Kalyn Johnson
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February 16, 2013
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Home Trends: Recapping the 2013 Las Vegas Furniture Winter Market

After returning from the Las Vegas Furniture Market, I think it is only fair to discuss the upcoming furniture fashions that made their place at Market this winter. This being my first Market experience, I was certainly blown away by the masses of furniture. Now that I have had time to revisit the trip, I ask myself "What had the strongest presence?"

It is certainly safe to say that leather is king! The represented trends included bonded leather, authentic leather, fleece-lined leathers and leathers of vibrant to neutral colors, just to name a few. Of these, the bonded leather was represented very well at Market. The innovations and restructuring of this leather-blended upholstery have come a very long way.

Several times at Market, I would sit down in a bonded leather sofa and was mistakenly convinced that it was full, authentic leather. Today, the look and feel of bonded leather is remarkably comparable with that of real leather. A few years ago, this was not necessarily the case.

The newest trend of fleece-backed leather is really a hot idea for the mountains. The fleece backing creates a thicker, warmer finish to the upholstery. Being in the furniture industry, I have come across many folks in Summit County who refrain from leather-type fabrics on furniture because it can often feel cold. These fleece-lined leathers put cold mountain temperatures to shame.

Motion furniture is booming in all show rooms. Reclining sofas and loveseats are in high demand, and the manufacturers are responding with motion pieces in all designs. More contemporary styles are coming through in reclining. Motion in the past has featured more pillowed and full-sized appearances. The latest looks include stream-lined arms and sleek silhouettes.

Another concept that stuck out within all manufacturers is the use of color and prints. One of the top vendors we carry in our store, Ashley Furniture, is doing a lot of entertaining colors. Red, teal and deep blue were frequent colors seen in their show room. Starburst patterns in complimentary colors represented the toss pillows on the brightly fitted pieces. One sofa to the next to the next was equally as impressive as the last. It was difficult to pick a favorite.

Some furniture shoppers can be intimated by these funky-colored trends. However, the idea is that in affordable furniture, you can go with that fun colorful set in your living room. In seven years after your taste has changed, you don't have a ton of money invested in your current furniture. Therefore, you aren't heartbroken to replace it with something fresh and new.

The furniture world is massive and, truthfully, overwhelming at times. There are quarterly furniture shows each year in the U.S. As imagined, the biggest challenge is to develop the newest style and design that sets you apart from the rest. Vegas Market for winter 2013 has been concluded for only two weeks, but it is already ancient history. High Point Market to take place at the end of April in North Carolina is already the next order of business

For more home style tips and information visit ifurnish and More Space Place in Frisco or email Kalyn Johnson at kalyn@morespaceplaceco.com.


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