Fashion is not only about clothes and shoes anymore. Trends in the fashion industry have a direct impact on interior design all around the world.

A favorite dress fabric can become a favorite curtain or cushion cover, and the same effect happens with colours.

Some designers say this trend is a throwback to the past.

“In the 18th century, fashion fabrics and decorative fabrics were very similar,” said Patrick Lelievre, director of internationally recognized Parisian textile house Lelievre, which has successfully partnered with Rochas, Kenzo and most recently Jean-Paul Gaultier in a fusion of both fields.

“Working with fashion companies helps us to develop products that are not in our range, like a new challenge.”

Sandra Huybers, interior designer and founder of Brisbane’s Soho Interiors, a company that incorporates in its designs creative colours and themes from all around the world with a strong ‘New York’ Soho influence, is bringing New York style straight from Haute Couture runways to Australian interior design.

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Inspired by her recent visit to New York City, Huybers said cobalt blue is the reigning trend for this season. The colour has been labelled the “new black” and inspired by top international designers and firms such as Christian Lacroix and Designers Guilds.

“Home owners are becoming more and more interested in staying on-trend and ensuring their living spaces are as up-to-date as their wardrobes. This includes the current cobalt blue obsession that’s gripped New York and also seen throughout the world’s leading fabric houses in North America and Europe,” Huybers said.

In her own showroom located in Ascot, near Brisbane, Huybers provides a sneak peek of the latest designs in cobalt blue, a colour she describes as bold and bright, capable of turning any interior in a vibrant and fresh space, bringing warmth during the cooler season.

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“The latest cobalt blue designs are amazingly decorative, drawing upon patterns of Moorish, Mediterranean and elegant French origins. With the right combination of colors, the winter season’s striking designs are suitable for any room in the home,” she said.

However, radical changes are not always necessary to remain trendy. Huybers advises her clients who want to make small interior design changes in their homes using cobalt blue to simply introduce new fabrics, for example, in cushion covers, fabric lampshades or wallpapers.

By Mercedes Martty