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HOME: DESIGNER TRENDS
  SHAY GEYER
Mixing It Up | Owner & Designer
IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Frisco, TX
  THE TRANSITIONAL ASPECT OF THIS [MIXED METALS AND WOODS] TREND GIVES CONSUMERS FLEXIBILITY SO THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO REDO THEIR INTERIORS EVERY TIME TRENDS CHANGE. — Shay Geyer
1. ND: What decor trends are you excited about for 2018?
Shay Geyer, IBB Design Fine Furnishings: One of the trends that I’m excited about that has emerged over the last  ve years continues
to grow bigger and bigger, and that’s mixing metals in di erent  nishes. We are seeing it on furniture, lighting, home accessories, etc. It’s popping up everywhere. For example, you might have brass mixed with brushed nickel; polished brass with polished nickel; bronze with brass; black and brass; it goes on. We also see it in wood  nishes. For the interior of a home it might be lighter  oors contrasted with case good pieces in a darker richer wood. These trends lend themselves to creating a layered interior aesthetic that provides the consumer with a timeless quality.
As far as colors go, blue is all over the market and won’t be going anywhere – it’s classic. Red will be coming out even more, and emerald green is popular as well. There are
a lot of colors in interiors that cycle right behind fashion trends.
2. ND: What is the bene t of these trends for consumers?
SG: The need for this trend developed
from people wanting to be conscious about what they are putting into their home. The consumer, in general, is more educated because of the Internet. Because traditional furniture sets are going away and pieces are more individual and complementary, it’s easier to move things from room to room with this trend. You can play musical chairs with your pieces to give accents and furniture new life in a new space. That way you aren’t spending money on entirely new sets of furniture or accents.
3. ND: What impact has or will this trend have on the furniture and home accent businesses?
SG: This trend is going to be great. There are a lot of cool designs coming out the
marketplace that o er  exibility. People can mix metals on furniture and mix  nishes. There’s a lot more creativity behind this process. It’s a more personal and more tailored way of designing products. And because of the transitional aspect of this trend, it gives consumers  exibility so
they don’t feel like they have to redo their interiors every time trends change.
4. ND: How are your clients customizing this trend in their homes?
SG: My clients are so excited about the mixing of metals  nishes. They want a look that is unique to them. Manufacturers have paid attention, and now you can customize things so easily. Even fabrics, wallpaper and bedding... there are so many ways we can make custom pieces for each client.
5. ND: How can you maximize mixed material home furnishings and accents? SG: A huge bene t of this trend is not having to change an entire home décor as trends change. We may inject new accessories, but we don’t always have to replace big pieces or start from scratch. You can mix your metals and  nishes and repurpose pieces from your other spaces.
6. ND: What resources are available at Dallas Market Center for  nding mixed material pieces?
SG: Taylors o ers such a mix of product. They have lighting, accessories, home accents... their showroom is great way to keep up with trends. They do such a great job and it’s such an easy showroom to shop with a wide range of products to source.
The lighting resources are so easy to
shop as well. You are seeing more lighting manufacturers o er mixed  nishes. Crystorama Lighting is a great resource – the price is great and they have a beautiful collection that has a wide range of entry and dining pendant designs. You can get those mixed  nishes inside one showroom.
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