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...]

Reflections on Ambiente 2014

Alessi’s take on new pinks

Because this year’s Ambiente trade fair was the most successful in over a decade, we wanted to share some of the highlights of it with you! The Trend Curve attends Ambiente every year, without fail. That's because this huge consumer-goods event is often a leading indicator of upcoming surface designs. It also provides a window on the future of … [Read more...]

Toy Fair 2014 Trends

Silver Dolphin's Animal Adventures

There were no dominant licenses on the Toy Fair show floor this year. Brands such as Smithsonian, Duck Commander, and Minecraft were scattered about. Strong properties, like Sofia the First and Star Wars, were spotted at a number of booths. The big toy companies tied in with tentpole films (e.g., Hasbro with the five 2014 Marvel films) and highly … [Read more...]