The popular TrendWatch program returns to High Point Market giving attendees an inside look at leading trends in the home furnishings industry through an opening day seminar and three on-site trend displays. This program is held in partnership with industry maven Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media.
Geometric patterns are loosening up in a move that both rewards and challenges the eye. Pop Art and Op Art influences are evident, as is a kinetic, perhaps frenetic, vibe that seems to underscore the pace of everyday life.
Emerging pastels are personable, sophisticated and surprisingly effortless. Muted options mix with brighter hues; meanwhile, gray-cast purples, off-white, and creamy beige line up as companion neutrals. Sweet and innocent? No way … these pastels have plenty o’ punch!
With a salute to 70s-era glamour, yet in a palette that’s all about today, Trendwatch’s Well Suited trend puts texture and color at the fore. Our trend lens focuses in on sumptuous hues such as camel, cashew and ivory, gold accents, and up-market blues that range from smoky Midnight to whispery, atmospheric varieties.
Apparel trends converge in TrendWatch's ON THE GO color showcase, an energetic and upbeat range of PANTONE® hues that includes the forecasting firm's co-colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. It's a casual color palette shaped by the record-breaking rise of Athleisure, the new everywhere wear for grueling workouts, or daily errands and play dates. ON THE GO colors appeal to many—PANTONE calls this a unisex palette that transcends cultural and gender norms—and these high-performance hues, presented as solids or mixed together in pattern, enliven interiors just as well as they put pep in our step.
Gold, silver and bronze will capture mindshare later this year as the Olympic Games play out in Rio. But in home furnishings, top honors for 2016 go to rose gold, copper and cool and warm white finishes. Brushed and matte or polished and glossy, this finish story is both light and airy—almost ethereal and magical—yet is grounded by the familiar. Think alabaster, gypsum, marble. Such combinations are luxurious, not ostentatious, and add visual intrigue in interiors layered with neutrals.
TrendWatch returns to the big city this season with an homage to the urban floor plan and furnishings that fit the tall order of tiny living spaces. Smart-scale, tech-savvy and wellness-oriented, furniture packs urban casual style into petite silhouettes—dining for four, loveseats, writing desks, etc. Style preferences may seem as myriad as Millennials are many. Still, textiles, wall décor and lighting that looks right—both right now and for the seasons ahead—include storied patterns with a Bohemian vibe, graphic patterns, cheerful colorways and upcycled materials.