Trendspotting

Chunky Textures are Trending in Homes

In this month’s trend letter, we’re talking all about layered, chunky textures. After years of grey, sleek minimalism, maximalism is making a comeback, and it feels cozy. People spent a lot of time at home during the pandemic, and those homes needed to offer a sense of safety and security, as well as comfort. Many types of spaces had to adapt during the pandemic, such as colleges and restaurants. Just as some of those changes became long-term solutions, the same...

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Trends in Interior Design in Higher Education

Education is constantly evolving. That goes for the spaces people learn in as well as how and what they learn. The COVID pandemic had a profound impact on education. As people head back to the classroom, they see it also impacted how educational spaces function. These changes are leading to new trends for interior design in higher education.    5 Trends Impacting Interior Design in Higher Education Safety As is the case with trends in hospitality, safety is a driving force in interior...

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Color, Trends, and Textile Design Round-Up

Looking at the analytics for this blog, it’s easy to see that you all love color, trends, and textile design as much as we do. All our most-read posts fall into one of these categories. As we plan out our editorial calendar for next year, we will definitely be devoting a lot of space to these topics you find most valuable. And we want you to make sure you didn’t miss out on any this year. Here is a quick round-up...

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5 Things We Learned at NeoCon & BDNY

As we unpack from the last of our 2022 trade shows, we always tack stock of what we learned at each show. This year, Design Pool exhibited at NeoCon for the second year. In addition, we also exhibited at Boutique Design Magazine’s BDNY. Whenever we exhibit at a show, we’re there for two reasons. First, we want to introduce interior designers to Design Pool. Second, we walk the floor looking for trends in pattern, color, and the industry in general....

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Hospitality Trends from BDNY

This month at BDNY in New York City, we introduced the hospitality community to Design Pool. This was our last big event of 2022, and it felt great to be back in New York, talking with old friends and colleagues and meeting new people. As we always do at the shows, we also took time for trend research. We walked the show and attended panel discussions to see what hospitality trends were happening. We narrowed down what we saw into five...

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Hotel Design Top 5 Trends

Hospitality was hit hard by the global pandemic. Like restaurants, hotels were forced to adapt quickly and make big changes in how they operate. As we all settle into a new normal, many of the changes hotels had to make are permanent expectations from guests. These expectations are leading some of the interior design trends in hotel design. Hotel Design Trends Bleisure Many business travelers are mixing their business trips with leisure by extending business trips to add on personal time. Why? There...

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5 Emerging Trends in Restaurant Design

In 2020, the pandemic through a massive wrench into the hospitality industry. Many restaurants had to pivot quickly just to keep their doors open and their staff employed. Restauranteurs adapted to the demands of outdoor dining, social distancing, and increased take-out. For many, the changes they made as a way to survive have become permanent and popular features. As a result, interior designers who specialize in restaurant design are designing with these trends in mind.   Restauranteurs know a space's interior...

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Healthcare Design Trends

One of the challenges, and opportunities, in healthcare design, is that more and more people are using healthcare facilities. The population is aging, people’s health is improving and they are living longer, and our healthcare system has become more accessible to traditionally underserved populations. More people put more demands on our healthcare workers and facilities. As communities renovate and modernize existing facilities and build new ones, the interior designers working on these projects are looking to improve the experience and comfort...

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Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Color Trends

Twice a year, we spend time poring over the latest runway shots of designers' collections. Why? Because fashion plays a huge role in setting trends for industries way beyond the runways. Trending colors may not always make their way directly into residential or commercial interiors. Yet, being aware of what is happening in fashion gives insight into what is happening in the culture more broadly. This month we were looking at the Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear collections. Fashion is a fast-paced industry...

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What is Japandi?

When discussing the hottest trends in outdoor living, Japandi kept popping up. Japandi isn't brand new. It's a trend that has been gaining popularity inside for the last couple of years. Recently, it's starting to migrate outside into our outdoor spaces. So, what exactly is it?   Japandi is a cross between Scandinavian and Japanese design.   Japandi is a blend between the Scandinavian concept of hygge and the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.   Hygge is a Danish word that describes a quality...

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