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Product, styles & emerging trends

A look at the latest product, styles and emerging trends including color forecasts for the home accents industry.
  • Pantone unveils Fashion Color Report Fall 2015

    Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015

    Pantone Color Institute has revealed its Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015, a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming collections. More

  • Ethan Allen provides furniture, décor for HGTV Dream Home

    Ethan Allen Dream Home 2015

    Ethan Allen is the primary source of furniture and décor for the HGTV Dream Home 2015, marking the ninth consecutive year of partnership between Ethan Allen and HGTV’s signature design showcase. More

  • Home accents vendors make way for Marsala

    In early December, Pantone Color Institute made its always-anticipated Color of the Year announcement, revealing Marsala as its selection for 2015. The choice caught some by surprise – after years of bold, vibrant hues like Tangerine Tango, Emerald and Radiant Orchid, Marsala is an earthier, more muted tone. According to a press release from Pantone, Marsala is “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” that makes for an “elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.” In interiors, the color institute expects Marsala to translate well to accent pieces, accessories, paint ... More

  • Design Today Winter 2014 is here!

    Design Today December 2014

    In the second issue of Design Today, a quarterly B2B digital magazine for interior designers produced by Progressive Business Media, designers, as well as furniture industry retailers and manufacturers, are talking about many of the subjects that impact your business. More

  • Oriental Weavers introducing Pantone Color of the Year area rugs

    Oriental Weavers Marsala

    Oriental Weavers has designs in Pantone’s recently announced 2015 Color of the Year ready to go thanks to an exclusive product development relationship with the color institute. More

  • Pantone reveals 2015 Color of the Year

    Pantone Marsala

    Pantone Color Institute has unveiled its Color of the Year for 2015. More

  • Zillow: Millennials will be biggest home buying group in 2015

    Google “Millennials and housing” and you’ll find a bevy of articles about Gen Y’s reluctance to buy their first homes. At Progressive Business Media’s Future Leadership Conference in September, Andrew Gross, senior vice president of marketing for Serta, gave a presentation that included a chart comparing Millennials with Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation when they were Millennials’ age. Though more Millennials have four-year college degrees than previous generations and the median household income for college grads is higher among 25- to 32-year-olds today, fewer of them own homes than Gen X and Boomers did ... More

  • NRF projects 126 million people to shop Cyber Monday

    According to the National Retail Federation’s Cyber Monday Expectations Survey, 126.9 million (52.3%) shoppers plan to shop online on Cyber Monday, down slightly from the 131.6 million who planned to participate last year. More

  • Personal taste drives decorating decisions for homeowners of all ages

    According to a report by The Boston Consulting Group, Millennials account for $1.3 trillion in direct annual spending. A multitude of drivers influence Millennial spending habits in the home décor sector, but one that I hear about repeatedly is a desire for personalization, the need for something different that reflects one’s own personal taste. In a special report in our March issue about the Millennial consumer, Jason Dorsey, a Gen Y speaker, retail consultant and chief strategy officer at The Center for Generational Kinetics, and Mat Herman, co-owner of e-tailer Apt2B, both emphasized the value Millennials place ... More

  • What makes Millennials tick as consumers, employees

    At July’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, generational relations and leadership expert Lisa Orrell delivered an insightful presentation about how Millennials relate to other generations in the professional world. Orrell is an author, speaker, consultant and leadership coach who works with businesses – including major corporations like Wells Fargo and Johnson & Johnson – to help them understand how to recruit, work with and sell to Millennials. She also offers seminars and workshops for Millennials about professional leadership. Here are some key takeaways from her presentation: Millennials vs. Gen X Much of the current discussion about Millennials centers on how they ... More

  • Trend Ahead: The thrill of the hunt

    Trend Ahead_Chequers

    If it is, indeed, “only the details” of how we live that distinguish us, perhaps those details become no more apparent than in our choice of home décor and design. More

  • Pantone looks ahead to color in Autumn/Winter 15/16

    The slowly turning leaves haven’t quite given way to fall, but Pantone is already looking ahead to autumn 2015 and beyond. Last week I attended a webinar hosted by the renowned color institute, “Engaging with Color in Autumn/Winter 15/16,” that offered a glimpse at the wide array of shades projected to influence fashion, interiors and more a year to 18 months from now. Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone Color Institute, highlighted several key color palettes that appear in the Pantone View Colour Planner Autumn/Winter 2015/2016, as well as other color and pattern trends on ... More

Showcase Ireland 2015: Part 1


At Showcase 2015, home and gift introductions rendered tradition modern. – Tracy Bulla See the photos