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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.
  • How well do you see color?

    Last week I blogged about The Dress, that mysterious article of clothing that went viral because an oddly-lit photo of it had some people seeing black and blue and others seeing white and gold. In addition to igniting heated debates across the internet, the dress also sparked a lot of intriguing discussion about how people perceive color. From a design perspective, even the most subtle differences in color perception fascinate me. As it turns out, X-Rite, the parent company of color authority Pantone, has a nifty online test to help you determine your color acuity. The test features four rows ... More

  • Pantone reveals 2016 color trends for interiors

    Pantone View Home + Interiors 2016

    Pantone Color Institute unveiled its annual trend forecast for interiors during this week’s International Home & Housewares Show. More

  • The great dress debate and our perception of color

    Unless you’ve stayed away from the internet for the past several days, odds are you know all about The Dress. You’ve seen it. You’ve weighed in on its mysterious color changing abilities. You might even be sick of it by now. But I for one am still completely fascinated by it, or more specifically, I’m fascinated by the fact that people see the colors in this photo in such drastically different ways. After all, the colorway of a particular home décor product is a conscious choice made by the designer – so what does all this ... More

  • 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

Objet: Fixtures

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Statement-heavy fixtures shine bright. See the photos