterns. Adding youth to more traditional fabrics with more graphics seems to be a big trend. Luxury fabrics will become more durable in the performance area.
Examples: Willow Breeze - A faux silk embroidered fabric shown on a poly/rayon blend, only $26.00 retail. Shown in Toffee & Jungle. Four colorways available.
Below are luxury fabric examples: Velvet Circle in Plum on 100% silk with a more modern motif. Four colorways available. Sheer Hoops - A silk sheer with modern embroidered graphic. Shown in Spring, also available in Butter.

4) ECO-GREEN - There are entire lines of fabrics now that are eco-friendly in content and the way they are produced. Fabrics with bamboo, organic cottons and recycled materials are attracting more customers.
Examples: Two fabrics made from 100% organic cotton - Park View in Surf, a modern botanical that comes in three colorways. Glockenspiel in Surf, a modern stripe that comes in two colorways.

5) ETHNIC APPEAL  - Ethnic designs have been strong in the fashion world and are now being used on many different levels in the home. They add pattern, color and history to your space. They have been reinterpreted using different fibers with a softer hand suitable for today's homes.
Examples:  A trio of acrylic chenilles with raised patterns in a cotton/viscose blend. These three patterns come in three different colorways for a great coordinated look. Part of the Robert Allen Home collection, a group of fabrics at a more competitive price point. All three are shown in the Burnt Orange colorway. Left to right:  Bjork, Bornholm & Karlsburg.


All fabrics are from Robert Allen and can be purchased through your designer or The Designer Insider.

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