Spring Trends Recap and Look Forward

Our latest #decortrends chat focused on spring trends – a recap of what is working and a look ahead to what popular home and décor projects are on the horizon.

Image credit: @ncontours

The chat highlighted the popularity of metallic designs, grey and green as rising neutrals, and the need for effective use of smallish spaces.

A mixture of metals and contrasting designs were noted during the chat. @best_flooring shared, “You can’t go wrong with metals, stones, and woods. They are great to contrast texture with other decor in a home.” Added @MrsAJRogers, “What about the new #decortrends of #marbled #wallpaper, #copper and #wood #tile – to name a few!”

Regarding color choices, grey was noted as a new neutral. Greys that are lighter in color exude a warm,  friendly, home environment. “I think you’re right on with greys that have a little more warmth to them!” mentioned @ncontours. According to @jorgensonlocker, “Depends on the shade…lighter colors would prob(ably) work better as a neutral. Bolder colors work better as pops of color.”

Also, green not only stands out, but depending on the shade, it can also be a neutral, too.  As our co-host @tonisabstyle stated, “I love it as a backdrop.” The trend toward natural elements further propels green’s popularity.  As @ncontours shared, “(We see green) more so in living plants, which are everywhere! Maybe spring/ summer will bring more green to décor.”

The challenges designing within a small space vs. large space were also discussed. “Sometimes (it is) more challenging to succeed in designing a small space than a large– making every part & piece count,” mentioned @best_flooring. Adding to this remark, dual duty spaces are especially functional in tight spaces. For more living large in a small space ideas, make sure to visit this blog.

The group discussed former popular ideas from the 70s and how what is old is new again. @jorgensonlocker said, “Trends are seen to be cyclical, so everyone will move on eventually.”

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New, Intuitive Ways to Update Your Home’s Appeal

March is a good month to check-in on 2017 design trends to see what is popular and how new décor ideas maybe taking hold. During our #decortrends chat, participants shared greenery and décor ideas, color inspirations and choices, and the technological evolution within the home.

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Image credit: @Fabuwood

With design, it is often about color. From jewel tones to neutrals, the array of color choices is endless. White, beiges, black, and a new neutral, navy were introduced during the chat as timeless colors. As our co-host @rmd_designs shared, “I recently spec’d a navy blue. It might seem trendy, but didn’t we say that about gray?” @ncontours stated, “White = classic color, but the design & details can determine the overall modern, transitional or traditional.” @dreamwallsglass noted that color is often dictated by the scale and overall design of the room. “Play with scale and bold color.”

The greenery movement not only means recycling and upcycling, but also how to best incorporate green throughout the home. Bringing the outside in also has merit. @Fabuwood mentioned, “I’ve seen some spaces where they have beautiful outdoor showers and kitchens, which is very a very modern spin.” Whether it is outside or inside the home, green can add tranquility as well as a pop of color. @feeney stated, “Green is a lovely color for a railing.” From furnishings to walls, green is an addition that can add vibrancy to a room, such as “dark or hunter green walls,” as @modernaccord noted. @fixituplife highlighted the relaxing effects of adding green to one’s life, “A view of nature in every room is ideal for wellness and lower stress. And natural ventilation.”

With the 24/7 access of Wi-Fi throughout the home and voice-activated assistants, technology is making it easier for people to work from home. Some participants shared that it was still important to have a dedicated work space to store files, organize oneself, and have a separation between work and home life. “With tech, you really can work anywhere in the home, but we’d say having a dedicated space to focus is still really nice!” confessed @ncontours.

While pendant lights are a novel addition, other whimsical and unique lighting options were shared by the group. @jorgenson mentioned that “mason jar lights are kind of intriguing.” Added @modernaccord, “Room layout also impacts the feeling of a room. Opening up walls and widening a space contrasts traditional tighter spaces.”

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Green is the New Black

Heard of the saying that good space is at a premium? Whether you’re looking for a tiny loft in NYC or squeezing into a tight airline seat, everyone is economizing on space to properly “fit” in. Due to escalating fuel costs, environmental considerations, and an increased population, the shift toward doing more with less continues in almost every economic sector. For new home builders, they’re designing multi-functional living spaces while airlines tighten seats in economy class. Consumer goods manufacturers, too, battle the package sizing war. With less packaging real estate, companies have less space to tell the product message.

Packaging houses, protects and promotes the product.

Packaging houses, protects and promotes the product.

Retail shelving space is at a premium, and manufacturers, such as Zircon, look for ways to effectively promote the product’s features and benefits, yet economize on packaging. By reducing the size of clamshell and blister carded materials used for its products, Zircon reduces the amount of discarded packaging that ends up in landfills and optimizes retail space for other Zircon tools.

As products become more compact, yet feature-rich, less materials and resources are endured to produce the product. Zircon tools are designed to be nimble enough for everyday use, yet rugged for the toughest industrial applications. Through consumer feedback and robust environmental testing, each new tool is ergonomically designed and enhanced for superior functionally while also reducing unneeded materials.

Packaging evolution!  Zircon's original StudSensor, circa 1980 vs. the new StudSensor Edge, 2014.

Packaging evolution! Zircon’s original StudSensor, circa 1980 vs. the new StudSensor Edge, 2014.

The packaging reduction aids the environment. Less plastic materials produced mean a decrease in carbon emissions. Companies and individuals alike benefit from reducing emissions and producing a more eco-friendly world. We all can, and should, make a difference.