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Housewares Show Highlights Color Trends

The 2015 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago featured keynote speakers, innovative products and industry professionals, making it a learning experience for all. The keynote and seminar speakers focused on industry trends, colors and improving business operations.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute and author of nine different color books, took the stage Monday afternoon discussing the future of color and design trends. She specifically highlighted the Pantone View home + interiors 2016 color pallets.

Color is an ever-changing trend and is extremely important in the housewares industry. “Eighty-five percent of consumers will look at a product due to its color,” Eiseman explains, which is why she works year-round identifying color trends and developing different pallets.

In her talk, Eiseman acknowledged that her inspiration for color was drawn from multiple elements such as fashion, art, film and nature.

Not only did Eiseman identify popular colors, but she also noted the different accessories and finishes taking place in today’s retail environment. Concrete lamps as tabletop décor are trending, studs on furniture and shoes continue to be popular and reclaimed wood with the concentric shape of the “never-ending spiral” will be “big design modes going into 2016,” Eiseman says.

Other popular elements she noted are woven fabrics, industrial hardware, metallic, small-space organization and gardening, embossed finishes and words as decoration. With these elements, Eiseman then developed the following nine color pallets.

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016

  1. Natural Forms: Shades from nature, organic shapes and colors
  2. Dichotomy: Stainless steel, rock and stone, green yellow and blue
  3. Ephemera: Breezy, light colors, pastels
  4. Lineage: Dark, saturated colors, navy, black, tan and reds
  5. Soft Focus: In between pastel and mid-tones, brighter than pastels
  6. Bijoux: Jewel-tones, dramatic and intense
  7. Merriment: Joyful, vibrant shades
  8. Footloose: Inspired from the backyard, brings recreation and relaxation to life
  9. Mixed Bag: Drawn from diverse cultures and a multi-national influence

To read a full description of the color pallets click here.

*All photos were taken by Graeme Haase at the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show.

About Sara Logel

As NRHA’s market research analyst, Sara conducts organic research and stays abreast of industry trends to help hardware retailers better run their business. Sara also contributes to editorial content in Hardware Retailing magazine. Sara received her B.S. in Marketing and Spanish from Butler University and, after graduation, began her career with NRHA. Sara enjoys traveling, being outdoors and exploring the city of Indianapolis.

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