We recently traveled to AmericasMart in Atlanta for the furniture and décor market and spotted some new and noteworthy trends as well as classic design elements that are likely here to stay.
More Natural Materials
Rattan has been a mainstay in interior design for decades, but it has really ignited in popularity over the last few years. Rattan, caning, wicker and other similar materials are now being showcased on everything from dressers and dining tables to chandeliers, bed frames, baskets and more. It’s the perfect addition to a Southern home and adds warmth in a way that feels casual and unstuffy. Sisal rugs have also been around forever but have recently come back into popularity. We love this material for hard-working spaces as it’s durable and hides stains and wear very well. Clay pots and earthenware were also a major trend in many designer showrooms.
You know how much we love art, so this was an exciting find for us! We met with vendors who are producing paintings that are designed for outdoor spaces. They’re moisture- and mildew-resistant and can withstand the high temperatures and harsh sunlight of a Florida summer. Products for outdoor living continue to improve every year and we can’t wait to add some of these pieces to our client’s homes.
Form Over Function
One thing we noticed was that a lot of furniture, while beautiful to look at, was much less comfortable than it appeared. This is why having a designer who is familiar with a wide variety of manufacturers is so critical. With long lead times, it’s important to know in advance that what you’re ordering will work for your family before it ever arrives on your doorstep. We always prioritize comfort and functionality and know how to track down pieces that offer both while still looking great.
Many furniture manufacturers are devising new ways to customize their pieces without the many-months-long-lead-times of truly custom furnishings. They have created pieces with interchangeable hardware and plating for a custom feel without the wait, and furnishings in a selection of quick-ship colorways. Our theory is that options like this will really increase in popularity in the coming years.
We had a blast at market and can’t wait to implement some of these finds into our client’s homes. If you need help decorating a space in your home, we’d love to help. Contact us.