Our designer, Allie McMunn, heads to Las Vegas to see what’s new in furniture, decor, and more at the annual market. Here are our picks for the next biggest design trends.
As a designer, I am always searching for new and innovative products to bring my clients, so last week I went to the Las Vegas Furniture Market to do just that. This market brings vendors from all over the world to one place, making it easy to see a lot of amazing products and ideas at once. Major plus: it focuses on affordable furniture and accessories, so I knew everything I found would be accessible for clients.
This was my first time at this market. It consists of four massive buildings, all about 10 floors each, and includes over 4,000 resources. At first it was quite overwhelming and I didn’t know where to begin. After a quick scan of the map, I decided I had to jump right in. Although it was exhausting, the energy of everyone in the design world searching for the perfect pieces for their clients was extremely motivating. Two days later I came away with some amazing finds and trends for 2018.
Trend 1: Modern Glam
Clean lines meet metallic accents in this beautiful trend. I loved the combination of geometric wallpaper, gilded tables, and velvet furniture. If not done right, modern homes can feel very cold, and these touches of glamour, like jewel-toned sheepskins or metallic light fixtures, help soften the look. The best part of this trend is that you don’t have to go overboard. These pieces can be used individually to add a touch of elegance to any style of space.
Trend 2: Hand Blown Glass Lighting Fixtures
Usually when I come across a hand-blown glass piece I assume it is going to be on the pricier side. But at this market I saw amazing light fixtures that were surprisingly affordable and could be easily customized—a major plus! I fell in love with the soft colors and amazing shapes, specifically a cloud-like chandelier available in a multitude of sizes and colors. These organic pieces would work nicely in a rustic or industrial space because the delicate glass would contrast gorgeously against unfinished wood and metal.
Trend 3: Rust Hued Accents
This deep orange color was found everywhere—from pillows to outdoor furniture. It looks incredible with gray, and adds a nice pop of color to a monochrome space. For me, rust-colored rugs really made a statement; specifically a Jaipur Living gray marble patterned rug featuring swirls of rust to give it that extra edge.
Trend 4: Rustic Bohemian
While the rustic decor trend has been popular in 2017, combining it with bohemian accents helps to make it feel fresh and new for 2018. To achieve the look, showrooms paired hand-woven, bright, colorful ottomans and pillows with unfinished wood furniture. This style can definitely get to be too much quickly, so keep the effect grounded with a simple rug or great couch in a deep tone to offset the bright accessories.