TODAY'S MERCHANDISING MONDAY FEATURE IS:
It is incredibly important for independent retailers and vendors, in our industry, to keep up on interior design trends.
Here is a forecast of hot design trends from Elle Decor that can keep you ahead of the curve!
BLACK STAINLESS STEEL
This is my favorite trend. The black looks modern and fresh! There is a warmth added that you don't get from original stainless steel! Merchandise towards this trend by looking for items with solid matte finishes to accent the black!
FORMAL DINING ROOMS
This is great news! The use of a formal dining space leads the way for new serving pieces, textiles, and drink-ware! Show off a dining display by mixing heavily patterned textiles with solid serving pieces! Use unusual or modern glassware to tie the look together. Also, don't match everything and opt for a "collected over time" look. Use two types of glassware and two patterns of linens!
MIXED MATERIALS IN KITCHENS
We are moving away from the perfectly polished showroom kitchens. Mix your materials and show your customers a "homey" feeling. Mix metal, wood, glass, porcelain, and silicone but keep your colors neutral!