Our pick of the Top Ten at TISE 2016

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Here is a look at the products that caught our eye this year at TISE 2016. From hard wood flooring to tile, as well as carpet and rugs, we’ve put together a snap shot of the most on-trend products from across the show, many of which were featured on our Trend Tour.

1. Milliken & Company

Milliken are one of those companies that as Trend Forecasters we really love, because like us they are passionate about design trends and they look far and wide for inspiration. Their approach to carpet design is innovative within the industry because it seems there is a genuine desire to create flooring that will answer people’s needs and desires in style terms and they aren’t afraid to break a few rules along the way.

Our favorite product was Cloud Bank which is inspired by the paintings of English artist William Turner.

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2. Onyx Tile Distribution

‘Tile by Onyx’ exhibited innovative designs and mixes of materials with unusual and brave use of pattern. Our favorite style in particular were the tiles that replicate a worn and distressed effect against intricate patterning (photo 2nd down).

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3. Quick-Step

Quick-Step manufacture innovative laminate floors utilizing their technological developments that make their product incredibly stable, durable and realistic in terms of both graphic design and texture. From their vast range of products on their huge booth we zoned-in on their NEW Tuxedo Pine Planks, part of their Envique collection. This product is a contemporary take on the traditional Shou Sugi Ban technique, basically charred wood. The crackled, charred effect is crisp and detailed and varied, there are areas of small scale crackled detail and then more open areas of deep wood grain texture. The color is a soft black that has a very natural, inviting tone rather than a harsh, cold tone.

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4. Hereford Imports

Hereford Imports specialize in importing Tibetan and Indo-Tibetan hand-knotted, hand-loomed, hand-tufted and even hand–stitched custom rugs. The Lana Textiles collection is made from 100% felted wool and includes fantastic oversized, super-chunky knitted looks.

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5. IVC US

IVC US specialize in Luxury Vinyl Sheet and Luxury Vinyl Planks & Tile. They are the fastest growing Resilient Flooring company in the world (and they’ve got a super-cute dog as a mascot!). This patterned digitally printed Vinyl flooring fits perfectly with our Belo Rio Trend; a trend inspired by the hand-crafted style, reclaimed materials and spirited scenes of Rio’s street life.

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6. Eleganza Tile

Eleganza Tile is a leading brand of ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles. Urban Concrete is a NEW pre-cast concrete tile collection consisting of 2D shapes and 3D tiles. They have a fantastic sculptural quality that will introduce texture into room schemes and deliver unique visual and tactile interest. The individual tiles have a lot of natural variation and random shading, which is characteristic of concrete tiles.

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Slimtech Type 32 is also one of our favorite products from the show – it brings modernity and personalization to the parquet flooring look. The idea is based around 2 overlapping layers – 1st the reproduction of a wood plank, and 2nd a graphic stain pattern look.

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7. Karastan

We fell in love with Karastan’s Antelope carpet design (a tip from one of the Designer Day delegates on our Trend Tour 😉 thank you!). From the graceful plains where the antelope graze to the fierce jungle where the leopard prowls, Karastan’s Exotics Collection of animal prints captures nature’s true spirit of the wild.

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8. Fibreworks®

Fibreworks create stylish rugs and carpet in natural fibres such as sisal, seagrass, jute and wool. This jumbo braided look brings together craft style and luxurious, comforting qualities.

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9. Panaget

Panaget is France’s leading manufacturer of flooring. They not only have a beautiful color range but they also create wonderful inspiration boards for their consumers. Check out their website here to see how they present their flooring as part of a mood board format.

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10. Mannington Mills

Mannington have been in business for 100 years – they’ve survived 16 recessions, The Great Depression and 2 World Wars! We loved their Filigree product. As the name suggests it’s reminiscent of ornate metalwork with a vintage floral motif. Even though it’s a floral, it’s a very unisex design – partly because it’s been inspired by an architectural feature and partly because of the metal colorways – Nickel, Brass, Pewter and Iron. It’s a 6 inch tile that looks weathered and timeworn, the pattern fades away in areas giving it an antique feel.

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Exhibition Stand Design at its best … TISE 2016 Trends Hub

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From acrobatics to dog shows and even giant-size magazines, the TISE event has it all, and this year was no exception. The Scarlet Opus Team designed and curated the 2016 Trends Hub, this year turning it into a giant walk-through Trend Magazine. It’s a space that encouraged the visitors to be creative, interact with new products, be inspired and take away useful trend information.

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Our Cover Story was a modern Memphis look with bold, contemporary styling with a retro twist. Including Sentiments Wallpaper by Ingrid + Mika for Milton & King, stylish Flooring by Quick-Step (Tuxedo Pine Planks from their Envique Collection), brilliant Floor Decals by Bionca Waller and gorgeous Pillows by Marlo Lorenz of THRO.

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Our Social Media Lab was hugely popular with presentations by social media experts and we filled the walls with posters highlighting key tips and tricks.

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Visitors were able to choose their favorite color from our Top Ten Colors of the Year with our pompom feature (the felt balls from Mamosa Crafts were handmade for us especially in Nepal). They could also read through our giant size flooring focused trend book. Other features of the walk through magazine included the ‘readers comments’ wall and creating your own sample pages with new launches products from the show’s exhibitors.

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Now let Victoria walk you through each feature…

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Top Ten Colors for 2016

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To kick off our blog postings this year, we are sharing our Top Ten Colors for 2016. These essential colors are taken from our Spring/Summer 2016 and Fall/Winter 2016/17 palettes and are those set to make the biggest impact throughout the year. These range from bold, earth shades to dusty mid-toned hues, each swatch is designed to be worked into your own palette (not together) and are placed in no specific order. So for all designers, manufacturers and retailers; here is your chance to get ahead with the up and coming colors for interiors in 2016!

Indigo Blue1. Indigo Blue –  Indigo make its presence felt throughout 2016, trending across both fashion and interiors. It is deep, mysterious yet stylish and sophisticated. Indigo is at its most striking and sumptuous alongside rich shades of wine, teal, warm metals, grays, dark wood tones and off white. This color longs for unconventional pairings to emphasis the unexpectedness of how it can be used within an interior.

COBALT BLUE2. Cobalt Blue – This color works in both contrasting and complimentary ways, it can be paired with a True Red for a bold, contemporary union, or combined with a crisp white for a more radiant effect. When paired with the Indigo blue and Mint green it suggests a more tonal, pleasing mixture. This color can be used both as an accent and a mono solid, where it’s unique, fresh vibrancy makes this a popular choice for 2016.

LUNAR GRAY3. Lunar Gray – An extended palette of muted gray’s play a leading role as an important hue for this year. Taken from a trend that places focus on privacy, time and experience; this color works alongside refined neutrals to portray elegance and timeless fashions. Seen in a matte finish with tone on tone neutrals that are beautiful in their simplicity. This color remains important as the endurance of the new industrial style continues to strengthen.

MAUVE4. Dusky Mauve – This soft, hazy hue is injected with a gray tone and portrays a poetic authenticity. This dulled, balanced pastel can be combined with moody tinted grays and muted Corals and Pinks with a chalky, powder-coated finish. Dusky Mauve provides a delicate harmony, it is quiet, subdued and projects a sense of well-being.

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5. Muted Coral – We saw 2015 fashions embrace the Coral Shrimp as both a solid and accent color. Going forward, we will see this shade diffuse to be more restrained and low-key. It sits within a palette that suggests honesty and long-lived values – it is warm, sophisticated, all-encompassing and works together with mid-toned grays, Mint Green and Dusky Mauve. This is a color that projects a sun-kissed, fresh outlook and will move forward into 2017.

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6. Mint Green – This color adds a fresh, contemporary sharpness when used as an accent within a palette. It almost glows when paired against deeper shades. Not only does it portray a pop of optimism and expresses a desire to be more adventurous, but it also encourages unconventional pairings, inspiring a confident use of color. Ombrés, color washes and graduations are the dominant effects when using this tone.POP PINK

7. Pop Pink – This soda pink has a chalky, matte finish and maintains a New Retro feel. It is taken from a trend named ‘PLAY’ which embraces unexpected color and material combinations; a controlled chaos within urban lifestyles. Pop Pink has no sweetness and extends beyond feminine associations to emerge as a bold, graphic and modern design direction. It works best in a palette where Black is a dominant color and is most fascinating when pared with playful interactions of texture, pattern and shape.

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8. Purple Iris – In contrast to the more vibrant tones of 2016, we will also celebrate the mystery and beauty of dark, dusky shades. The deep heather based tones add a level of sophistication and warmth to our 2016 palette. It radiates a jeweled opulence, and combines with warm brass metallic shades to inspire a dramatic, luxurious vibe. Yet it also feels familiar and comforting when combined with heritage fabrics and traditional patterned textiles; blurring the boundaries between modern and time-honored fashions.

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9. Mars Rock – This grounded color is taken from our Astro Trend, which is inspired by the grittiness and raw textures of planetary surfaces. Once again we call on nature to inspire, this time in the form of its cracked, rock-like textures and rich crystallized forms. This baked earth tone brings a sophisticated essence into interiors and can be used alongside deep reds, terracotta and space-aged metallic’s to emphasis it’s evolutionary path.

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10. True Red – Moving on from the Primal Red seen in 2015, this year True Red evolves to a softer tone. It balances out the intensity of some of the more vivid color contrasts when paired with tonal shades. This color is an essential hue in 2016 as it portrays an artisanal, handcrafted aesthetic where craftsmanship is valued and the beauty of ‘basic’ is admired.

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Our Favorite ‘Look’ for Interiors this Christmas – 2015

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As we head into December have you decided how to dress your shop window for Christmas 2015? Do you know how the Christmas Lunch table will be dressed in your home? What will the ‘look’ be that you create in your hotel or restaurant?

If you’re someone who hasn’t yet decided maybe this idea will help. Thinking about the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 design trends we think that the one below is our favorite; in fact we’ve already seen many retailers use this color palette and it looks #SOCool.

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We see a handcrafted look that takes inspiration from nature in a neutral and metallic palette. Gold and silver tonal embellishments make it a rustic but luxurious style for Christmas tableware, decorations, windows and the all important Tree! Consider sequin table cloths, glitter rimmed glasses and wood textured graphics to add to the rusticity with greater emphasis on the mixing of cold and warm metallics.

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The color palette is quite stunning, very quiet, extremely glamorous and very ‘Christmassy’! It makes a great retail window, wonderful restaurant decor and it would be fun pulling it all together. Imagine a Christmas tree in your hotel reception or the lounge at home dressed in glittery baubles and accessories ……..

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Metal surfaces in particular show signs of wear via a variety of effects; crackled looks reveals the color of the surface below. Leather–like crinkles and tarnishing are key. The knitted effect is relevant here to demonstrate an element of comfort. This is contrasted with pearlescent or matte metallic silk-like materials in soft blush tones. Deep grained woods or leather grain work alongside these cleaner textures to create that interesting mix of craft and luxury.

Bringing everything together it could look something like this ….

4It’s a luxurious look that’s sophisticated & glam but definitely not ostentatious or showy. Take a look down your local high street, we’re sure that you’ll see the warm metallics already being used by some in their merchandising and definitely visible in many restaurants.

What do you think? If you need any help or want to share your ideas feel free, after all it is Christmas! Have fun all ……..

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Travel Tips from a Trend Forecaster

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One of the best aspects of being a Trend Forecaster is all the travelling I do.  I enjoy seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, trying local food and indulging in a spot of shopping. However it’s not until very recently that I’ve come to enjoy the actual travelling part of travelling i.e. the whole tedious flying thing.  I thought it was awful, but it turned out I was just doing it wrong!

So far this year I’ve spent just under 160 hours on planes and in airports.  Here’s what I’ve learnt that could make your next flight better:

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1. Your feet are going to swell a little during a flight and, weird as it sounds, making your feet feel comfortable is a key component to you feeling comfortable. No, sitting in your socks or expecting the people around you to tolerate your bare feet isn’t ok.  Get some slippers that squish into your hand luggage easily, or better still buy some soft shoes that roll or fold up.  I like these stone blue & gold leather ballet pumps from Cocorose London that fold up to fit neatly into a handbag.  Learn from my soggy mistake – slippers with fabric soles are a disaster if you plan on using the toilet on board!

2. Don’t eat inflight meals if you can help it – they’re generally disappointing at best and tasteless mush at worst.  Although there is a temptation to eat and drink everything offered to you, simply because it’s being offered to you, it can make you feel bloated.  Your body has enough stuff to deal with during a flight without adding food digestion to the mix! I tend to eat at the airport well before I board the flight.  We often begin our outward journeys out of Heathrow so if I have time I eat at Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food restaurant.  But I always carry a bag of nuts and a small packet of biscuits with me in case I get peckish and my blood sugar gets low during the flight.

3. No matter how warm the temperature is in the city you’re flying out of or to, at some point during the flight they’re going to turn the cabin thermostat to freezing!  Sure you could use the blanket the airline provides, but after a girlfriend of mine got a nasty skin rash from one, I prefer to take a large scarf.  Small enough to loop onto the handle of my hand luggage (using a Parisian loop knot) or worn around my neck – I then use it as a leg blanket, pillow or wrap during the chilly periods of a flight.  I love this handwoven ombre effect merino wool wrap from Uruguay-based Etsy seller Claudia Rosillo, trading as Texturable.  She ships worldwide!  I also tend to wear bamboo tops when I travel because of the inherent temperature control qualities of bamboo and the amazing comfort.  I buy mine from No Balls in the UK.

4. Everyone knows you need to stay hydrated during a flight, and lots of people now carry their own water canister.  However not as much consideration is given to how dehyrated your skin can get from the dry air circulating on planes during a long flight.  To avoid walking through the Arrivals Lounge looking like a dried-up prune I use a mini thermal spring water face spray from La Roche-Posay (a tip from Miss P in Dubai) and ‘All About Eyes’ eye cream from Clinique to reduce puffiness or dark rings, plus Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm (in Caramel Apple) from NewYorkColor to stop my lips from getting dry.

5. The headphones handed out by airlines during flights are RUBBISH!  The sound quality is sooo bad and they’re often uncomfortable.  On my last trip to Australia I invested in Bose SoundTrue headphones in Mint.  All time great decision!

6. When we’re doing any trip overseas that involves more than one flight I always take a full change of clothes for a quick outfit refresh in the transfer airport toilets.  Obviously this requires a handbag large enough to carry a change of clothes, wash bag etc… but I also use my bag as a kind of foot rest on flights, placed under the seat in front of me (I can sleep better on flights if my knees aren’t in a bent position).  I spotted this great canvas travel tote bag from Bags Wish, which has plenty of space and lots of handy compartments.  Roll your clothes – they take up less space this way and it stops them from creasing as much.

7. I find the middle period of long flights the worst.  I’ll have watched a movie, done some work, had a little snooze, eaten my biscuits, made a list of some sort (I love making lists). But then I look at my watch and we’re only half way through the flight and I’m in despair.  If I need to kill a couple of hours and have a sense of escape, so I can totally forget where I am, I read.  I always take a good book on flights.  Recently my reading companions have been Jon Ronson, Lionel Shriver and Andrea Zittel.

8. As soon as I get on a flight I change my watch to the local time in the destination I’m travelling to.  I find it helps me to begin to psychologically adjust to my new time zone before I get there.  I simply convince myself that, that is now the actual time.  Right now I’m LOVING the understated design of this genuine carrara Marble watch by Australian brand AÃRK – style at its most simple.

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