Scandinavian designs prioritize function and affordability over luxury. Notably marked by pale colors, natural materials and lean, leggy furniture, this aesthetic was largely a response to the region’s short days and long winters, which called for bright, practical interiors. Today, Scandinavian design is a favorite among minimalists who tout its influence on the mid-century modern movement, While there’s a great deal of overlap between Scandinavian and mid-century modern design, the biggest differences can be found in the lighting and color palette. Mid-century modern interiors tend to explore darker hues and work just fine in low light, whereas Scandinavian interiors aim to maximize lightness in a room.
This is not the delicate velvet of decades past. Think bold and durable. Velvet is cropping up in commercial spaces in an array of unique applications; acoustical wall tiles, space dividing draperies, and elegant upholstery. You'll see variations of bold, vibrant emerald, amethyst and indigo blue hues as consumers are starting to hunger for color once again.
Brass is back, providing a retro-seventies feeling to spaces for an on trend look. Brass is a perfect compliment to the desaturated hues and dark tones popular in interior design today. It also pairs well with the most popular of solid surface materials like marble, concrete, and raw wood. Use these three features when incorporating the brass trend in your space for a polished look. 1. Go for natural and clean surfaces, like white marble. 2. Throw in some industrial accents. 3. Add in brass for a little bit glamour.
It's been an ever evolving design concept since the 1950s and in the past decade received more backlash than praise. Google introduced the open concept with more pizzazz than ever before seen. But now, office workers are looking for something a bit more in between; fun and functional, with a feeling reminiscent of home. We do our best to be flexible so our work space should too.
Pantone's Color of the Year does a remarkable job of predicting the upcoming trends in design. 2016's color duo Rose Quartz and Serenity are still making a statement, appearing more widely throughout commercial spaces like restaurants, hotels, and offices.