Vegas Baby! Yes, Dawn Cook Design, Blulens, and Monarch Interiors hit the road and traveled to Design and Construction Week in Vegas. Schedules lined up and we were able to visit five trade shows all relevant to our industry and see alot of inspiring design as well. It’s never boring in this “Disney World” for adults, and there was definitely a common theme across all the shows – maybe it was the luxury of the Strip but GOLD is back and it was present across all product lines!
For a long time, people have preferred cool tones in metals: lighting, plumbing, and hardware, even in furniture finishes. Last year, we blogged about how mixed metals were making a come back. But it has taken awhile to catch up in actual product offerings. Gold used to be very traditional. Brass finishes were super old school and the more transitional clients couldn’t find a modern look that worked in warmer tones.
Well things are heating up and gold was all over the place. Clients are now requesting brass finishes all the time and they want a more modern or more transitional styling. Now they can get it. Gold eludes a sense of confidence, elegance, and grandeur. I think there is a desire to go back to an aged or gilded feel in some of these metals.
And the gold isn’t always muted down. It was in your face, shiny, sparkly, and bright. Rohl and Kohler had new introductions in plumbing gold finishes. Hard surfaces showed it strong in lighting, plumbing, cabinet finishes, and door and drapery hardware. Robert Abbey and Noir showed fantastic new modern lighting in gold finishes. Even Ann Sacks came out with gorgeous metallic tiles that were bronzed to perfection.
Accessories and furniture companies were “all about the brass”, mirrors, cocktail and side tables, and even accents on upholstery such as nailheads and legs took on a warmer finishes. One of our favorite vendors, Phillips Collection, had new mirror and wall accents that we all fell in love with. Also one of our favorite art vendors , Natural Curiosities, had gilded angel wings to show off, definitely an ethereal quality in gold.
We can’t get enough of this new look and plan to use this warmer shift in metals. While we have been doing it for awhile now, it is so refreshing to have materials available to specify in our upcoming designs. So while silver is stellar, get your glam on and be ready for the gold!
And of course we had a lot of fun too, how can you not?
Jen, Sadie, Dawn and Linda at the Mead Lake overlook, on our way to the Hoover Dam.