Linking Up

Barry Dixon for Arteriors

Apparel expert and Editorial Correspondent Carole D’Arconte called out chain links as a look to track from the runways a few months ago. Lately, chain links have also started cropping up in home-accessory categories, appearing in surface designs and as actual chains. Whether the look is delicate and jewelry-inspired or hardware-store chunky, … [Read more...]

Greenbuild: The Whole Package


Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It is a forum for industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals, who are dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. This year's show brought together most of the major elements in verifiable residential sustainability in a way that has not … [Read more...]

Digital Décor

Bone Chillers by AtmosFEAR fx

It stands to reason that Halloween would be the first holiday to offer a platform for digital décor. That's because it’s the kind of holiday that requires an overall atmospheric transformation of living and entertaining spaces to haunted, eerie and even terrorizing themes. In fact, “digital” decorating has long been generated by such Halloween … [Read more...]

Not-So-Heavy Metal


Metal demonstrated some interesting tendencies at the summer gift shows, and most of them were lightweight. Although heavy iron looks are trending in furniture and lighting as Italian and Spanish looks continue to emerge, they were not yet on the scene at the gift markets. Most important: chicken wire. It was shown in colored, rusted and … [Read more...]

Spools Get a Trend Update

Galt Sitting Rabbit

Spools enjoyed the spotlight for several seasons, compliments of the Vintage Industrial trend, and now they are post-peak. This is especially true for the metal versions that appeared to have been salvaged from a turn-of-the-last-century textiles factory. But Galt, showing at DMC's June Holiday & Home Expo (next edition will be January 14-20, … [Read more...]

Halloween: The Second Largest Décor Spending Holiday


The Trend Curve was the first—and is still the ONLY—trend agency to create a color-and-trend forecast just for the Halloween and fall season. Because Halloween is the second largest décor-buying holiday all year, this product has been a bestseller for us since we published the first version of Haute Halloween and Fall™ five years ago. Since … [Read more...]

Licensing International Expo 2014

International Licensing Expo 2014

The Licensing International Expo is the world’s largest and most-influential entertainment, brand and art-licensing industry event. This year’s show, which took place in Las Vegas, June 17-19, 2014, attracted 15, 702 licensing professional attendees (up 5% from last year) and 482 exhibiting companies. Some of the trends noted at the 2014 edition of … [Read more...]

Keeping Burlap Relevant

Established Plus New at Galt

At the Dallas Market Center's Holiday & Home Expo, makers like Galt International confirmed that burlap is in decline for seasonal products. Nevertheless, there were many clever and interesting burlap products at the show. Here are a few items that gave burlap a refresh in Dallas (and a gallery of images below): Galt's songbirds brought this … [Read more...]

The 3 P’s of ‘Tis The Season™ 2015-16

'Tis The Season™ 2015-2016

When it comes to Christmas décor, consumers have confirmed—with their attention and their dollars— that they want new choices every year. For 2016 (or 2015 if you create specialty and high-end assortments), The Trend Curve™ has created 11 original trends and 32 carefully chosen colors to help you give them exactly what they want! Some of our … [Read more...]

Color 2015 Forecast: Be Absolutely Certain


Do you perform a Google search to find out what's trendy and hot in color for home décor, paint, textiles and more? Poke around Pinterest, or follow tweets? Look to apparel for what they are doing and hope it will translate to your needs? Or do you find a trusted source with nearly 30 years of experience with color forecasting and a track-record … [Read more...]