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At Beatriz Ball, we're undeniably excited about the upcoming fall trends and what they mean for our industry. It's a season where stark minimalism is out and warm textures are in. Entertaining is colorful and vibrant. Our tables bloom with organic shapes. It's a year of hygge and handmade. As Elle Décor writes:

"Home will be about comfort —not edginess."

After visiting the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt, our own David Rive talks about  home design trends. Capitalizing on these trends can help you make the most of the upcoming show season.

 

TREND 1: COLORFUL AND CASUAL ENTERTAINING

Fall is about color and rooting back into nature. To drive the trend home, the official Pantone Color of the Year was the bright Greenery, representing rebirth and rejuvenation. It's a bold and bright neutral that's set to refresh the home design world.

And that freshness transfers to entertaining, where consumers   expect beautiful pieces that are still casual and easy to maintain, both indoor and out. Of our own products, Rive writes:

"We are excited about the trend toward casual entertaining, which has been our strong suit."

In a year where comfort is primary, consumers want
dinner parties and gatherings to be effortlessly gorgeous.
That means durable pieces that are dishwasher and oven safe, with no
unnecessary maintenance.

TREND 2: HANDMADE CERAMICS

At Ambiente and beyond, those watching home design trends are pointing to hand-made ceramics.   Valerie, on the Ambiente blog, writes:

"The uneven, organically shaped element of ceramics gives them a hand made feeling, making each piece feel as one of the kind. Full of haptic and texture these ceramic pieces invite us to hold them in the hand, embracing their texture and form."

 

During shows this Fall, highlight ceramics against bright, fresh colors. Draw attention to their texture and finish, inviting customers to touch them. This makes the most of their haptic nature, another word for their tactile qualities.

 

TREND 3: TOUCHABLE FORMS AND TEXTURES

Lush, touchable comfort drives the majority of this year's home design trends. So many of us spend our days working on screens. When we come home, we want something we can touch and feel. We want to feel anchored.

Because of that, Rive writes that, "we also noted an emphasis on tactile surfaces, woods, and metals this year." Our shimmering SOHO Brooklyn Oval Bowl embodies these trends for interesting surfaces that invite touch.

 

We call this piece "poetry in motion," which leads directly into the next big home design trend: story.

TREND 4: PIECES ANCHORED IN A STORY

Consumers nowadays don't want objects. They want stories. 

When mass production means we can get anything we want whenever we want it, so many of us are starved for that authentic connection to a piece we're bringing into our home. Another Ambiente post calls it:

"An honest pleasure in authentic materials."

We couldn't agree more. For Fall 2017, think in terms of story for the pieces you're selling. Are they handmade? What materials did the artist choose and why? Are those materials eco-friendly or locally-sourced? Are these pieces based on retro or cultural designs?

 

Bring a sense of story and narrative to your pieces and you'll capture
your customer's delight.

 

TREND 5: ARTISANAL, NOT DIY

The last few years were all about DIY projects found on Pinterest or Etsy. But again, 2017 home design trends focus on comfort. That means consumers this year are looking for artisanal pieces that belie a certain craftsmanship and high-level of skill to create—that they don't have to create themselves. 

While DIY is fun, having a gorgeous and lush piece in your home that can anchor an entire room is better. Pieces that evoke story or touch or skill are more important than "quick and easy." 

Click here to read our blog on handmade items!

TREND 6: SOFT, WATERCOLOR SHADES

Another home design trend for 2017 to watch for is soft, watercolor shades for Fall. These tend towards shades of green and blue—the comforting, natural hues that are so popular right now. 

When designed with interesting glazes and organic form, Rive notes that these can be "a great piece for celebrations."

 

TREND 7: MID-CENTURY

Mid-Century modern design is another trend for home design. Hallmarks of Mid-Century design included an exploration of new materials, a use of exuberant forms, and an emphasis on function. In keeping with the spirit of the movement, Beatriz Ball’s new MID-CENTURY Collection reinterprets Modernist design in new materials for today’s lifestyles; something fresh and relevant for a new century.

TREND 8: LUXURY MELAMINE FOR OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

This year's focus on colorful and casual entertaining also makes luxury melamine an on-trend design choice. Melamine is a virtually indestructible material that's light-weight, easy to care for, and brightly colored. 

Our new Havana Collection plays with bright colors, while staying true to our beloved organic shapes. And, they transfer effortlessly outside—tying together the comfort and return to nature that typifies 2017 home design trends.

 

READ OUR OTHER POST ABOUT MELAMINE