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Green guilt, product origins, convenience and nostalgia

Research analyst GfK has tracked consumer confidence and behaviour since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and found that lower income earners are slightly more confident than this time last year, whilst the more affluent seem to be having a few doubts. The causes of stress are on the rise across all consumer demographics, for reasons as fundamental and far-reaching as having enough money to live comfortably and the health of self and family, to crime, terrorism and natural disasters. Notions of ‘the good life’ have beco... Read More...

Pantone heralds a new Purple reign

The colour gurus at Pantone have revealed that the 2018 Colour of the Year will be the stunning Ultraviolet 18-3838 TCX.   Described by Pantone as a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." The enigmatic Ultra Violet is also credited with symbolising the mysteries of the cosmos, opening up boundless possibilities for this beautiful colour. For home and gift retailers the hunt will now be on for the mo... Read More...

Big florals lead 2018 home décor trends

Houzz editor Mitchell Parker has shared his trend predictions for the year ahead, which range from brightly coloured kitchens and bold floral wallpaper through to concrete furniture. Novelty sinks will be a hot way to make a splash in the year ahead as consumers tire of bland, traditional kitchens and look for something a bit more quirky to impress their friends and stand out from the crowd. To really work this trend Mitchell suggests home owners replace their old stainless steel or white sinks with one made of copper, stone, concr... Read More...

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