Selecting the Right Flooring for Back to Work


As businesses begin to welcome employees back to the workplace, safety and wellness are top of mind.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance to assist with the reopening, and states: “Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that will require careful planning.” 

To be sure, designers and facility managers are faced with multiple challenges in creating the “new” workplace for today.  They are looking at everything from innovative lighting technologies that can kill mold and fungus to adding sleek new desk dividers that create division between co-workers.  

One area of the workplace that should not be overlooked is the floor covering.  Typically the largest usable surface area of any commercial interior, it can impact occupants’ health and safety.

Better Employee Health Through Improved Indoor Air Quality

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2-to-5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. 

There is a misperception that carpet does not contribute to improved indoor air quality. Independent studies, however, show carpet can actually improve an environment’s IAQ. For example, a 2014 published study – “A Comparative Study of Walking-Induced Dust Resuspension Using a Consistent Test Mechanism” – shows a carpeted floor produced fewer airborne particles than other hard surfaces when walked upon.


A separate study in 2012 showed that when carpet is cleaned in a traditional manner, it significantly decreases the amount of airborne allergens. Presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference, it was published under the title of “Properly Cleaned Carpet OK for People with Asthma.”

So how does carpet improve IAQ?  According to Carpet and Rug Institute, both of these studies – and similar ones – highlight carpet’s inherent ability to “trap allergens and other particles so they can be easily vacuumed away.”  Smooth or hard surface floors, conversely, allow dust and other allergens to collect and then re-circulate into the breathing zone.

According to the Asthma Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergy each year.  Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., and are is the most common health issue affecting children.  

With its ability to sequester allergens and other particles, carpet can play an important role in creating healthier spaces – whether for offices, schools or hotels. 


What’s Next: More Carpet Advantages for Health and Safety

Beyond improving indoor air quality, carpet is proven as a low emitter of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Studies show that it can prevent slips and improve acoustics. These advantages are essential for today’s Covid-19 built environment, where enhancing occupant wellness and safety must be the first priority.   

Our next blog topic will be on VOCs, followed by slip prevention and acoustics.

So check back with us frequently. In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions or if we can provide more information.  


Resources for Designers Navigating COVID-19

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With the design industry in various stages of uncertainty and even suspension, we know that many professionals are searching for opportunities to better meet their work needs and further their craft. We’ve pulled together a list of resources from various organizations  that can help with the variety of the challenges designers may be facing today. 

ASID’s COVID-19 Resource Links Webpage

ASID has a comprehensive COVID-19 webpage with links to reliable, industry-leading sources reporting on Coronavirus updates in real time. These links are categorized by the topics of business, government and inspirational stories, and provides helpful information for everything from small business loans to navigating Internet security.

Hospitality Design Magazine’s Webinar – Current State of the Hospitality Industry

Gain a deeper understanding of the current economic outlook for the hospitality industry in this free webinar, currently housed on Hospitality Design’s website. An industry leader discusses U.S. hospitality renovation and construction projects, how they are being impacted by the pandemic, and what this means for hospitality industry professionals moving forward. 

Contract Magazine — Multivitamin Blog

Contract is putting faces to the design industry with its new blog, the Multivitamin. In each blog post, a designer muses over their thoughts on the current state of events, their experience working from home, how they manage their team or business, and what personal projects they are spending time with. These casual, thoughtful articles are a great way to feel connected with other members of the industry and remember that we are all in this together!

Interior Design — DesignTV

For those of us who are searching for design inspiration and a way to feel connected with the industry as a whole, Interior Design magazine’s newest initiative is a great place to turn. DesignTV offers free, varied video programming with industry leaders. These presentations and discussions feature topics such as working from home, designing for wellness, finding creativity and more. These daily episodes are only half an hour to an hour long, making them a great addition to your afternoon workflow. 

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Workplace Resources Guide

This comprehensive webpage has scores of information relating to small business resources and supporting your team with financial assistance. Plus, they regularly host free webinars on topics such as managing mental health during COVID-19.

Facebook’s Small Business Grant Program

This social media giant is offering up to 30,000 grants to businesses with between 2 – 50 employees that have experienced challenges relating to the pandemic. This grant is a great opportunity to assist with ongoing business costs and employee support during a time of uncertainty.

Massive Open Online Courses

For those of us who are in a holding pattern and may have some extra freetime to use on personal education, Artsy has compiled a list of free university-level art education courses that can be completed online. These fascinating classes cover topics like Ancient Egyptian Archeology, Avante-Garde art history and Photography Basics, and may present the opportunity for inspiration in future design projects.

Have you come across any other useful resources for design professionals? Please email us your thoughts at or connect with us on social at @ZeftronNylon.


Spring Color and Pattern Trends Sweeping Commercial Interior Design

The First Day of Spring is one of the most transformational moments of the year. We pack up our winter clothes, open our windows, and let the warm air and floral blooms shift us towards the mindset of lighter, longer days.

This year, Spring feels a little bit more stressful than usual due to the coronavirus and our current state of events. Although we will all be spending more time working from home and less time socializing, design innovations and trends will persist with the seasonal change.

In welcoming a new Spring, we tend to think about aesthetics and environments becoming brighter, fresher and bolder. But every Spring is different! What will 2020 hold in terms of colors, patterns and design trends?

We’ve done our research, and we’re excited to share some major trends that are going to be shaping commercial design this year – from hospitality and offices to everything in between.

Three Spring Color Trends Leading the Way for 2020

Bright and bold color choices will dominate this season:

In keeping with Spring tradition, we’re seeing bright and bold colors trend this season. Statement colors such as scarlet red, chive green, coral pink and saffron yellow have all made an appearance in architectural projects, product design, and even across fashion runways. Three months into 2020, we’re also seeing Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, achieve mainstream popularity in almost every facet of pop culture and design.

Two-tone color combinations create a cohesive yet funky feeling:

In accordance with our bright and colorful trend, many spaces are being designed with two-tone colors. Two-tone design typically involves pairing a light and airy shade with a darker color to help ground the room. For example, Chive Green can be paired with a Pastel Green to create a digestible yet energizing environment. Designing in two-tone is the latest iteration of color blocking, which many designers will know was invented in the 1940’s and has been revived in the age of Instagram.

Natural color combinations are everywhere:

While statement colors are making quite the splash this Spring, there’s certainly another major trend shaping design: natural color combinations. As the world continues to grow more chaotic due to current events, we’re seeing a prevalence in color groupings that stimulate relaxation and provide a sense of escape for visitors. Natural color combinations this Spring involve light beiges, blues, greens, grays and purples. This is in keeping with Zeftron’s Serenity Spa color trends prediction, and creates the ideal environment for healthcare spaces where calm and serenity are needed most.

Spring Pattern Trends Taking Over 2020

Biophilic patterns mimic nature and promote relaxation:

Biophilic design, or the practice of incorporating more nature into space, color and shape, is taking interior design by storm. The evidence is clear that biophilic design stimulates happier feelings and more productive tendencies among building occupants. So if you’re a fan of the biophilic trend, you’re in luck! We’re seeing it reflected in this year’s biggest Spring patterns across carpets, wallpapers, and fabrics. Examples include repeating lines, dots, and wave patterns that mimic nature expression.

Neon tropics create a bright and eye-catching aesthetic:

Bold colors, abstract design and overlapping imagery are combined in one of the most memorable design trends of this season: neon tropics. This bright trend embodies many designers’ goal to create something memorable and unique for their clients that feels like a one-of-a-kind experience. We’ll be seeing neon tropics replicated as statement pieces such as carpets, wall paper, and upholstery across hospitality spaces this Spring.

Mix and match geometric patterns create intrigue:

The final major pattern trend that is sweeping Spring 2020 design is mix + match geometry. This niche, eye-catching pattern is a combination of biophilic influences mixed with color blocking. This pattern can be utilized as an accent or as an all-encompassing aesthetic for a space, to create something that feels intrinsically 2020.

With so much uncertainty in the air this Spring, and the unknown state of our industry in the next few months, focusing on trending colors and patterns is a great way to infuse inspiration into this season. 

In particular, color and pattern trends this Spring are pointing the way towards unique, bold and authentic spaces that tell a story. How are you planning to incorporate these trends in your commercial designs this year?

Let us know your thoughts by tagging us on social at @ZeftronNylon.


How the Color Red Can Energize Your Design

The color red is one of the visual staples of our intentionally designed world (it’s a primary color!), yet it is also a highly powerful color that can create a multitude of feelings, depending on how it is utilized.

For example, to many, red represents energy and action. For others, it symbolizes romance, passion and glamour. It can elicit a sense of patriotism or religious devotion. Red can even represent anger or stress, depending on the setting.

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, when the color red is synonymous with the celebration of love, we’re taking a look at this highly emotional color and how it can be used in impactful ways in different commercial design applications.

Hospitality and Dining

Because of red’s association with energy, it can be an appropriate color choice for a hospitality environment that wants to express a sense of bold design. Bright pops of red can stimulate excitement among guests when paired with the right combination of furniture and decor. 

When utilizing red in a hospitality dining space, red can actually enhance appetite and conversation among guests. Designers often opt to include red booths or lighting accessories in restaurants for this reason. In more casual dining spaces, a bright red encourages excitement and fun; in high-end spaces, a dark red creates a feeling of intimacy and an enveloping atmosphere.

In a hotel setting, adding red elements to a lobby or guest room can result in a luxury look. Primary red carpets and draperies can elicit the feeling of “old hollywood” design when paired with retro furniture pieces and high-quality materials such as silk. Alternatively, an autumnal red can result in a natural, relaxing hotel design when paired with wood, metal and stone materials – especially when incorporating natural light and indoor / outdoor accessibility.

In particular, the addition of dark red in hospitality spaces is a major trend for 2020. As we identified in our Color Trends 2020 outlook report about which color combinations are going to be driving design this year, there is a renewed focus on rich, glamorous and bold color combinations that reflect the opulence of the Roaring Twenties. This combination includes regal reds, blues, and dashes of metallic colors that create a feeling  of high energy in hospitality environments.

Commercial Office Design

When it comes to an office or workspace setting, red is a visually stimulating color that can infuse energy and spark productivity, when used intentionally.

Many individuals may find the color red to be overbearing in an office space when used excessively – think all red walls in a small room. Because of this, designers will find success utilizing red as a pop of color in an otherwise neutral room. A bright red burst of color can include a red chair, small red accents in a wall paper, or a red picture frame – these can all be used to trigger a sense of much-needed energy during the day.

Red can also be utilized in concentrated spaces throughout an office to enhance team energy in group settings. A specific room in a commercial office with a focus on the color red can signal a shift in gears for those who enter from more neutral-toned rooms, creating a great space for collaboration, brainstorming and teamwork. 

Educational Design

Red is one of the most popular color options for use in educational spaces. Red’s energizing nature is a great way to encourage physical activity and excitement. In the sports arena of educational institutions, red can be found in locker rooms, gyms and stadiums. Because it pairs well with natural colors such as wood, it’s also a great color addition for a space that relies heavily on this material such as a basketball court.

Red is also regarded as one of the most reliable colors to use in a classroom setting, due to its ability to stimulate the brain, spur action and even improve performance. In primary schools, combining a bright red with other bright colors such as blue, yellow and green can evoke a sense of playfulness that children find intriguing. In university applications, utilizing a dark red carpet or stadium seating can stimulate energy while enhancing concentration.

Are You Red-y To Use Red?

The color red is a highly versatile design tool that designers can harness to make their designs stand out from the rest. Whether it be a hospitality, office or an educational application, red’s many shades and strengths can be used to encourage certain emotions, activities or thought patterns within a space.

To learn more about how you can utilize different shades of red  in commercial carpet products, reach out to Zeftron!

And to download our Color Trends 2020 Report, click here!



What will be the colors driving commercial interior design in 2020?  We’ve got some answers!

We are proud to announce a new design inspiration resource for commercial interior designers and tastemakers: The Zeftron Color Trends 2020.

Our Color Trends 2020 is a compilation of major color themes emerging for the year ahead.  Curated from a variety sources, it offers designers a chance to explore, ponder and ultimately create new designs that are on point with the color trends soon to be taking place across office, hospitality and other commercial interior settings. This is sure to encompass interior design trends, including popular interior paint colors and carpet choices in 2020.

Here’s our color vision for the year ahead….

Country Comfort Collection – Defined by warm, natural and inviting hues, this color palette sets the tone for comfort, inspired by old world architecture and the warmth of rolling fields.  As residential design continues its influence on the contract market, these muted earth, wood and sunlight tones create spaces that feel more like home than a work environment.  

Eclectic Edge Collection – Glamorous, bold and exciting, this collection embodies the fearlessness in design that is pushing the boundaries today.  Reminiscent of the opulence of the Roaring Twenties, colors of the Eclectic Edge Collection are reflected in dashes of golds, metallics and regal reds and blues. The collection creates a sense of majesty and unbridled energy for hotel design and other hospitality environments.

Serenity Spa Collection – We need serenity in our fast-paced, deadline-driven, technology-fueled world.  The Serenity Spa Collection creates a sense of relaxation with harmonizing shades inspired by nature’s most serene destinations.  Soft blues, grays and greens bring pale blue skies, ocean breezes and open fields to life in this light and airy compilation. Colors within the Serenity Spa Collection are ideal for healthcare design and other spaces where calm, restoration, wellness and serenity are needed most.  

Download the Color Trends 2020 

We invite you to view the entire Color Trends 2020.  Our PDF booklet contains the three main color themes identified for 2020.  It also includes inspirational mood-board images, design ideas and tips, and the specific Zeftron colors that can bring your commercial design ideas to life!

Let your inspiration and creativity to flow free:  Download your free booklet here!

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As a premium nylon supplier for commercial carpet, we understand the critical role color plays in designing spaces – spaces that evoke emotion, connection and a strong sense of place.  We hope Color Trends 2020 ignites a creative spark to fuel design possibilities for commercial carpet made with Zeftron nylon.

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Zeftron Nylon Brings New Art-Inspired Encore Hospitality Carpet Collection to Life

Our mill partner, Encore Hospitality Carpet, debuted their new Montage Collection at this year’s Boutique Design New York. Inspired by art in its various forms, styles, and techniques, Montage consists of more than 30 new broadloom carpet designs in multiple colorways and patterns. Featuring the exceptional color quality for which Zeftron is known, and manufactured with Encore’s state-of-the-art Colorpoint and Infinity technologies, the collection offers sophisticated and contemporary styles for guest rooms, corridors, and public spaces.

A Masterful Collaboration

Encore’s product design team skillfully utilized Zeftron to bring its vision for the Montage Collection to life. Only Zeftron – with its complete color palette of more than 120 colors and its easy-to-use styling flexibility – could create the desired look of the collection. Montage’s patterns showcase an all-encompassing appreciation of art, from modern graphic structures to previously hidden, but now unearthed and discovered masterpieces. A truly unique mosaic of patterns and motifs, all designs within the collection incorporate elements of curated pieces obtained over time, displayed to inspire and be enjoyed by others.

Montage’s sophisticated color palette reflects a focus of warm greys and indigo. Some of the colors chosen from the Zeftron palette include Blue Stone, Midnight Orchid, Marshwood, Puritan Grey, Sand, and Cedar. The colors bring a mid-century modern aesthetic, combining a richness and masculinity with soft feminine touches from lighter earth tones. Accents of blush tones in both brick rusts and nude beiges highlight the designs with visual layering.

“While art might be one of the simplest ways to express creativity and individual expression, it is often the most impactful,” said Encore Hospitality Carpet Creative Director Lisa Herreth. “The Montage collection was designed to create comforting hospitality spaces, with plush, impactful carpet embellishing the environment. And, just like art, the patterns and motifs can be subtly incorporated into any commercial space as an alluring backdrop or can stand alone to make a bold, attractive statement. Whatever the need, Montage can serve as a designer’s muse.”

With its passion for the arts, Encore is donating a portion of each Montage style specified to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a public charity that provides art and music supplies to children and young adults throughout the world.

Personalization and Performance

Custom colorations are available to personalize the design scheme for virtually any hospitality and commercial space-based on desired aesthetic or budget.

The Montage styles are available in various ounce weights to suit a variety of project performance and budget requirements. Further, Zeftron backs all Montage styles containing Zeftron yarns with lifetime warranties. Montage products can also contribute to LEED points since Zeftron is an MBDC Cradle to Cradle certified brand that comes standard with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content in every color.

Designers wanting more information can visit the Encore website. And to learn more about the high-quality Zeftron colors that made the collection possible, visit our Colorline page.



5 Unexpected Fall Colors to Inspire Your Next Design

As October creeps toward November, fall is in full force. Even in the South, where summer is reluctant to release its humid grip, the colors of the new season are beginning to emerge. And what colors! This change of season is one of nature’s most spectacular shows. The leaves change, shortening days soften the sun’s light, and approaching holidays put us all in a cozier mood. It’s the perfect inspiration for a design made to comfort and inspire feelings of warmth. But while browns, oranges, and reds may jump to mind when thinking of fall, there’s more to the season’s palette than these tried and true shades. Here are five less expected colors that fall has to offer.

Grass: For many, fall means football. And while your front lawn may be fading to a soft brown or yellow, in stadiums across America, fields both natural and artificial are showing their proud colors. Whether it’s high school games under the Friday night lights, college football Saturdays, or tailgating on Sunday, football fields are a big part of what makes fall special. And it allows us to hold onto this soothing natural shade a little longer before winter blots it out.

Regal Blue: As the year draws to a close and days grow shorter, darker skies greet us as we wake up in the morning and twilight approaches earlier in the evening. But rather than mourning the loss of daylight, celebrate the beautiful, deep blue that lends autumn a moody, even spooky air. This velvety shade adds an instantly lush vibe to any design that uses it.

Citrine: When you think of fall yellows, you might imagine deep golden hues that seem to glow from within or bright citrus shades with hints of orange. But the sun lighting these scenes has its own soft yellow light. It slips through clouds to fall on leaves drifting to the ground. It will grow even more pale as winter approaches. But for now its buttery beams are like Golden Hour all day long.

True Burgundy: While the turkey may steal the show at Thanksgiving, we have to highlight the most colorful dish on the holiday table: cranberry sauce. This lusciously saturated shade captures the mood of the season with rich undertones of red and purple. Add it to your next design for a pop of color that toes the line between intense and subtle.

Sundried: We couldn’t really talk about fall colors without some shade of orange or red, and this rusty color is the best of both worlds. It also perfectly taps into the trend of warmer colors that we’re seeing in design right now. It can easily stand out against beige or taupe neutrals or blend with other shades of red, orange, or yellow.

What are your favorite colors of the season? How do you like to incorporate them into your designs? Share with us in the comments and learn about Zeftron’s extensive range of colors here:


Zeftron and Marabella Partner To Create a Custom Rug for Renowned Boston Area University

A renowned Boston university’s business school recently renovated its lobby atrium with a bold look intended to create a more contemporary looking space. The university turned to Marabella to create a unique, custom-designed rug for the space.  Yet this rug was no “ordinary” rug.  It needed to withstand the atrium’s heavy foot traffic, work seamlessly alongside a hard surface and match the space’s overall design aesthetic.

Standing Up to Extreme Foot Traffic

Because of its location, the atrium endures constant foot-traffic from students, staff, and visitors. This heavy usage meant that the flooring needed to be durable and easy to clean.  Key to this was to have a rug product with a highly dense construction, pile height and a nylon of the highest quality.

With these requirements, it made perfect sense for Marabella to partner with Zeftron.  Only Zeftron offers superior styling and construction flexibility. Additionally, Zeftron’s tumble autoclave heat-setting generates a denser product with more bulk, providing the durability and performance essential for the new atrium.

“Marabella is committed to providing the best quality product to meet any flooring requests from our customers. In creating this unique, custom rug, we knew that Zeftron would be the only nylon that would provide both the vibrant color palette and the durability needed for the space,” shared Cindy Keasler, Designer and Project Manager at Marabella Carpets. “We’re proud to deliver a rug fit for this high profile and high traffic area that is essentially bulletproof, stain-resistant and brings an amazing creative element to the space.”

Fashioning the Perfect Rug

Instead of a traditional broadloom carpet covering the entire atrium, the school wanted a unique, customized rug that would cover a majority of the space, integrating with some hard surface areas. Although Marabella typically creates rugs that are 12’ broadloom, to best suit these requirements, they determined that four identical 20’x20’ rugs would provide the perfect result. For each custom rug, they constructed two 12’ rugs, seamed together. They then removed two feet from each piece to achieve the right dimensions. The final cut (vs. loop) product was created on a CYP machine, with a face weight of 45 oz. Backing included an action back, followed by a non-skid back, with vinyl edging. Special care was taken to prevent the rug from rolling up and causing tripping hazards.

Vivid Patterns and Bold Colors

Marabella offers a variety of vibrant patterns in cutting-edge styles. The school’s designer selected one featuring bold geometric shapes and figures. To curate a custom color combination and make the pattern pop, the designer then chose from a Zeftron pom set made up of our entire 125-plus full-spectrum of colors. The school’s colors of red and green became the lead hues, while accent colors of black, blue, ecru, and yellow harmonized with the primary colors, while balancing out the stronger hues. When the custom colors and the exciting pattern came together, the result was a modern, contemporary, and as Keasler put it, “funky” combination that neatly reflected the school’s spirit.

“We wanted to blend more useful furniture with a bold look to counter-act the traditional design of the building. Marabella and Zeftron allowed us to quickly create a custom flooring solution to meet not only our design aesthetic but also withstand the high traffic of the space,” shared the university’s designer.

Putting the Customer First

Neither Marabella nor Zeftron specializes in rug products. Yet both share an uncommon “customer-first” approach to finding the right solution. This mindset—coupled with Marabella’s exceptional design and manufacturing expertise, and Zeftron’s superior nylon—made this unique project a major success.

To learn about our extensive and rich color palette and how commercial carpet made with Zeftron can help you achieve the perfect look for your next project, visit our Design Process page.


Zeftron Delivers More with Profile Booklet

Imagine holding in your hands the story of Zeftron nylon. What would that story include? Over 40 years of innovation, performance, and sustainability. Crisp, vibrant colors that help you bring your design vision to life. That’s what our recently created profile booklet is all about.

We’ve distilled it all into a booklet available as a download or physical copy to introduce designers and specifiers to Zeftron as well as to remind our trusted partners about the elements that make our yarn system unique. What you’ll find inside are the core pillars of our company that have stood the test of time.

Clear, Vibrant Colors

Our premium solution-dyed nylon is available in an extensive range of colors. So whatever you dream up for your design, there’s a Zeftron color to help bring it to life.


Carpets made with Zeftron nylon stand up to the toughest commercial environments. From hotels and conference centers to airports and corporate offices, Zeftron nylon fibers will remain vibrant and beautiful.


Zeftron nylon is fully Cradle to Cradle Certified™ and made with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. We’re committed to sustainability and keeping carpet waste out of landfills so that our environment remains as beautiful as our product for generations to come.


At Zeftron, we truly value our customers. So whether it’s creating a custom color to suit your unique project or standing behind our product with lifetime warranties, we’re here for you.

Want to learn more about Zeftron nylon? Download our profile booklet today. 


The Top 5 Color Trends We Spotted at NeoCon 2019

For much of the country, June means the start of summer and all that brings: vacations, beach reads, and warmer temperatures. But in the contract design world, June means one thing: NeoCon. The annual convention is an opportunity to launch new products, celebrate inspired design, and forecast trends. We spent three whirlwind days in Chicago soaking up the sights and shades and we’ve sorted through it all to bring you what we believe are the biggest trends of the year.

Trend #1: Grayed Out Palettes

Millennial Pink has dominated modern color palettes for years with its soft, nearly neutral take on the bubblegum shade of decades past. Now, it seems that designers are applying the same treatment to other hues. We saw everything from blues to greens to oranges toned down with grays for a softer, more sophisticated feel. Even patterns got the gray treatment. Shades of charcoal, slate, and ash were shot through with brighter colors to give off a complex, textured feel.

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Trend #2: Saturated Colors

On the other end of the spectrum, some designers turned up the volume with saturated hues that popped against more neutral backgrounds. Many were laced with elements of white or gray for crispness, and bright shades formed focal points to highlight standout product design. Meanwhile, some designers went for all-out clashing, dipping into opposite sides of the color wheel for maximum contrast.

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Trend #3: Yellows and Oranges

Whether softened with gray tones or dialed all the way up, sunny shades of yellow and orange stole the show in many displays. Perhaps designers were inspired by Pantone’s summery choice of Living Coral for its 2019 color of the year. Or they could be looking ahead to the latest color of the moment: Gen Z Yellow. This color of the next big generation was in evidence in many booths, displacing its mellower predecessor, Millennial Pink. A few steps away on the color wheel, the oranges of 2019 tend towards rusty terracotta shades that pair well with the gray, taupe, and blond wood popular in many modern designs.

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Trend #4: Metallics

Trends always seem to go in cycles. So as we’ve seen the resurgence of midcentury-modern design and eighties and nineties styles in fashion, it was only a matter of time before the high-tech metallics of the early 2000s reappeared. And with the new millennium nearing its third decade, we might be seeing the first hint of this trend. The metallic elements at NeoCon 2019 ranged from subtle sheens and accents among the grayed-out palettes to coated fabrics that seemed to step straight out of sci-fi.

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Trend #5: Bauhaus is Back

With 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school’s founding, several designers paid homage to the original modernist movement. Geometric prints composed of primary colors evoked the back to basics aesthetic the movement espoused while softly colored versions and the prominence of plaid in many displays seemed to give a subtle nod to the style with an updated twist.

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As we move into the second half of the year, we’ll be bringing you our take on the rising trends we think will be prominent in future designs. What colors are you hoping will surge to popularity?