Lights, Camera, HD Expo!

Lights, Camera, HD Expo!

Every year, our team at JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE looks forward to the HD Expo, a leading trade show and conference for the hospitality design community hosted by Hospitality Design magazine. We always enjoy connecting with designers from across the country for a few days of inspiration and networking. 

Team members Lizzie Ager, Kelsey McCarrel, Danielle Vassallo and Erin Chant attended this year’s event. Here are some of their key takeaways:

  • The 1970s are making a comeback with a fresh perspective. Warm colors like rust, olive green and gold with metals and textural fabrics (think velvet) juxtapose clean, modern lines to provide a retro yet contemporary experience. 
  • Large format prints and graphics are in! Pairing these with simple lines and neutral colors makes a big impact in any space.
  • Outdoor furniture had a very large presence this year, reinforcing the strong influence of indoor-outdoor spaces. 
  • The millennial pink color trend was very strong in upholstery fabrics, falling in line with current color forecasts and preferences for warmer, softer colors. Other muted pastels and plenty of grays and turmeric yellow shades with pops of blue were also prevalent across multiple product categories. 
  • Bolder colors were seen in the carpet category, with varying hues of blue, aquamarine and turmeric yellow. Carpet has moved toward a highly textural look, through varying pile heights that add dimension and interest onto the floor.
  • As the lines between hospitality, residential and commercial design continue to blur, design aesthetics are pushing more into the luxury realm. For example, there was a strong presence of porcelain and ceramic tile, as these products are great for mimicking natural stone, which usually comes with a higher price point.