No one can deny the emerging influence of technology on our daily lives. Smartphones, tablets and near universal WiFi are the rule, rather than the exception. And while we’re staying ever more connected with each other, the tech explosion is spilling from the interwebs into our homes with digital design becoming one of today’s hottest interior trends.
“On runways, fashion designers have been showing computer-generated photorealist fabrics. Believe me, we’ll soon be seeing those kinds of fabrics in living rooms,” New York architect and interior designer, Tom Scheerer told House Beautiful magazine in their round-up of 2013 interior design trends.
Indeed, digital prints have already seized the runway, with fashion powerhouses BCBG MaxAzria, Yigal Azrouel and Mary Katranzou dishing out designs with competing graphics and pixillated patterns.
The same emblazoned elements leapt from the style sheets to the decor mags when the latest Hearst Designer Visions showhouse kicked-off. Matthew Smyth nailed the trend with bead and crystal wallpaper covering his Elle Decor apartment (top image). Bordering on trippy, the paper invokes an inspired Moroccan theme.
Not to be outdone, David Rockwell played up patterns with a black and white geometric trim in the bedroom. Balancing the noir boudoir atmosphere, the digital design gives the room a modern pop.
Because it can be both bold and understated, adding a touch of tech to your own home doesn’t have to be an interior design challenge. Wallpaper can do the trick just as easily as a vibrant vintage rug or bold textile. But, if you’re not sure about the digital design trend, try it on for size and sport a classy dress in computer couture instead!