Never a day goes by that a new development appears in the e-commerce field. It is fascinating how the landscape changes daily with competitors trying to counter whatever is Amazon’s latest foray in the battle of giants on the web. With Jay and his staff deeply embedded in the channel, Furniture Sales keeps abreast of the fast moving competition. Both Walmart and Target are investing substantial money and re-sources to keep from getting overrun by Amazon’s aggressive approach. Meantime, except for a few progressive chains, traditional retailers are taking a wait and see approach to web sales. Most have given short-shift to anything but selling to their customers in their present delivery perimeter. Whatever the means the internet will be a major channel for sales as each year goes by, which is why Jay devotes so much time to working with the best e-tailers.
Just studied a document that a major furniture source provided that outlines 10 home furnishing trends. Many of the items mentioned have been gleaned from their web business. I’ll highlight the 10.
#1 No one will be interested in designing an entire space, let alone a whole house, with a strict period in mind. Pressure is off to pairing antiques with other historical periods. You will see more of a mix of multiple historical periods.
#2 With space at a premium, oversized furniture overwhelms and is an inefficient use of space. Furniture will become ideally spaced for smaller spaces.
#3 Industrial looks have had their day. Shiny, worn metals like bronze and gold are resurging as important ways to lend elegance to any space.
#4 Matte finish is a multi-use finish for object whether traditionally lustrous or glossy. Matte adds depth and definition.
#5 Marble is becoming a huge trend as it shows up in every home environment.
#6 Cerused wood (a finish or technique that brings out the unique grains of the wood) has trickled down from the high end. This technique seems to be universally accepted on cabinets in addition to tables, chairs, and storage pieces.
#7 Say “goodbye” to beige. The new look for walls and accents will be deep jewel tones.
#8 Nailheads – “a classic for upholstered but is being used in whole new ways: storage chests, credenzas, and on bases or trim on dining tables and lighting fixtures.
#9 Subway tiles seem to work as a universal choice with all kinds of styles at an affordable price. No graffiti that usually is seen on them!
#10 Smart Home Features to make the home revolve around our DEVICES. We will be seeing more and more creative ways of incorporating charging docks and areas specifically dedicated to these devices into the design of a space in the home. There you have it! Food for thought as you plan your new looks.