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Trend Spotting at Design & Construction Week

Published on January 29th, 2020

Another productive week spent at Design & Construction Week is in the books for Carmichael Lynch Relate. The mega-show—consisting of both the International Builders’ Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show—was again a hotspot for builders, designers and other home and design brands to show off what’s new and what’s next. Our PR crew was on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center representing a slew of our agency’s home and design clients as they connected with dozens of trade and consumer editors across national media brands.

The 2020 show was the perfect place to spot inspiration for what’s ahead, and we made sure to take note.

Blue is the New…

Here at Carmichael Lynch Relate, we know that blue is huge in the design world. Our client Sherwin-Williams named Naval, a rich blue inspired by the sky and the sea, its 2020 Color of the Year. As homeowners move past the all-white kitchens of the 2010s, blue seems to be an approachable hue to try on cabinetry, walls and other home spaces. From monochromatic tile, to blue cabinets and navy appliances, this color in all its tones and shades was everywhere at DCW.

Color, Color, Everywhere!

Beyond blue, the design world is embracing all color. Painted surfaces and tile are out in full force in many a hue, as are appliances, hardware, sinks, and stone. If it has a surface, it has a color.

Greenery is Key

Whether it’s bringing the outdoors in with botanicals, incorporating garden-inspired décor, or literally changing how we observe nature from our homes, greenery was a key theme at DCW. Booth after booth showcased their take on home design with nature in mind. Our client Marvin presented a great example, debuting two new products that reimagine light, air and exterior views to connect those inside with the outside, making homes happier and healthier. The new Marvin Skycove is a fully constructed, immersive glass alcove that extends the functional living space within a home. The new Marvin Awaken Skylight seamlessly connects homes to the outdoors and is the only skylight to offer tunable lighting to extend the day.


Veining, Veining, and More Veining

From floors on up—countertops, full sinks, fireplaces, tubs, and showers—veining, a pattern detail that is found naturally in stones like marble and granite, was on full display. Industry leaders, such as our client Formica Brand, are incorporating veining in soft, subtle ways. In fact, the brand launched its 2020 Living Impressions Collection just in time for DCW. Calacatta Cava, a soft and flowing pattern with light veining and hints of warm gray and taupe, is drawn from natural stone inspiration.

If what we saw at DCW is any indication, be on the lookout in 2020 and the next several years for blue, all things nature- and wellness-inspired, and fresh color and patterns.