It’s likely you’ve never heard of the Spring Fair 2017 so let me explain.
So, I’m thinking about home improvements a lot at the moment. After the mammoth attic conversion (ok I’m just about over it now) it’s time to do something to the rest of the house. The ground floor in particular is looking a tad shabby. It’s been many years since our living room and dining room were decorated, and it’s hard to believe the ceilings were once white. So, very soon I need to get the paint brush out, dust off the pasting board and get to work.
With the new year comes new trends and looks, and I’m hungry for inspiration. I want to see what other people are doing, what the shops are selling, what’s buzzing around on social media (apart from velvet sofas and faux plants) and start to pull some ideas together. As it takes me many years to change the decor after I’ve redesigned it, I need to know I can love it for a long time!
Do you ever wonder how these trends evolve? Well let me tell you a secret. They start filtering down from events like the Spring Fair 2017.
The Spring Fair is the UK’s premier gift and home trade event, and it’s returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 5-9 February 2017. The show is THE first place to see new home, interior and gifting trends coming through. Some of the new products and industry firsts signal the overriding trends that we’ll be seeing across retail for the following year and beyond. How exciting is that!
I’ve wandered through the Spring Fair before and believe me when I say, it is MASSIVE. There’s something here for everyone, and definitely a wealth of inspiration for retailers to take away.
This year there’s a brand new section – DIY and Home Improvement – bringing together top exhibitors from this area, showcasing the best new ideas and products. The trade visitors are going to come away with a huge amount of top tips to bring back to us, from hand and power tools, to ironmongery, locks and security and even the Dulux Dog!
But if DIY isn’t your thing, the Spring Fair 2017 also delivers on lots of other ‘prettier’ levels. Take the kitchen section for example. That’s showcasing products from cookware, bakeware, storage and gifts to name a few, with the Hairy Bikers serving up a dish or two along the way. So many different brands are illustrating the up and coming products, looks, colours and more for the coming seasons. Traders are taking this away, ready to stock their departments and shops so we can get buying.
Some of those I’ve spotted so far are:
Smith and Brown in Kitchen are a new UK surface print to design studio for the ceramic tableware sector. Check out their Neon blue cup and saucer above.
Tradestock has an extensive portfolio including that from Freeform, who offer a wide variety of tablemats. I picked out the Moroccan tiles above as they really caught my eye and I do think we’re going to be seeing a lot of moroccan this year.
James Wheeler (Artist) has some really cool contemporary art in stunning colours, both bold and more subtle.
So keep your eyes peeled for more Spring Fair 2017 info… and when you see the new ranges in the local store, remember where they came from.