Friday, January 8, 2016

Looking Ahead: Furniture Trends of 2016

It's going to be an awesome year in the world of furniture and seating. While 2015 will be hard to top, we certainly think it's possible. Brands like Mayline, OFM, and Global Total Office are raising the bar and introducing new products every month. In today's post we'll take a look ahead to see what trends are sure to emerge in the coming months. Enjoy!

1.) White Furniture

This year, we full expect white office furniture finishes to dominate the market. Mayline's new Medina office furniture collection now offers shoppers the ability to white out the workplace with the ultra cool new Sea Salt finish option. White wood grain tones provide a clean and sophisticated approach to workplace design.

OFM is also jumping in on the white furniture movement. They are now offering their full line of Marque reception desks in a white finish option that's sure to impress in guest waiting areas.

2.) Gray Furniture

Not feeling the white? No worries. Other wood finish options like gray are sure to be trending in 2016. The new Absolute Acajou finish from Global Total Office is available on the full range of Alba tables, 2gether tables, Zira and Princeton casegoods. We see this as a key sign that gray is going to be hot this season and beyond!

Need more proof? No problem! Both of Mayline's newest collections, Medina and Sterling are available in gray woodgrain tones that dominated the final quarter of 2015. As the year gets underway, this growing movement has only shown signs of building momentum.

3.) Gray Chairs

Another color trend to keep an eye on is gray chairs. While pairing gray chairs with gray furniture may be a little bit over the top, gray leather, fabric, and mesh chairs have rapidly become the preferred choice of interior design teams. Gray works well with white, as well as black, espresso, and other dark furniture finishes. Last year, white chairs were the top seller. We fully expect gray chairs to take over the market by the summer season.

4.) Powered Tables

This trend is not new to the industry, but it's still gaining momentum and has become a true industry standard. A powered conference and boardroom table will help your business streamline the meeting process. Powered tables are available with user friendly input options that include USB, HDMI, Audio, Phone, Ethernet, and more.

5.) Powered Reception Furniture

Top furniture manufacturers are always in search of ways to improve the guest waiting experience. This year, it will be all about powered reception furniture. Global's new River and Citi Square collections are both available with easy to spec power options your office visitors will love. OFM is also making it easy for office guests to work while they wait. Take one look at a new OFM reception seating collection like Morph or Serenity and you'll see what we mean! These innovative lines will rock your waiting space without breaking the budget.

6.) Industrial Accents

We fully expect to see interior designers pairing modern office furniture with industrial lighting fixtures and wall art in 2016. Blending old in new provides a well rounded look that's sure to impress office visitors by providing ample aesthetic appeal. Cool industrial office accents can be widely found at salvage yards, garage sales, swap meets, flea markets, and antique stores.

7.) Modular Lobby Furniture

Tired of the same old sofa, lounge chair, and settee configurations seen in businesses lobbies? You're not alone! The industries most reputable brands decided to solve this mundane crisis with the introduction of modular furniture collections for office lobby applications. Rest assured, these popular new lines will be trending in 2016 and beyond as they provide design teams and businesses alike with the ability to create one of a kind layouts.

8.) Sit To Stand Products

The sit to stand revolution is in full swing! This year we expect even more manufactures will jump on board. Sit to stand desks, tables, and workstations promote continuous movement in the workplace while simultaneously improving blood flow. As sitting for long periods of time can actually take years of your life, don't be surprised to see sit to stand office furniture become the industry standard for both home and business applications.

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