Vendors from all around the world and country showcasing what's new and exciting in the worlds of handmade, jewelry, baby items, gifts, garden accessories and, of course, home design. I hit the show, camera in hand, to check out what the hot design trends are. Here's my prediction of what you'll be seeing a lot of this fall.
Tribal patterns like suzanis and ikats have been ultra-popular these past few years in the design world. These funky tribal fabrics made more than one appearance at the gift show, proving it's a trend that is here to stay, at least for a while longer. The pattern adorned adorable pillows at the Barreveld booth, was splashed across the eco-friendly outdoor mats at Mad Mats, and upholstered on a beautiful Louis XVI chair at Manglam Arts and on ottomans at Patrick Charles. They add a touch of global glamour to any foyer or living room -- simply irresistible.
Muted, softer tones are proving to be this fall's new neutrals. In place of the grays and taupes that have been ever-present the past few years, soft pinks, greens, blues and yellows are making an appearance. Not quite pastel, these white-washed shades add a subtle level of softness and femininity that their less colorful counterparts couldn't. These hues popped up on vintage-inspired and worn-in furniture at booths including Bramble, where pale green wooden chairs mixed with a washed-out blue demi-lune table. Over at the Mr.Brown booth, traditionally bold patterns like houndstooth were reinvented in much softer hues. At the booth of Connecticut-based Oomph, lacquered mirrors, tables and bar carts were displayed in two contrasting vignettes: the pretty pales and the bold and the beautiful, another up-and-coming color trend.
Bold and the beautiful
Although the popularity of pale color schemes was undeniable, bright jewel-tones showed up in other booths besides Oomph. Booth after booth popped with lime green, magenta and turquoise. At Legend of Asia, a favorite of mine, lacquered blue pottery in ancient Eastern shapes mixed and mingled with classic blue-and-white china. At Carson & Co., the most adorable hot-pink side table was bedazzled with silver-studded flowers, making for a chic little console.
Although many other colors and patterns made an appearance, these were the trends that stood out bold and proud. With beautiful jewel-toned colors, pale color schemes, or ikat patterns, there was something for everyone.
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