Accents with Wood Grains
The latest international trade shows, with the most recent one in Milan, Italy, gave an insight into this year's trend for the type of decorations that wood based panels will be moving towards.
Klaus Monhoff, head of decor management in EGGER group, identifies three areas as the trend that wood surfaces will follow. " The interplay of multiple colours and natural shades, the dissolation of woodgrain decorations and the combination of textures and unicolours."
In a brief explanation, uni colors are single-coloured decors. They are extremely versatile and always set accents whether used on their own or with woodgrain or fantasy decors.
When designs, the furniture industry has abandoned traditions. For the last few years, it has become difficult to find designs in the furniture industry that uses woodgrain decorations exclusively.
The international between uni colors and woodgrains is currently developing into a popular trend. Across all market segments and price range, this development can be observed troughout the world.
Wood frontal elements had prviously been the norm for furniture. But now, more than one color is predominantly present. Now wood only creates the accents and that makes it important for wood such as beech, maple, oak or walnut to be a bit more lively and natural in order to exhibit sufficient vibrancy and naturalness in smaller areas.
At the same time, the natural shades of all types of wood are moving a bit more towards grey. This allows them to harmonise better with uni colours.
Another feature of current design trends in the furniture industry is the use of uni colours on wood. White and grey are most common. This makes the wood tones unique without robbing them of their natural appearance.
White and grey appears like a glaze in this case. Wood with this type of colour accents works very well in combination with colors such as Lava, Brown Grey, Olive or Dakar, colours which incline towards grey.
Multiple Colours with Texture
A third current topic is the direct combination of texture and colour. This interation is inevitable if one follows the trend towards having more than one colour.
For example, textures that are more commonly used for woodgrain decors are being applied to various color decorations. This gives the different colours a unique appearance, as in the case when they are structured with wood pores or a matt-glossy effect. Experimental textures of this type have been well received by the furniture industry to date.
The increasing use of mother-of-pearl for decorative design is another aspect of integrating texture with colour. With reflective pearlescent surfaces, multiple colour decorations provide a wider assortment of designs.
Glitter and glimmer on decorative wood products correspond to products from the world of household electronics and IT, automotive and home textiles. Parallels to this can be found in many modern consumer products such as furniture computers and even cars.
This trend towards metallic colours, which are realised as matte 'shadow colours' or slightly grey colours, can be observed everywhere.
Surface Texture: A Key Focus
Mr Monhoff shares his throughts about the current surface trends.
What has become standard with the wood grains for the past three years is also being transferred to multi-colour surfaces. Therefore surface textures are now more important than ever.
High-gloss or matte finishes are no longer sufficient. Now, elaborately designed wood surface textures create a modern effect. It can also show a natural character and can be used to offer completely new visual effects when used with different colours.
Regarding colour and materials integration, the Milan furniture fair 'I Saloni' confirmed that the colour white, along with grey tones such as brown-grey and green-grey dominated in Milan.
However, intensive colours such as blackberry or copper orange were also presented. The tendency towards certain colour and material worlds comfirms EGGER's motto that "Texture Meets Colour" is the new trend.