Loft kitchen with tiled floor and modern white cabinetry on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor)

Over the summer I spent over two days touring the showrooms of AmericasMart, for the bi-annual Home & Gift Show that happens in July and January. It’s the leading wholesale marketplace with both temporary and permanent showrooms in over 7 million square feet and three building complexes. It’s thrilling (and exhausting!) to have access to so many manufacturer’s product lines and designer collections all in one place. I was part of AmericasMart’s Style Your Season team, which consisted of industry influencers covering the top trends of the show. I explored the home and rug floors to find the common threads linking all of the new product I was seeing and found some top trends that I predict will be leading motifs in 2017 home decor. Below, you’ll find images of some of my favorite products I saw at market with links to their manufacturer’s websites. Since these products are sold to the trade, let me know if you’re interested in sourcing anything. Otherwise, I have product guides under each category that you can shop directly from my favorite brands. If you’re interested in attending AmericasMart this winter or summer, check out their Home & Gift show schedule, and see what trends the rest of the Style Your Season team found at market here. Find all of my trend predictions after the jump!


Modern easy-going California living room with a pale tufted sofa and pierced metal pendant light on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Thou Swell: Malibu Living Room)

Pierced lighting design trend from AmericasMart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(1: Zenza pendants, 2: Parker pendant, 3: Mortimer Chandelier, 4: Siena Pendant)

Pierced lighting / Statement pendants could be found in many market vignettes, often metal pieces with sculptural textures or shapes. Wire pendants and pierced or mesh metals with smaller profiles could be found in many showrooms, such as the pierced orb pendants at Zenza, a brass mesh chandelier from Noir Furniture, a lively red wire pendant from Currey & Co., and shapely pendants at Control Brand.

Hobnail pitcher from Anthropologie on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Anthropologie – Hobnail Pitcher)

Hobnail design trend from AmericasMart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
(1: Djembe Collection, 2: Canvas Home: Pomegranate Glassaware, 3: Djembe Champagne Cooler, 4: Urchin Table Lamp)

New hobnail / Hobnail is a traditional texture for glassware and pitchers, especially on milk glass pieces, but I found the raised bumps on dinnerware and décor at Lunares with a more global perspective, on sculptural gray table lamps at Noir Furniture, and in a more typical setting on pale green glassware at Canvas Home. The texture lends itself well to modern applications and brings a 3D aspect to both simple or ornate designs.

Brushstroke decor trend, Arty Linen fabric by Pierre Frey in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Pierre Frey: Arty Linen)

Brushstroke decor trend from AmericasMart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(1: Design Legacy Textiles, 2: Primavera Vase, 3: Salamanca Dinnerware, 4: The Blush Label Fabric)

Brushstroke / Finding handmade elements and artisanal finishes was a common motif among the new home collections. Not only does it suggest the influence of maker movements, it reflects a desire for consumers to find traces of the artist or designers behind a piece. I found this element in several dinnerware collections at Canvas Home, in the handmade Italian floral vases and serve ware at Fortunata, and in many new fabric collections including The Blush Label for Taylor Burke Home and Design Legacy.

Woven leather lounge chair in white Scandinavian living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The Style Files)

Woven leather and upholstery decor trend from AmericasMart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(1: Sussex Side Chair, 2: Utah Rug, 3: Indian Bed, 4: Orebro Arm Chair)

Woven textures / Leather is quite the traditional material, but this market saw many pieces using both leather and cowhide in woven and stitched patterns, including patterned rugs and woven leather on seating. From chairs in Oly Studio to rugs at Zuo Modern, this material is no longer solely for traditional upholstery or raw hides. Similarly, woven elements in other materials became a common theme, such as on chairs at Control Brand and a daybed from Bunakara.

Blue water diptych artwork in coastal beach living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via BLackband Design)

Diptych and triptych artwork decor trend from AmericasMart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(1,2: Art Addiction, 3: Zoe Bios Creative)

Triptychs and diptychs / Many art galleries brought new collections and artists to market, but the common thread through all of the showrooms was the presence of more triptychs and diptychs. Even in other showrooms, these multi-paned pieces made their way into furniture vignettes, as large-scale pieces with more flexibility than single works. From painting and prints to photography, many mediums were represented in this trend, as captured from the Zoe Bios Creative and Art Addiction galleries.

Living room with leather channel tufted sofa on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Rue Magazine)

Channel tufting decor trend from AmericasMart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
(1: Antwerp Club Chair, 2: Bobo Intriguing Objects Chaise, 3: JDouglas Bench, 4: Raoul Chair)

Channel tufting / One of my favorite trends of the market was the presence of velvet seating with contemporary, linear channel tufting. This upholstery gives depth and dimension to pieces with simple lines, such as the jewel-toned chaise and square club chairs from Bobo Intriguing Objects, and the modern bench from JDouglas.

Which trends do you think will make it big in 2017?

This post is sponsored by AmericasMart, but all text, images (unless otherwise credited), and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

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  1. Margaret wrote:

    Really great article! I just had my living room done by the people over at https://www.furnishr.com/ – and I needed some inspiration for finishing touches and I think I found it!

    Posted 2.5.17 Reply
  2. franki wrote:

    Feeling good…I “scored really well” on your picks!! Yay!! franki

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply

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