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As part of the #StyleYourSeason program, a collaboration between Pantone and AmericasMart, a select group of Design Bloggers were tasked with scouting our favorite finds and emerging trends. This all took place at the nation's #1 product destination and lifestyle market in Atlanta. It was three days of scouring the showrooms to find the latest and "must have faves" for 2016, from emerging trends to those that have withstood another year in the race and have made it to the design finish line. These were some of the stand-out trends I noticed at Atlanta Market in January.


  • Crystals/Agates & Stones

  • Pastels & Jewel Tones

  • Micro-Sculpture

  • Sustainably Harvested Woods

  • Statement Hardware

  • Abstract Impressionism

  • Gold Tones

Crystals/Agates & Stones-Natural Stones – Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but Agates, Geodes and Crystals are perhaps a more attainable if not an equally stunning option. The design industry has taken some of the most unusual semi-precious stones and crystals and manufactured them into fireplace surrounds, lamps and accessories, and they could be found at market either polished or in their raw form. Crystals will continue their trajectory into the design stratosphere. I've always felt Crystals emit an ethereal glow, and when cut the beauty of the veining and fractures can be highlighted when exposed to light, lending beauty to an otherwise ordinary object. From uncut specimens to larger clusters used as lamp bases, crystals were a market favorite, second only to Agates. When polished, the latter reveal an artistic quality exposing rings in iridescent colors from bright fuchsias to earthy neutrals. They were stand-outs at Market not only as pieces that functioned as tabletop art but also as cuts adorning boxes, wall art and even chandeliers. How I would style it – Most smaller pieces are the perfect tabletop accessory. I love mixing up stones with other elements either in a display or bookcase. One of my favorite finds at market were GlamGems from Times Two Designs, tiny agates used as a plant filler. I've always considered crystals and agates a "luxe organic," adding natural allure to an interior space.

Pastels & Jewel Tones – Pantone gave birth to twins in 2016, namely Rose Quartz and Serenity. Although Pinks and Pastel tones emerged toward the later part of 2015, they are garnering the most attention in 2016. The "twins of color" were evident everywhere this year, from bedding to furniture and lighting. In stark contrast were rich jewel tones from bold blues to regal purples. I noticed the trend last year at various markets with the introduction of pinks and soft lavenders, and it continues in 2016. And the Atlanta Market showcased a striking range of purples and pinks in bedding, accessories and rugs. It was evident that the industry found a myriad of ways in which to honor the Pantone colors of the year. How I would style it – Softer hues such as pinks and blues can often be used as a neutral, and when used sparingly bring in quiet sophistication. Muted pinks or blues can be the perfect backdrop to bolder colors. Bring in color trends through pillows, accessories and art. Introducing smaller bits of pastels makes an interior feel fresh and current.

Micro-Sculpture – Last year I began noticing a trend of interpretive art components that could be placed on a wall randomly, and at Market in Atlanta in January, they could be seen displayed on walls in many different mediums. They are called Micro-sculptures, individual components that can be placed on your walls encouraging participation in the creative process. As a designer, I can see all the possibilities of creating a Micro-sculpture in my own home, and there were some fine examples displayed at Market, from metal discs to paper flower wall art and wooden tiles. These decorative elements can be arranged on a wall in any formation. The beauty of this trend at Market is that custom pieces of art can be created and installed in large arrangements or to supplement existing pieces. How I would style it – There are so many opportunities to use Micro-sculptures, and it's their versatility that provides such universal appeal, whether you do an entire accent wall or use individual elements to round off an existing arrangement. I love the idea of creating my own individual work of art on a wall, and Micro-sculptures allow you to get in touch with your inner creative. They can be used over a bed, running up a staircase or on a wall where hanging pictures may not be an option due to spatial constraints.

Sustainably Harvested Woods – The industry's commitment to sustainably harvested woods was evident at Market in Atlanta, from live-edge tables preserved in their original forms to pieces of reclaimed timber manufactured into benches or even sculptures. In its rawest form, some of the pieces functioned as art, from table bases constructed from root balls to large slices of wood-cuts on stands. The beauty of nature was apparent, recycled and repurposed into an eye-catching array of products. How I would style it – Bringing organic elements into a home provides a connection to the outdoors, a movement that is gaining in popularity. Natural woods are the perfect way to bring a bit of nature into the home, and it's undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to warm up a space. Incorporate pieces such as live-edge furniture with more modern elements for an updated look. Smaller pieces of wood cuts on stands can be incorporated into bookcases or on tabletops, acting as unique pieces of natural art, revealing eye-catching imperfections of grains and knots.

Statement Hardware – If lighting is considered the jewelry of a room, then furniture hardware is a very close second. A trend emerged last year and it's going to continue well into 2016—Statement Hardware. As a Trend Scout, I began to notice furniture introductions last year that mimicked one-of-a-kind pieces, giving the illusion of bespoke. I think people crave a custom look, but unfortunately not all can afford it. So furniture manufacturers have come up with a brilliant solution, furniture that gives the illusion of an original, and what better way to achieve this than through the addition of Statement Hardware. It serves to elevate a piece of furniture in a way that a "statement necklace" serves to enhance an outfit, adding refinement and custom appeal. How I would style it – Statement pieces of furniture truly act as a focal point in a space. Additional styling is not required, as the hardware functions as an accessory. I would add consoles with statement hardware to hallways, or to living spaces where a stand-out piece of furniture would add eye-catching appeal.

Abstract Impressionism – If you followed me on social media during Market, I mentioned this trend, featuring what were at times bold adaptations or sophisticated brush strokes of an artist's imagination. Shifting lights and colors capture the attention and are easily translatable into any style of interior. The abstract movement was making its way through market from fabrics to tabletop accessories. How I would style it – Bold abstracts are best used as pillows, accessories or artwork—in this case, "a little goes a long way." Adding a little abstract pattern livens up a space and adds visual interest. An abstract patterned rug would provide color inspiration for an entire room. There were even several vendors at Market that were selling handcrafted lamps with more sophisticated abstract patterns, perfect for more transitional spaces.

Gold Tones – Although I saw chrome and silver tones slowly making their way back into the design hemisphere, gold tones were still at the forefront of the accessories and lighting Market in Atlanta. Brighter, brassier versions of past markets are making way for warmer, richer tones of gold. A micro-trend that is certainly noteworthy were the material combinations fusing gold with woods, lucite or used as a wash over organic elements. The gold rush is still very much alive and well, in Atlanta and Markets across the U.S. How I would style it – Gold is the standard in the interiors market and was highlighted in most collections. I've always thought gold looked best paired with other metals for a more timeless look. It's a metal that looks good in a cross range of products, from lighting to side tables and accessories. There were so many stellar lighting introductions at market, and gold tones lend such a warmth to a room. So in a space, think lighting and accessories for bringing home a little gold, and mixing it with a little silver.

About Vicki

Vicki brings design inspiration, humor and a dash of "joie de vivre" to thousands every month through her popular design blog The Ace of Space. Considered an industry expert and trend forecaster, Vicki has appeared in magazines such as Elle Décor Mexico, HGTV, Atlanta HOME, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. Her interior design and lifestyle blog has been recognized nationally and is a three-time finalist for Best Writing and Best Overall Design Blog at the DBC. Vicki has worked with national brands such as Kohler, Simon Pearce and Legrand as a Brand Partner and is a frequent contributor to industry articles and blogs. She is a highly sought-after Trend Scout for various interiors markets and is currently working on her first book, which is scheduled for release in Winter 2016. When she is not traveling the globe for her blog, Vicki resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, daughter and menagerie of pets.

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