Hey everyone! As Las Vegas Market week comes to an end, I reflect back on the top trends. This Market featured four Spring/Summer 2016 trends that were visible in almost every showroom. There is always a way to work any or all of these into your space. Remember, balance, texture and proportion make up great design. It’s all about adding the right elements to compliment your existing space. Just don’t forget, design is a creative expression of yourself, so relax and have some fun!
1. Rose Quartz, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016
What and who is Pantone, do you ask? Click here to learn more about Pantone. Pantone’s Color of the Year always has a large impact on the upcoming trends and market. This year is the first year where two colors were selected; Rose Quartz and Serenity (PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919). According to Pantone’s website, when joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. No matter the application, these colors offer a sense of calm & relaxation. Click here to view suggested color pairings for Rose Quartz and Serenity.
The soft pink hue was everywhere! From wall art, to paint, to pillows, to flower arrangements. Always paired with neutrals to avoid the “baby girl nursery” vibe, it was a nice warm accent to the cooler tones (gray, purple, blue). To add this color to your space, try adding it in 2-3 places to tie everything together, and balance out the space. To keep it modern, pair it with neutrals such as cream or gray.
For maximum impact, try wall paint, a rug or wall art. For minimal impact, try an accent pillow and a decorative item such as quartz bookends or a flower arrangement.
2. Natural Elements
As the days of dark wall paint and dark furniture are coming to an end, white and light are taking over. White walls, baseboards, floors, cabinets and countertops are taking place of browns and tans. The white has an airy, clean, modern, minimalist energy.
For generations humans love the natural and organic appeal of elements that make them feel calm, at peace and above all welcomed into a space. In recent years the growing awareness of the dwindling of the Earth’s resources have made it even more apparent that bringing nature into our homes is essential as it is a design aesthetic we can’t duplicate.
One of the reasons we love nature so much is our inherent connection to the outdoors and to natural elements that are living or decor that was living such as wood, cotton, leather and seagrass to name a few. Choosing materials that resonate with your personal style is the first step for bringing them into your home. One homeowner may enjoy the rugged nature of natural rock walls in their kitchen – while another may prefer the more sophisticated flair of dark mahogany flooring in their living room. Choose natural elements that incorporate your style and connect you to your interiors. Click here to get inspired.
Houseplants, wood elements, and woven materials are a great way to add natural elements to your space. Some woven examples are fibrous fabrics such as seagrass, jute, cotton, etc. Other ideas are shells, stone, concrete, floral/grasses, brick, or even wall art images of any of these elements. Think water, wind, earth, and fire. And I’m not talking about the band!
3. Southwestern / Tribal
As the geometric trend of Greek Keys and Islamic geometry (especially with rugs) are becoming over-saturated in the market, southwestern patterns are taking their place. While still geometric in nature, it’s a more earthy, bohemian pattern. The Southwestern style packs a whole lot of history into one single interior design genre. The iconic look of the "Wild West" manages to meld together elements from multiple cultures and periods of history, but it's translatable to modern homes in our day. These tribal patterns originate from Spanish, Native American and American influences. For a modern twist, pair these loud graphical patterns with white and light (see above). To introduce the southwestern vibe into your space, start with neutral colors. Then accent with earthy colors and textures, and finally add pops of tribal patterns. For a big statement, tribal rugs make quite the impact. For minimal tribal accent, choose a rug in neutral shades that borders between geometric pattern and tribal. Pillows are also another fabulous way to softly introduce a trend. Easily changed, they can be recovered whenever you decide to change the energy of your space. Green plants in terracotta pots are another quick and easy addition to any space.
The last two trends, Natural Elements and Southwestern Tribal, have an inviting, warm energy. Mainly because of their soft, warm hues (reds, browns, oranges, yellows). As with any great design, balance is essential. To offset the soft, adding an accent of hard (and often shiny) metal to a space could be the perfect recipe for a modern space. There are various types of metallics. To achieve a more casual ambiance, lean more toward the industrial, dark charcoal metals. Paired with brick, this is a perfect recipe for the “warehouse loft.” For more glamour, choose a silver or gold (preferably shiny) metal. A gold side-table, or a silver and glass coffee table can balance out the space well. Rose gold is another great option; marrying the Rose Quartz trend with the metallics trend.
Have specific questions about incorporating one of these trends into a space? See an item and want to purchase or know where it’s from? Feel free to reach out to me! Or check out our interior design Pinterest page to see several examples of these trends. Good luck and design on!