Trading Spaces’ Kia eyes textiles line
Michele SanFilippo -- Home Textiles Today, June 14, 2004
New York — Trading Spaces personality Kia Steave-Dickerson, who has set trends for two seasons on the hit TLC show with her eclectic interior designs, now wants to start her own home textiles line of bedding, bath, rugs, etc. with the help of a licensing partner.
For 10 years, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science graduate has owned K.I.A. Enterprises Inc., an interior design and construction firm based in Philadelphia that builds props and decorates sets for films, music videos and commercials. Now entering her third season on Trading Spaces, Steave-Dickerson said she feels honored to be part of the television show that sparked a remodeling and redecorating revolution.
"We rode the wave from when no one was watching to seeing the show explode more recently," Steave-Dickerson told HTT. "We have Trading Spaces to thank for pushing the envelope and encouraging people to move away from the norm. And people love what we’re doing — teaching them how to do it themselves."
Steave-Dickerson, whose design sensibility has been described as bold, creative and global, predicts the following trends. She sees the home fashion world using a lot of metals, acrylics, various types of glass and embossed leather, ramping up its use of clean lines and downplaying clutter. Color blocking and faux paint finishes will be huge in her opinion, as will simple borders with splashes of paint.
According to Steave-Dickerson, cultural themes such as Indian, Moroccan and South Pacific — as well as spa looks and even Vastau (the East Indian philosophy of harmonizing your space) — are becoming important in design. She said some of these popular themes provide a great way to add color that is less intimidating.
"You can be in Austin, Texas, or in New York City and people still have reservations about what we are doing," she described, saying the show’s designers have to be extremely creative given their $1,000 remodeling budget.
"I think people will start to release the white (walls and everything else), even though they are afraid of color and expressing themselves," Steave-Dickerson described. She said pinks, chocolate browns, greens, oranges and metallic colors like silver, copper, bronze and gold will play an important role in home textiles.
"The faux leather and fur trend will also be around for a long time to come because it is attractive, fun and very cost-effective," Steave-Dickerson added. "Everyone wants to feel like they’re living in opulence in their home, even if they are not."
Steave-Dickerson added that the show also has a big following with viewers in the nine- to 13-year-old age category, so as it moves forward, this audience will automatically be immersed in color, fashion and design. "We’re helping to shift the way people think about their interiors, and as that continues to grow, I think people will evolve in the way they view design. It’s almost like relearning how to live," she said.
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