Thursday, January 25, 2018

Atlanta Market: Trend and Material Direction

Back to Atlanta for the Gift & Home Show to discover the newest in luxury design, gift items and home decor. Here is what we discovered in trend and material direction from this show.

Metal Finishes:
Go for the gold! There was a lot of gold at the show, as a main color choice and also at highlights and edge details. Mixing finishes with gold to create a complex finish. Disk shapes were also a common theme in wall decor pieces.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

High Point Market: Trend and Material Direction

Once again we return to High Point Market to discover what's new in luxury design. This show features furniture trends, finish and materials, products, decor and fashion for your home.  Here is what we discovered in trend and material direction from this years show.

Wood Finishes:
Stained, limed and salvaged timber in light to medium brown tones, as well as grey with a rustic feel continue to monopolize the home decor industry. Warm and cool whites as well as black washes add a more modern update. Heavily distressed wood from years past is almost non-existent. 

Metal Finishes:
Gold, silver and bronze in matte metallic were the most prominent finishes. Rose gold, copper and cool and warm white were still popular finishes in wall decor and furniture. Mixing finishes together to create a piece of art was very common in wall decor pieces. 

Mineral and Marble:
Geodes, Pyrite, Selinite, Onyx, Amethyst, Quartz, Marble and Himalayan Salt Rocks were amongst the man, many crystals, minerals and stones that adorned wall art, table sit-abouts, furniture and lap fixtures. Most material is naturally sources, but some items were sculpted from man-made materials and designed to look natural, such as stalagmites and stalactites that naturally grow in caves. 

Organic and nature inspired shapes, as well as natural materials continue to be a strong trend in all aspects of decor. There is a real focus on artisan pieces and craftsmanship with the materials and the process ensuring that it is a piece of art in itself.

Vintage Glamour:
Intense color, high-gloss finishes, clear lucite wall decor and furniture as well as velvet and burnout fabrics incorporated into vintage inspired furniture was a big trend at this years show. Brass metal finishes accented the colorful array of furniture and wall decor. Mirrors were often added to pieces of furniture to ass an extra pop of interest. Faux fur was included on small pieces providing additional texture. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Las Vegas Market: January 2016

Last week we headed back to the bi-annual Las Vegas Market.  
This market seems to expand every year and never disappoints. 

This season feathers dominated as a new feature icon. 
Feathers were literally everywhere from textiles, to wall decor to prints.

Organic influences continue to be a strong decor trend. 

An array of bronze to gold tones come on strong throughout the show. Vintage golds and ambers, antique, oil rubbed and burnished bronze were all mixed and matched.

Raw, reclaimed and salvaged woods continue to reign. A rainbow of browns, greys and creams lead the color wheel. These are being mixed more often within the same decor piece. 

Lodge and farm animals remain popular and done in more painterly ways, Insects and butterflies were also trending. There was an emphasis on new material to print on such as wood and steel. 

Authentic materials remain key for Lodge decor.
Items such as hair on hide, bark and wood slices remain strong. 

This market showed less coastal than in previous years. The coastal trend was more clean and presented with layering mixed materials with an emphasis on shells. 

Pulling innovation from the art world, large, oversized clocks dominated with lots of mixed media such as mirrors, metal wall art looks and art prints. 

Shadowboxes continue to be a strong decor trend and art application with lots of product innovation.

A newer emerging trend seemed to be full of state pride. State themed art presented strong among many exhibitors. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pantone Announces TWO Colors of the Year for 2016!

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Pantone announces the annual color of the year for 2016. This year for the first time ever there are two colors: Serenity (a soft blue) and Rose Quartz (a blush pink). 

Pantone has selected two soft and airy colors which basically means that we all need to relax. See there detailed explanation here, then come back and tell us what you think about this years color choices and message?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Las Vegas Market: August 2015

For those of you who do not know, the Las Vegas Market is an international home decor showcase featuring thousands of leading manufacturers in the lines of furniture, mirrors, lighting, decorative accents, gift, home textiles, home decor, table top, wall art and much, much more. From this show, four clear design themes reign true. 

COASTAL - This show proved coastal remains a favorite design theme. Iconic images of anchors, starfish, and seashells remain strong. Colors have continues to expand beyond whites, tans and blues to include bold accent colors of reds, coral and teals. Materials help elevate casual coastal living through use of rope and galvanized metals. Ceramic and resin are showing up in the higher end items. This casual lifestyle category blends easily into many homes.

LAKE AND LODGE - Lodge, while still a large category home decor, is not as all encompassing as it was last year. Antlers, twigs, rope, and rustic finishes are still prominent but there is an increase in silver finishes including antlers and animal heads. This muted, rustic pallet plays well with many homes.

FLEA AND FARMERS MARKET - Reclaimed, recycled and vintage with inspiration from farm and country life define this trend in home decor. From farm animals to functional decor, this trends simple colors, raw woods, galvanized metal and mix and match styling play to the casual living home.

AMERICANA - Reclaimed, retro and vintage influences with patriotic tributes, Americana emerges as a strong trend dominated by the use of red, white and blue. Raw barn woods, rustic finishes and mix and match materials play into this country inspired home decor look. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

High Point Market: Key Trends

High Point in North Carolina happens twice a year. In the spring the area bustling with energy. With the warm weather and live music, you couldn't help but be excited about the day and the designs.

We are focusing on three key trends: Coastal, Lodge, and Starbursts and Geometrics.

Coastal is always a strong spring trend and continues to have a large presence. Coastal now transcends iconic images of shells and is acting as an overarching influence in terms of feel, look and materials. Casual living is elevated with the coastal influence of rope, rattan and washed woods. This is a trend that is now broad and can work within any casual living home and not limited to those lucky enough to live on the coasts!

Lodge was another key trend that continues to show strength and longevity. Casual living has been influenced by the materials from the lodge home such as antlers, twigs, bark, rope, burned woods and rust finishes.  This is a broad appeal look that can work in any casual living home.  

A nod to the past with starbursts and geometric shapes is the final key trend in home d├ęcor. Both in gold and silver, mix and match styling adds a touch of retro class to home styling.

It is also necessary to note two emerging trends for 2015, one casual and one more formal. First, white linen and nail heads were seen throughout furniture and home decor items giving a casual lux feel. 

Second, elements of neoclassical influences played off of a white and gold palette for a more formal living trend.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Las Vegas Market: January 2015

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas... Unless you are there for the Las Vegas Market! 
Trends shown at this design show are not to be ignored.

One of our favorites from this past show was the creative use of reclaimed, recycled and vintage decor items with inspiration from farm and country life. From farm animals to functional decor, this trends simple colors, raw woods, galvanized metal and mix and match styling play to the casual living home.

Another important trend that we see again and again is coastal decor. Coastal's use of iconic images of shells, whales and seahorses remain strong. Colors have expanded beyond whites, tans and blues to include bold accents of red, coral, teal and navy. Materials help elevated casual coastal living with use of rope, galvanized metals, washed woods, burlap and some metallic. This casual lifestyle category easily blends into many homes.

Lodge home decor has expanded to make a definite statement in lake house as well. Antlers, twigs, rope, and rustic finishes dominate this category. This muted, rustic pallet plays well with many homes.

Light ups appear across the board in every design style. Wall art gains new interest through use of lights, sentiments add a new level of whimsy through use of LED’s and monograms are reinvented with marquee style lighting.