4 Design Trend Takeaways From An Award Winning Design Firm

We are Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, and together we make up the award-winning design firm of Bauer/Clifton Interiors. We are two Midwest gentlemen who met in Alaska and, in 2006, formed our company that is based in Juneau. We spent four days visiting showrooms at the 2017 Summer Las Vegas Market. We are excited to share with you four design trends that we spotted while we were there. So, let’s get started!

Trend 1 - Green with Envy

This first trend that we like to call Green with Envy, began earlier this year when Pantone named Greenery its color of the year for 2017. Our visit to the Summer Las Vegas Market confirmed that green is definitely having a moment. From lighting to furniture to rugs, green was everywhere we looked. We both see this green trend sticking around for a few more years, too.

One of our favorite finds was this Vinter Chandelier from Currey & Company. Made of recycled wine bottles, it flaunts naturally varying shades of green that complement the gold leaf iron of the fixture. And, at an impressive 39” high and 27” round, it would definitely make a statement at your next wine and cheese party.

If you are looking to go all in on the green trend, check out this collection from POLaRT. We are loving the lacquer finish, and there is an acrylic version of the arm chair that is outdoor friendly, too! The French Bombay Chest and Mirror look like a perfect spot for a lady to touch up her lipstick before heading to the theater – to see Wicked, maybe? But if you lean more towards Glenda the Good, no worries – POLaRT offers over 30 different colors of lacquer finishes and upholstery!

Looking for a more subtle way to add some green in your home? We adored many of the rugs in the Kate Spade New York Collection at JAIPUR Living, but the Astor rug was one of our favorites. Made of 100% wool, the pattern features classic gray stripes overall and two picnic green stripes on either end. How is that for understated?

Trend 2 - Texture

Texture, Texture, and did we mention, Texture? When people talk about design, they often talk about color, but equally important is texture. At Bauer/Clifton Interiors, we believe that texture can help reinforce the design concept and it also can communicate a particular design style. For example, typically when you envision a modern interior, soft leather, light woods and glossy materials come to mind, while a traditional design would feature smooth silks, woven wool rugs and cut crystal. Below you will see some of our favorite textural pieces we discovered at the Summer Las Vegas Market.

We will definitely be incorporating some of these rugs from JAIPUR Living into our projects. JAIPUR Living has a full collection of natural rugs that intermix wool with jute in a whole new way. Doesn’t this look fresh, but also warm and inviting at the same time?

The Platea Chandelier by Currey & Company is made from carefully selected sea glass – it doesn’t get more textural than that! Bauer/Clifton Interiors designs many coastal homes, and we can easily see this going in a master bedroom or bathroom.

These beautiful pillows, called Tulip Embellished – from the Yorkville collection by Kate Spade New York in the JAIPUR Living showroom, are full of texture with embroidery and sequins. And, with availability in three color ways, one is bound to work in any setting; modern or classic!

Trend 3 - Modern Organics

The third trend we spotted – and loved, is what we are coining Modern Organics. It is a modern reinterpretation of all natural items/textiles/materials for a unique take on some classic forms.

We were completely crushing on the Finch Chandelier that we saw at Arteriors. The shape is described by Arteriors as “an organic version of the starburst motif.” The natural wooden branches appear to be growing from the iron center of this chandelier. We’re certain this would look equally beautiful in a grand foyer, dining room or really, anywhere you choose to hang it.

Things were heating up in the Christopher Guy showroom where we found this Flambeau decorative fireplace screen. We loved how the hand-carved wood depicts flames. And, since it was 108 degrees in Las Vegas, we were really glad those flames were faux!

We were so excited about the Rainforest Chandelier by Currey & Company, that we have already incorporated and installed it in a Bauer/Clifton Interiors project. (Admittedly, we are big fans of Currey & Company.) The hand-forged iron branches span 71” and the rustic bronze finish is a nice contrast to the ceiling. And, with 14 lights, it is as functional as it is beautiful.

Trend 4 - Black & Gold

Finally, an emerging trend we noticed was the combination of Black and Gold. Gold fixtures –lighting, faucets and furniture trim, have been popular for a few years now. However, when you saw gold the past few seasons, you often saw it combined with white. Well, gold has been paired with a new partner this season, and it is black. And, we aren’t talking the shiny gold of the 80s. It’s a matte gold, primarily antique brass paired with a matte black that’s often textured. The juxtaposition of these two finishes achieves a glitzy, fresh look for any room! Check out these black and gold combinations we spied at the 2017 Summer Las Vegas Market.

We were at the end of day three when we noticed this Fitz Accent Table by Arteriors. It has an antique brass top with a blackened iron base. We were tempted to pour a couple of glasses of Jameson and cozy up to this table for a bit. Alas, there was still a lot of territory to cover, so we forged ahead.

The Cato Chair by Noir is made of birch wood and finished in black, and the linen upholstery has brass nail head trim. We felt like we were one step closer to the Iron Throne when we found this awesome piece.

We enjoyed spending time with Susan Gray at the Leftbank Art showroom where we found these exquisite pieces that are part of Leftbank’s Marble Flow series. We were immediately drawn to the unique lacquer finish and texture (hmmm, there’s that texture again). This wall art reminded us of home, too, because we were sensing an Alaskan glacier vibe from these beauties.

So, these are the trends – both ongoing and emerging, that we spotted at the 2017 Summer Las Vegas Market.

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