Many colour trends from 2018 have crossed over into 2019 but with a little more refinement…
Move on over greige! Make way for muted pastels such as lavender, mint, tea rose, lilac and the pale peach. Some would say these colours are old fashioned but they have been updated by adding grey in each, producing a soothing sophisticated group of colours used in commercial and residential design application alike.
Red excites our emotions and brings forth positivity to motivate us to take action. The use of more than one tonal red can revive an otherwise dull space or soften the look with a rich warmth. Contemporary neutrals and an eclectic mix of red creates a blend of modern simplicity with earthy traditions of the past giving retail, hospitality and commercial interiors a cozy energy.
Layered teal tones add depth and work well with warmer wood tones such as walnut and camel. Together with accents of warm metal finishes like copper and gold create timeless environments. This continues the 2018 trend of green environmentally friendly commercial spaces that is loved by interior designers across the board.
Blush & Berry
Blush (millennial pink) is still going strong this year. The inclusion of berry helps to anchor blush, other neutrals and shades of pastel. Gold and brass tones assist this muted but saturated colour combination. JDG has incorporated blush into a variety of applications -food and beverage, residential and corporate rooms.
Online shopping has been dominating the retail world for the past 5 years leaving many stores and franchises to unfortunately crash and burn. Lately though many brick and mortar stores have been popping up and making a come back.
Browsing online has the obvious lure of providing convenience for people with time constraints and busy schedules. Orders are delivered right to your door step and no endless lines, cramped change rooms or sales clerks to deal with. Also, if you’re a bargain hunter, deals are much easier to find.
This surge has pushed retailers to create a bigger emphasis on the experience from start to finish. To lure consumers back in, products and environments are showcased with unique visuals and excellent customer service is provided to be a more personal encounter.
With people’s habits and lifestyles ever changing, which direction do you think the industry is headed? Will the in-store experience continue to grow or just a luxury for most?
Read how a few BC retailers weigh in on the subject and featuring one of our recent projects Dish & Duer!
Did you ride your bike to work today and wish your pants weren’t so hot and constricting? Gary Lennet thought the same thing so he created the ultimate brand, DUER. With multiple years of experience in the fashion industry he designed a performance pant that is geared toward active lifestyles. He first introduced his new brand through a kickstarter fund and pop up stores, shortly after opening a retail location in Gastown. Along with DUER he rebooted Dish women’s jeans, a brand that was popular several years ago.
Dish and DUER’s performance pants are designed for function but don’t dismiss fashion and comfort. The innovative fabrics combine polyester, cotton, spandex and Tencel with integrated Coolmax fibers and moisture wicking technology. When designing the retail store Gary wanted to bring the adventure in and create a unique shopping experience for customers. He incorporated a playground to test out their products in a playful way were staff encourages customers to jump, climb and stretch in their pants. A year after opening it was time for expansion as sales, product lines and the team are growing at a rapid rate. Together Janks Design Group and Dish & DUER came up with some ideas on how to add more retail and test areas while keeping room for an office area for 20 plus employees.
To maximize space, we utilized the buildings high ceilings and built a treehouse! Continuing the existing wooden structure and pipe details helped to seamlessly blend the 2 sides together. The wooden treehouse has a pull-down door that leads up to a suspended net 8 feet off the ground for you to walk, crawl or chill out in. Underneath ample room was free for custom built retail racks and tables for display. To divide the retail and office areas the net was brought all the way to the floor. This creates a partition but keeps the view open to see the team creating away. Extra changerooms and mirrors were added with soft synthetic grass underfoot.
If you are looking for a different shopping experience…. this store is for you! Have a little adventure playing and climbing around and walk out with an amazing transitional pant that will take you from your bike, to work to dinner!
Dish & DUER @ 118 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC