5 Noteworthy Color + Texture Trends Taking Us Into Summer
Discover what's hot in design, straight from the showroom floor.
Editors' note: Wondering what's new in the world of design? Trend forecaster and HGTV Home design director, Nancy Fire, travels the world to keep her finger on the pulse of what's hot – and she'll be sharing her favorite finds with you all year long! You've seen her kitchen and bath finds; now check out her top textile and color picks.
Attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City is always aspirational because you "meet the makers" who are creating and designing new products for the home. In its 15-year history, this year's show is the largest since its inception with more than 400 brands to shop and some of the best ideas in home design.
I could literally discuss my sightings all day long, but we'll keep it brief. Here are the top five color and textile trends making waves this season.
Savvy Style in Artisan Products
Savvy style in artisan products is the design mantra this year. It seems that most of the furniture companies I spoke with are directed by artisan designers that studied fine art or architecture and have expanded their craft by starting their own one-of-kind companies.
More and more we're seeing the collaboration of materials in home products like this Nola table from WUD Furniture Design featured in black walnut and bronze. Founded by Corey Springer, WUD has been building high-end furniture in Brooklyn since 2002 with attention to superb craftsmanship and artisan detail. Springer’s background as a sculpture reflects the artisan hand in the WUD Furniture Collection, emphasizing organic shape and form.
Poritz & Studio shares their savvy style with this tambour credenza that is entirely handmade in Brooklyn, consisting of walnut, bronze and leather. Poritz & Studio was founded in 2011 by Aaron who pushes material and maker boundaries to continually create and discover new methods of using familiar materials in new and exciting ways. Aaron's background as an architect and ceramicist truly reflect the artisan sensibility in his collection.
Companies like Ovando Design and Plantaria use color and texture in succulents and other outdoor plants, translating organic style into inspiration. We're seeing more companies embrace the softer side of color through transparency and texture.
Pops of Pastel in the Kitchen
Pastels in kitchen appliances, like these Smeg stovetop/ovens, are extremely popular this season, more so than the primary colors we viewed a few months earlier at KBIS. Now that colorful appliances are becoming the focal point of many kitchens, keep in mind that our painted walls might need to be more neutral to balance things out.
Textures + 3-D Design
Since 3-D wall boards have been trending in the home, it looks like the tile industry has caught on with a new launch from Artistic Tile called Fortress. Fortress is a dimensional pattern with serious style that is carved from Carrara marble and sold in 20x24 tiles. These tiles make adding dimension to any room creative and fun.
Tile Bar offers 3-D tiles in many finishes like bronze, white and black, making these tiles versatile for use in any room. Dress up a room by using the metallic finish, or for a more casual experience, try alternating the black and white tiles creating a checkerboard pattern.
Woven Wonders + Printed Patterns
Artisan blue textiles have become a classic in the textile industry because of techniques like shibori, indigo dying, tie-dye and ombre printing.
Dara Artisans is a curated collection featuring handmade products from artisans around the world, reflecting personal stories of the makers and cultures that inspire them. With indigo as an important color in 2016, artisan textiles are an easy and affordable way to update your space with new pillows.
LURU HOME specializes in Chinese indigo textiles for a contemporary way of living. Since artisan design is continuing as a trend, it's nice to see the cultural influence from China in motif and style.