There’s still time to shop thousands of new lines today, the final day. The Home and Lifestyle collections will remain open at the Javits Convention Center through 2 p.m.
During two excellent seminars, industry experts identified key consumer trends in color and styles for the home. Here’s a quick recap, with photos from the show floor to help you see the hues, patterns and influences highlighted as emerging for 2014 and beyond.
- Tom Mirabile, contributing editor for Pantone View and senior vice president, Global Trend & Design for Lifetime Brands.
- Tori Mellott, senior design and market editor at Traditional Home.
- Sabina Jahic of Sherwin-Williams.
- Colors with softer, warmer and calming spirit are emerging including cream, latte colors (also called cosmetic colors), warmer grays, rose pink and other aged-looking pastels, orchid and indigo blues. Metallics are also dynamic and feature gilded items, bronze, rust and copper colors. Patterns are positive/negative: Think lace with a strong light-and-dark contrast.
- “The language of luxury is mixed materials,” Mirabile says. For example, mercury glass with wood.
- Wings, angels, diaphanous fabrics, shadows and clouds for the home, where we seek peace.
- “Divine Womanhood”: images of women whose beauty evokes both strength and femininity.
- Restoration: objects that look like they’ve been “collected over the course of years,” aged, distressed surfaces.
- Neoclassical influence: busts, Corinthian columns, Greek key patterns.
- Marriage of science and art in objects: molecules, vintage medicine, and curiosities that push boundaries of quirkiness.
- Geology has also become influential: geodes, agates and fossils.
- In men’s gifts, references to Industrial Revolution are big, specifically everyday objects (footed tubs, old fans, household tools) rather than factory equipment.
- Heritage is revered. Look for objects that let families showcase a special heirloom or keepsake. The glass-topped, cloche display container is back.
- Witness the comeback of pop culture inspired by the art of Lichtenstein and Warhol. These dot and pixilated graphics/comic books are big. For the young, it’s fresh. Saw it first-time around? Now it’s nostalgic.
- Spectrum color-blocking in accessories and furnishings: It was inspired by the protected designs of the artist Mondrian, and reinvented in new tones. Rainbows also are hot.
- Large-scale graphics with statement-making power make a room feel modern.
- “Keepsake Garden”: Victorian florals, cabbage roses.
- Pale, weathered wood. Accessories made of wire, including bird cages (with and without birds).
- The “Downton Abbey” look moves into the Jazz Age.