arenít mincing words when it comes to one of the fastest growing
trends in interiors these days. Letters, numbers, phrases and symbols
are everywhere, from the floor on up. Upholstered furniture like
chairs and ottomans as well as accessory pieces like pillows, rugs and
even coasters are showing up in homes all around town. While you donít
want to overdo it, adding a typographically inspired piece is an
unexpected way to add pizzazz to a room.
seen street names and garden quotes in script as patterns on these
types of fabrics," notes Jim Jung, an interior designer at
Brookfieldís Boston Store Furniture Gallery and Design Studio.
"Whatís exciting is they look just as good on a formal French
chair as a more casual slipper chair. Although the calligraphy is
usually printed on fabrics made of natural fibers, like linen, these
types of upholstered pieces arenít defined by a particular style.
You can go traditional or more relaxed."
spaces, lettering and numbers are used in more random, brightly
colored patterns," notes Amy Carman of Amy Carman Design in
Wauwatosa. "There are some great area rugs and printed pillows at
retailers like CB2 and West Elm. It seems this trend reflects the way
we communicate today, via e-mail and texts with acronyms and
shorthand." Carman also recognizes the traditional roots in this
more contemporary style of fabric. "Calligraphy and quotations on
furniture and accessories actually have a very vintage feel. The
writing evokes a place or era, often with a French or English flavor.
It looks like an old postcard from abroad."
Jeanne Bonk, a
sales associate at Calico Corners in Brookfield, says the trend is
really taking off with her customers. "We are just starting to
stock these types of fabrics and they are selling fast. Writing seems
to be popular. Weíve even got fabric with an old French postage
stamp on it. Itís perfect for pillows or even a cool chair, ottoman
or other accent piece." Bonk says transitional interiors are
especially suited for these types of fabrics. "They come in a lot
of neutral colors, in shades of gray, taupe and black, which you see a
lot of in transitional style homes."
of look is all over the marketplace, especially in cutting-edge stores
and shelter magazines," says Greg Bonk, Calicoís owner.
"These fabrics are great for small furnishings or accessories,
but donít necessarily work on big furniture. Texture is also really
important. Printed letters and numbers on unusual fabrics like burlap,
duck cloth, linen and heavy, thick wovens are really hot right
Schaufelberger, design department manager at Steinkellner Decorating
Center in Wauwatosa, is just starting to see the trend emerge in
wallcoverings. "Like most trends in interiors, they start on the
runways. Colors and patterns in home fashion come from fashion
design." Schaufelberger says though the popularity of wall
writing that was so prevalent a few years ago seems to be waning,
removable type on walls has replaced it. Pop on a letter, number or
word and take it off when you tire of it. m