Category Archives: Trends
When it comes to trends in flooring we are definitely talking more evolution than revolution. A timber floor should after all last you a life time and a carpet or rug can serve for many, many years if looked after properly. Nonetheless flooring, being the foundation of any design scheme, needs to feel fresh, current and in keeping with the concept proposed.
At Solid Floor we have always taken great pride in having our finger on the pulse of the dynamic world of interior design and are always game to enable architects and designers to realise their clients’ dreams and ambitions. Therefore we would like to share with you our predictions for the future, as flooring is far from boring.
Read up on what is cutting-edge and happening now in flooring.
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Stylist explores the paint decorations trend, including colour, texture and accents.
The colours we will want to use over the next year reflect a desire to create spaces offering escapism from our increasingly nomadic working lives, where smart devices keep us connected wherever we are. Our key colours for 2015; Pink Ground, Light Blue, Breakfast Room Green and Tanner’s Brown promote relaxation and reflection in interiors. Paler in appearance they help to create spaces that live and breathe as we look to our homes as places of sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living
Breakfast Room Green®
Breakfast Room Green feels lively at any time of day. Taken straight from nature it makes us feel safe and calm in our home environment. Its slightly botanical feel creates a fresh room when paired with complementary James White on the ceiling. It’s best contrasted with stronger Calke Green on the woodwork to recreate the colours derived from the irregular staining and tinting found in plants and vegetables. Complete this leafy look, with Light Gray as an accent colour in the back of shelves, on the floor, or as random stripes on the wall to create a really exciting, fashionable interior. This trend reflects a shift away from hard, graphic interiors to a softer more natural feel with a modern twist.
The use of Light Blue in the home is intended to create an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape. We instinctively gravitate towards colours that remind us of the softer side of life to make our homes into an oasis of calm away from the brashness of modern life. To create an almost transparent interior, contrast the colour’s silvery, smoky qualities with the unexpectedly cool grey Dimpse, a colour inspired by the tones of twilight. Create a feeling of relaxed movement by adding an accent of Lamp Room Gray on the floor, feature wall or furniture, and Blackened on the ceiling.
Pink Ground creates a humble beauty in the home, making rooms feel pretty, soft edged and accessible. Although certainly warm, this pink is not sugary or infantile, rather it feels more like a diluted plaster colour where walls look almost nude. Use with a slightly stronger colour on the woodwork, like Setting Plaster, to create a lighter room; because the tones are close the feel is almost of camouflaged beauty with no strong contrasts or hard lines. Similarly accent colours should stay cloudy and soft. Pale Powder sits perfectly alongside Pink Ground; use it on either furniture for a more relaxed feel, or on the floor to complement the whimsical pastel palette on the walls and woodwork.
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A little late but you may get some great tips for your store by watching this video.
This is a 15 minute 2014 Trend Forecast video with Eve Reid, the retail expert from Metamorphosis Group.
Filmed inside WBC’s Prop Shop, Eve runs through key retail trends for 2014: What do customers want? How are they behaving? What trends should you look out for this year? If you missed this year’s Spring Fair, this is a great opportunity to hear from one of the key-note speakers. If you’re a retailer who wants to make huge gains this year, it’s 15 minutes you won’t want to miss.
How Retail Is Evolving In An On-Demand Economy
It’s been widely discussed that Amazon plans to enter the brick-and-mortar retail game. This is ironic because it is Amazon that put many brick-and-mortar retailers out of business in the first place. Circuit City, Borders and Blockbuster all succumbed to the dynamics of e-commerce and companies like Barnes & Noble NE +0.99%, Sears and K-Mart aren’t too far behind. Big box retailers carry fewer product lines and holding inventory presents significant risks. Consider that in the last four years, cumulative sales of brick-and-mortar retailers shrank by $30 billion and as Jeff Jordan rightly points out, “these trends are only accelerating.”
In the past, brands would have to fight for shelf space and customer access and that gave power to the larger retailers. Today, anyone with a product and a website can build their own sales channel and that is creating enormous shareholder value for the digital players. This creates a new set of challenges for brands and retailers.
On one hand, building an online-only business has cost and distribution advantages. There is no need to invest in large amounts of inventory and you aren’t subjected to retailer buying terms or expensive overhead for rent. This is a large reason why companies like Bonobos and Warby Parker experienced success early on and why many brands looked to copy the online-only model.
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Steampunk has been around for many years and has grown and grown but 2014 to 2015 is supposed to be the year that the craze will take off, first in fashion then lifestyle and interior design, will it follow into store interiors and windows?
So what is Steam Punk?
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistictechnologies or retro-futuristicinventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-airairships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage‘s Analytical Engine.
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We will be keeping a keen eye on this trend in 2014 and will blog as we see examples coming through.
Dear readers please keep an eye out and let us know what you see and lets share the growth of this trend.
In the fourth edition of our Future of Retail Report, PSFK Labs brings together two interconnected themes and eleven key trends that provide a foundation for the modern shopping experience. The ‘Data-Driven Commerce Platforms’ section offers insights into how information analytics tools can be used to build more responsive businesses and better plan for long term success. In the ‘Networked Purchase Path’, the report looks at how the dynamic use of data enables retailers and brands to exceed customer expectations at key stages along the shopping journey.
The seamlessness of this new landscape is what makes it so special. People can choose to shop and interact in whatever way they feel comfortable, without having to settle for anything but the best, and retailers and brands can be confident that they can deliver on those core expectations—convenience, recognition, service and immediacy. Based on the findings in the report, the PSFK Labs team identified eight directional strategies that we believe every company should consider delivering against.
Find Time To Set The Pace –
Add efficiencies into the purchase path to free up associates’ time and refocus attention to deliver exceptional service and experiences at key points in the shopper journey, further differentiating your offerings from the competition.
Be Accommodating At Every Step –
Embrace each channel as a new opportunity to meet shoppers at touch-points that already fit their lifestyles, tastes and preferences by promising convenience, familiarity and support alongside your product or service.
Use Customer Data To Create Digital Services –
Deliver additional value to every shopper by leveraging their data to develop new services that personalize their shopping experience and/or improve their daily life in some meaningful way. Making this data portable and accessible can further these exchanges.
Create Channel Agnostic Experiences –
Enable your customers to seamlessly shop across all of your channels by delivering synced experiences and recognized interactions at every stage of their journey.
Deliver Frictionless Transactions –
Show shoppers you trust them and value their time by building recognition into and removing unnecessary steps from interactions and transactions where possible, getting them through to fulfillment and gratification faster.
Use Technology To Deliver The Human Touch –
Deploy technology behind the scenes to get to know your shoppers better, building on those relationships to allow for more human interactions between them, your store or brand and the wider community.
Build A System Of Love –
Reframe loyalty as an emotional concept rather than a transactional one to understand what unique behaviors and experiences matter most to your shoppers and how to amplify those benefits at an individual and community level.
Access Data Anywhere –
Put information dexterity processes in place that enable your organization to better respond to changes on the level of the customer, store or marketplace, ensuring that all channels are optimized to meet demand as it happens and anticipate future opportunity.
The 2014 edition of the Future of Retail Report is now available from PSFK Labs. The new survey describes key trends driving the retail experience and the findings are brought to life with best-in-class examples, actionable strategies and leading questions to inspire leading retailers and brands.
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