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2014 Hospitality Trends: HDExpo First Look

Since 1992, Hospitality Design Magazine has presented the HD Expo annually to bring interior designers, architects, owners/operators and developers together to observe the latest trends in the hospitality industry.

Here, Formica Corporation's North American design team reports back on a few of the top trends witnessed at the 2014 show.

1) Texture

Texture was a huge story at the 2014 HD Expo.  Mainly witnessed in geometric shapes, texture was key for ceramics, porcelain, leather, wood and more.

Textured surface panels at KMK Design

2) Blurred Lines

Blurry lines and fuzzy patterns make you look twice-is that pattern out of focus? You don't need to have your eyes checked-blurry is "in"!

Blurred lines at Kirk Nix

3)  Algorithmic Design

Many patterns looked like they had been created using mathematical tools. Love this trend? Create your own patterns using our new Formica Envisualizer™ design platform

Algorithmic pattern at Interface Hospitality

4) Classic Geometrics

While blurred lines and algorithmic designs were popular, many manufacturers also relied on tried and true classic geometrics.

Jonathan Adler for Kravet Contract

5) Gilded Wood

Wood has traditionally been more refined in the Hospitality segment as opposed to the rustic looks often used in Retail. This year, wood received a gilded treatment with otherwise rough-cut slices or logs.

Gilded wood at Palecek

How will you utilize this year's trends in your next Hospitality project?