[Kari Rasmus - Designingwomen2]
Story and Photography by Kari Rasmus, Designingwomen2
This year’s Las Vegas market once again inspired us to push the envelope in design. Featuring over 4,000 furniture and décor lines, it's smaller than the North Carolina market, but it highlights the latest styles in a big way. While the North Carolina market offers more in traditional design, the west coast influence in Las Vegas is evident around every corner. The décor is edgier, more creative and organic. It is often just the ticket for those looking to replace just a few pieces or perhaps furnish an entire home.
[ Vegas Market Recap from Designingwomen2 ]
It’s a Gold Rush!
A year ago, gold was primarily seen in a muted champagne gold, but this year, it's every shade and sheen imaginable. It's on furniture, lighting, hardware and décor; so it's safe to say that gold is the hot metal of 2019.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
You may have noticed mirrors throughout all of the pictures. Small, large, framed, floating, antiqued...everywhere you looked there were mirrors. One vendor told us that over 50 percent of new décor is being purchased in the form of mirrors.
Black is …well…the new Black
Black was used in a number of settings with gold for a high-contrast, west coast glam look. The effect was an in-your-face, "Look at me, I’m hot!” design.
The other black applications were more subdued, yet still high contrast, with whites and creams; this was used in both tribal and contemporary farmhouse looks.
Bye-bye Oak and pallet board. Hello Walnut and bleached wood!
The use of walnut was found on many case goods. Much of it had an updated Mid-Century Modern sensibility.
The second, most frequently featured wood was bleached. It was shown in both lake/coastal settings and uptown modern.
The most used fabric on ready-made sofas and chairs was velvet. It was used on tufted traditional and sleek-lined modern furniture. It was paired with cabin, urban loft and beachfront themes. Much of it is also true performance wear, which means it can be very durable.
Magic Carpet Rides
Whether looking for easy to clean polypropylene or the enduring luxury of wool, the new rugs were showing texture and/or color. One collection, Rifle Paper Co. from Loloi rugs, was a throw-back to traditional floral and bird motifs with lots of color.
The texture in these featured rugs run bohemian, but more subdued designs were also prevalent.
Outdoor Living Rooms
Sunroom? Family Room? Nope…this is the look of today’s outdoor furniture! It should come as no surprise that a furniture market in a warmer climate would feature great outdoor furniture. With every vendor, our question was, "How does it stand up to wind?".
At both the high-end and mid-level price points, we saw a lot of woven designs that were hefty enough to stay put on a typical Fargo day.
So long, traditional coffee table.
Instead of the typical, larger coffee table, everyone was displaying small round tables or footstools in front of sofas and sectionals. The configurations were endless!
Market Designs that Dominated:
Contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, Tribal/Bohemian…sometimes all in one room.
Market Designs Refined:
Full-on Industrial and Urban Farm House are still noteworthy for 2019, but at the Las Vegas market, these styles were leaning toward a more refined Industrial.
Trends... To Follow or Unfriend?
As always, do what speaks to you. Just because something is trending, does not mean it is what you should feature in your home. Let your sensibilities and personality lead your choices. Think of it this way; no matter how popular, I should just NOT wear low rise jeans…or beige…or coral lipstick…or spiked heels. Why? Because the style does not fit my body or personality. Authenticity is refreshing in both a person and in interior design.
Find the Trend
How many trends can you spot in this room?
If you are looking for help incorporating some of these trends into your home, give us a call at Designingwomen2. Watch for changes as we'll soon transfer to a full-time design studio in an all-new space!
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