• Tracy Bulla

The Cool Factor

Luxe, natural designs heat up the season

Harp & FinialFaux fur upholstery invites luxe lounging on Harp & Finial’s Henry chair, featuring a walnut-finished wood frame. A-352
Despite the current soaring temps here in Las Vegas, this season’s most directional designs give a nod to the not-so-far-off cooler days of fall and winter with a warming trend. Look to natural elements and refined offerings to heat up the scene with enveloping, cocooning luxury.

Soft, intensely tactile materials blanket the market – in the form of decadent furs and velvets joined by silken cottons and wools – with a serene aesthetic extending to throws and pillows, upholstered furniture, lighting and rugs. Buttery suedes and leathers round out the selection of natural fibers this season.

Oversized chunky loops make for a fun, incredibly cozy soft goods story this season, particularly in pure cotton or wool. Genuine stones, whether of the humble garden variety or the more elevated types such as marble, continue the organic story with contemporary style.

A mix of warm, almost molten metals (think brass, bronze, copper) adds the requisite touch of sophistication to interiors, perfectly complementing a rich palette of amber, spiced oranges, merlot and an unexpected dark navy. While the market is awash in a sea of gray, rich chocolate browns make a welcome return. Finally, understated shades of purple prove directional with eloquence and aplomb.

Other key themes include singularly distinct tribal designs, inspired by traditional African textiles and accents as well as art-inspired offerings referencing the Cubism period and other early modern art movements.

Dimond LightingDimond Lighting’s Atmospheric Circulation lamp emits a warmly burnished glow with a crisp Cubist form. A-344

  • Chain Gang Reimagining the chain in lighting, accents and more adds jewelry-like touches to the home
  • Living Green The movement of bringing the outdoors inside continues full steam ahead
  • Tribal Revival Dramatically bold designs exude modernist flair this season
  • Groove Thing Macrame, crochet and other bohemian offerings pay homage to the era of the hippie chick
  • Stone Age Natural stone continues to be a favorite for home accents, putting the spotlight on the pattern
  • Velvet Underground Look to this luxurious fabric to provide a cocooning effect in soft goods, furniture and more
  • Purple Haze The regal hue returns to lend understated elegance to interiors
  • Shimmering Hot Swoon-worthy metallic finishes create warmth in brass, bronze, copper and deep gold
  • Studio Art Cubist and abstract-inspired imagery enervate contemporary design
  • Ceramic Chic Of-the-moment ceramic offerings reflect artisanal, hand-crafted appeal
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Tracy BullaTracy Bulla | Product Editor

Native North Carolinian Tracy Bulla has been Home Accents Today's product editor since 2002. As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, Tracy's first foray into reporting involved covering the financial markets. This short-lived enterprise resulted in no great loss to the world of finance when it became apparent that the reporter could not balance her own checkbook. Tracy then followed her lifelong passion for fashion into the glamorous world of design where she is continuously in thrall to the lure of beautiful, well-designed objects of desire. Lo, Tracy's pampered Pekingese, shares her appreciation for exquisite style by choosing to only chew up the most expensively embellished Italian shoes.

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