Arclin’s Top Picks for Retail Design Trends

1. Turns out, it is easy being green

Trend watchers note a surge in green, perhaps taking to heart Pantone’s “greenery” Color  of the Year for 2017. And we continue to see the trend grow in popularity this year! At the recent GlobalShop retail design show in Chicago, bright shades of green were at the forefront of many displays, from lighting and accent walls to shelving and flooring. With its undercurrents of blue and yellow, greens can be fun to match with decorative surfaces, simply for their versatility!

2. Movement through reinvention

We’ve all read the recent news of another wave of decline of traditional brick and mortar retail. Who’s surviving — or even thriving — and how? It’s the stores willing to reinvent themselves. Their inventory, their stories, their online strategies, their environments. Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are leading the way. Now imagine how much reinventing you can do with…

3. Texture: high tech to high touch

Love this expression: “hoarder chic.” Just like we can’t pass up touching the fine silk blouse or a chunky sweater, retail environments are catering to our sense of tech and touch. That is, they’re creating tactile environments that combine high tech and, say, aged brick — or sleek with vintage elements.

These designs make the marriage of vintage and modern, rough and smooth easy on the eyes and the fingertips.

4. Bridging: The store of the future

Facial recognition technology, holographic product displays, drone deliveries — these are already becoming part of the retail experience as retailers bridge their online and offline worlds. Even with declines in physical locales, there is a committed sense among the expertsthat bridging technology and human experience, and on- and offline realms will guide the future.

We imagine these high tech designs helping make the bridge:

5. The boutique makes a (refreshing) comeback

Pop-ups, lifestyle stores, customized shops “curated to reflect their neighborhoods” —  thetrend in boutique retailing takes nothing off the table. Creativity, unanticipated pairings and creating new customer experiences are…popping up…around the world.
No limits!

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