High Point was hectic with so many new showrooms and options with many using hardware as jewelry. It's nice to be able to choose from many styles.  

Saturated and rich jeweled colors such as emerald, amethyst, garnet and sapphire were also abundant at market, as were softer colors such as muted pinks, blues, greens and warm neutrals like champagne and rich grays.  

The next trend: texture, texture, texture! And often textures used together - soft with rough; furry with slick; natural heavy weaves with refined silks - which lend the designs warmth, dimension and depth.

Trends, or the beginning threads we might see more of in the future:

  • Furniture wrapped with textiles such as rugs, burlap and linen
  • Refined transitional lines as well as scaled down furniture, for smaller spaces 
  • Functional and multi-use pieces, many on casters or lightweight  making them easy to move 
  • Upholstery in patterns, colors and lush textiles (lots of crushed velvets and velveteens) and lots of mixing and matching in vignettes 
  • Shimmery metallic, with brass, copper and gold coming on even stronger 
  • Accessible sophisticated and lush designs that won't bust the bank 
  • Animal prints and fur-on-hide textiles


Overall, market was not overly crowded allowing us to see a lot more!

   Bottomline  - so much more choices this year from choosing your own colors on furniture down to choosing the hardware.  Keep in mind these trends as you are working on your project!

And call us for any assistance!

Top Trends 2016

1.  Mixing it Up
Mixing materials - wood and metal, matte and glossy and other combinations are a hit with clients and combinations of dark and light wood together on furniture is trending big.

2.  Made in the USA 
Americans want American made products and designers love the shorter lead time.  Manufacturers are happy to comply.Its a win win situation.

3.  Calling on Copper
Metal mania was fueled by copper this year, as its warm metallic look appeals to both consumers and designers

4.  Smart Sense
The industry got smarter this year, as the fledgling smart wares category began to make an impact, and it will only get bigger, while desks and consoles get smaller, everything needed is on mini tablets and telephones. 
5.  The New Traditional
Furnishings that have both traditional elements and modern touches bring an updated vintage vibe to the home.

6.  Millennials 
The much ballyhooed Millennials have led the way in influencing product design, as manufacturers and designers court the largest population segment. Furniture has become lighter and slicker.

7.  Togetherness 
Sectional sofas fit how we live.  Functionality, causal styles and family friendly upholstery make this a must have.  Sectionals are attracting buyers with designs that can define large spaces and offer needed seating in smaller ways as well. 

8.  Dramatic Focal PointUnderfoot highlights the new brighter colors for 2016. Your home can use these colors and surround this focal point to complete a very special room. 

A&R Interiors hosts “Color Mix 2016” with

Sherwin Williams November 5th, 2015


Over 30 Interior Decorators, Designers and Architects attended this educational presentation yesterday here at A&R Interiors in Denville, New Jersey. The 2 hour event, included a one hour program lead by Rebecca Smith of Sherwin Williams, directing all of us through the forecast of color in design, nature, technology and life. The vibrancy of color and the boldness of mixture made this class enriching. The attendees all received CEU Credits while learning about the latest in color.

Adrienne Rich and Allyson Morren, both opened the event talking about the “Trends” in design from the latest market. Our 13,000 square foot showroom of A&R Interiors, was filled with the latest furniture pieces, new combinations of textures in design and vignettes of the “color projections” for 2016.

There was also time to connect with other decorators, enjoy the brunch and take in our showroom. Every attendee left enriched in body, soul and mind.

A&R Interiors will be hosting more events like this one to bring the community of designers together to learn, grow and experience the beauty of our field.



                                                                                           New in Design

 New in sink design: Concrete Vanities

   Instead of your typical marble or wood counter top with sink base, concrete vanities open the door to whole new way for bathroom design.  Concrete can be made into any shape or size giving it its own unique style. 

  Recently designed in aHoboken3-by-5 foot powder room is a multi-tiered concrete vanity.  The vanity features an integrated sink to optimize space by getting rid of the traditional sink lip.   The placement of the sink and faucet in the corner along with its sinuous shaped countertop allows for comfortable access in this small space.

  Another unique design of a concrete vanity is in a Short Hills powder room that takes the design concept of bringing the outdoors inside literally, by creating a floating concrete vanity intended to look like a boulder. The possibilities for this concrete vanity design is endless because of its flexibility to be whatever shape or size you desire for your design.


                                 Veneer vs. Solid Wood

  Many people believe that a veneer-finished piece of furniture is a less superior product than a hardwood or solid wood product.  However, veneers are stronger and more durable than solid wood.  They are resistant to shrinking, swelling, warping and cracking due to humidity and other environmental changes that occur.  It may help to understand what veneer is.  Veneer refers to thin slies of wood, less than 1/8", that are typically glued together onto core panels, particle board or fiberboard. Veneer surfaces are used to produce flat panels such as doors, tops on case goods, and other furniture pieces. Their construction makes them less resistant to issues that a solid wood piece might have. Solid wood is more expensive than one that has a veneer, however. Solid wood is a wood product that is the same all the way through.

  The difference is that solid wood pieces react to changes in temperature by expanding and contracting, which will create cracks and warps in the product.  This reaction to temperature and climate changes are nonexistent in a veneer finished product, since it is partially man-made.

  Other advantages to a veneer product are that they save valuable hardwood and use recycled materials for the particle board that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

 Veneer finishes go through extensive, multi-step finishing processes that give each piece of furniture depth.  They also accentuate a wood grain pattern and a broad range of finishes can be created during the manufacturing process.

  So, do not think that a veneer is inferior to a solid wood item when you are shown this type of furniture by your designer.  It will be resisant to harsh climate changes and will retain it's beauty. Like any good piece of furniture whether it be solid wood or veneer, quality is dependent upon it's craftmanship.

Design Tips

Decorating Tips from interior designer and owner of Tastefully Yours Design Studio, Danielle Orlowski.  Orlowski gives her advice on decorating decisions when trying to mix your style into your home design.

   Her first piece of advice is when deciding whether or not to follow the newest trend in design think of this first.  Approximately it would take the whole design process about nine months to complete, therefore with trends rapidly changing, by the time the design is complete it will already look dated.  Orlowski’s advice is to avoid seasonal trends unless you absolutely love the design and can continue to love it for years to come.

  When asked how a decorator can create interior designs that will complement a person’s style, she advises that the person know what shade of gray they are. Orlowski says that even though “customers are more educated and daring in their taste, they are still reluctant to leave the safe ground of neutrals and jump into unconventional layout or unusual color combinations”.  

  Danielle’s next tip of advice concerning whether or not to reupholster an old sofa is simple.  Reupholstering is a costly process and only worth doing so if the piece is truly interesting.  She feels buying new furniture give the customer more freedom in style and size that reflects their design.

  Next she gives her advice on whether or not a fireplace should be the focal point of a room. Orlowski agrees that during the holiday season a fireplace and mantel or important features in a space.  She advise that through out the year make subtle changes in a space, like redecorating seats and sofas with different pillows or using a full length tablecloths on side tables.

  Finally her last tip of advice is about whether or not an interior designer will help a person find art to accessorize the space being designed. Her advice is that artwork and accessories are essential to complete any design.  The way she helps her clients in choosing is to direct them in the right direction by showing potential pieces she feels will work, and lets the customer follow their heart and pieces that fit them and their personalities!

  Danielle’s final words of advice is “ It takes months to furnish a house, but it takes a lifetime to make it a home".