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Mixing Metals and TFL

A hallmark of design in 2019 is integrating unexpected materials into familiar spaces. One trend we are excited to embrace is how designers are mixing metals in both home and office spaces. Brass, gold –and especially rose gold – have become popular staples when considering décor or furniture pieces.

Read more to see how this trend pairs with Arclin decorative overlays for TFL, which provide interesting and attractive complements and/or contrasts to metallics.

Go for the Glow with Brass and Gold

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Warm metals are making a comeback, showing up in spaces in which stainless steel and chrome have dominated. They can bring to living and working environments a traditional, nostalgic ambience that may feel more inviting than cooler colors.

Typically, brass has been presented in a highly polished finish, but burnished, matte, and un-lacquered pieces are popular now. Pieces such as lighting fixtures and cabinetry accents are being updated with clean lines and modern forms, making this traditional metal feel contemporary. From mantles to stove hoods to office accent pieces, brass is showing up in a variety of settings.

Similarly, gold is being used in spaces from bedrooms to boardrooms. The metal’s glamour and reflective qualities make it a stunning vehicle for accent pieces, adding visual interest to any room. Gold also mixes well with other current design trends, serving as a contrast to bold, graphic styles and a complement to other organic backdrops and pieces.

TFL sets the stage for these bold metals. Arclin’s new designs for our Harvest Collection offers outstanding choices to mix with brass and gold. The warm, natural look of Atlas Cedar blends perfectly with these metals. Or, create a stunning contrast with the cooler tones of Ionic Walnut. Designers may also want to capitalize on trends of mixing metals, using TFL’s metallic options to layer these colors.

Everything is Rosy with Rose Gold

Arclin TFL Rose Gold - Mixing Metals

From smartphones to jewelry to car accessories, rose gold continues to enjoy popularity in contemporary design. Pink-toned, rich, yet neutral, rose gold communicates luxury without being overly extravagant. Not quite shiny, yet not quite muted, rose gold’s versatility is part of its draw. The metal is being incorporated into public spaces to create a sense of warmth and style, and into homes through pieces from furniture fabrics to wood finishes. Further, the popularity of rose gold has sparked interest in other pink-toned colors and muted metals.

TFL designs are the perfect partner for rose gold, whether in home or commercial settings. Warmer options like Atlas Cedar (another addition to the new-for-2019 Harvest Collection) bring out the cozier, comforting aspects of rose gold. Or, create contrast with cooler options such as Charles Bridge.

However you choose to incorporate TFL designs with metallic elements, rest assured that the durability and ease of maintenance of Arclin’s decorative overlays for TFL will keep your spaces looking beautiful. Contact Arclin for more design ideas, or with any questions you might have.

The Evolution of Our Portfolio

Behind Arclin’s Portfolio Changes

As you certainly know by now, we’ve made significant changes to Arclin’s decorative overlays portfolio in the last two years.

What drove our decisions? And why does (or should) it matter to you?

Let’s start with the second question — that’s easy: The changes in our portfolio reflect design shifts across many of the application industries served heavily by TFL — kitchens, closets, retail, healthcare, hospitality, office and more. The 21 new papers (12 designs) in our new Harvest Collection were selected expressly to meet growing and future trends across multiple applications.

How did we go about making our decisions on what to take out, what to add?

  1. We started by purging our portfolio of older designs that had worn out their welcome.
  2. We conducted extensive research on U.S. and worldwide trends, current and future, to find the best opportunities for our customers. (This is an ongoing effort!) Red and orange = out. Walnut, warm grays and browns, tone-on-tone and light colorations = in. Textures abound.
  3. We reviewed the entire portfolio by design structure, type of grain or other structural feature, color, application opportunities and more. We were admittedly far too heavy on the reds and oranges, light on some of the more modern features (see #2, above).
  4. We ultimately selected 12 new designs — with color options, 21 papers — for our new collection. A quick synopsis of the “why” of each:

Alexandria Walnut – probably the most traditional of the new designs, the fidelity and rich coloration of this beautiful walnut make it anything but “old.” Equally at home in traditional structures or exotic applications.

Angkor Stone & Angkor Root – rustic with a touch of elegance, with colorations that hit the trends but with slightly unique hues. These two are applicable virtually everywhere, from closets to cabinetry, hospital rooms to office settings.

Cambridge Classic & Cambridge Bronze – we’ve always said about this one: you have to see the full panel to grasp the beauty of this one. Rich and regal, this one has the potential to carry the room.

Charles Bridge – one of the more exotic designs in the collection, this seemingly in-motion wood grain has been colored for maximum dramatic effect. We can see this one at home in a modern kitchen (imagine the pairing possibilities), or in hospitality and retail settings.

The Glances (Silver, Platinum, Lead) – a brushed metallic effect, we liked this one for its suitability for garage cabinetry, retail environments and more.

Jackson Barn & Jackson Buff – warm, rustic oak with a hint of on-trend cerusing, these meet the demand for high fidelity rustics — with a bit more flexibility than most.

Kinabalu Teak – the midcentury modern resurgence brought teak back into vogue. Now the teak trend looks to have legs. We gave it extra traction, here, with a lighter, almost tone-on-tone coloration. There’s really no limit to the application possibilities here.          

Noce Moscato – rich grays, browns and blacks made this one an easy pick. Gorgeous, dramatic and a design-driver in the spaces it inhabits.

Papa’s Loft – the most popular of the collection, so far, this design proves that TFL isn’t what it used to be. That is, with improvements over the years in performance and fidelity, we can bring fresh designs to life that expand our opportunities to replace traditional veneers and other surfaces. We focused the coloration, too, on current and sustainable trends.

Skyline Dawn, Dusk & Dark – conjuring concrete or stone…even a metallic as you evolve to the darkest shade…this design was selected from among dozens of concrete-based textures we considered. Absolutely on-trend and in high demand.

Stinsons: Gray, Trail & Umber – this design captured three aspects we were looking for in our new collection: a modern lineal, on-trend colorations and extremely versatile.

Sunrise Impression – stone? marble? concrete? We’ll leave it to your impression. Which is what makes it so appealing.

Get in touch for samples, pricing information and more.

 

What’s in a Name?

Despite rumors to the contrary, design names are not actually created during marijuana-fueled brainstorming sessions atop fog-covered mountains.)

Arclin’s new Harvest Collection of decorative overlays for TFL was curated from influences around the world. The names were selected to reflect those influences — and to capture the essence of each design. In case you were wondering…


Midtown Harvest

The Midtown Harvest Collection takes us from uptown to Main Street, urban sophistication to hometown warmth. The names reflect their Americana inspirations.

Harvest ColelctionCambridge Classic & Cambridge Bronze – regal, rich, hand-hewn, historic. That took us to one of the country’s most historic and regal cities: Boston.  We imagined these designs on the rich wood walls of Harvard Library in Cambridge.


 

Harvest Collection - Jackson Buff

Jackson Buff & Jackson Barn — these rustic designs conjured old world charm to us…visually transporting us to picturesque Jackson, Wyoming. And a name was born.


 

 

Harvest Collection - Papa's LoftPapa’s Loft – rustic, sea-weathered reclaimed barn wood, with more than a touch of gray. Think Old Man & The Sea…and author, Hemingway whose nickname was, in fact, Papa.


 

 

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Skyline Dawn, Skyline Dusk, Skyline Dark – this concrete-finish structure brought to mind urban settings and tall buildings…and the way city colors change as the daylight progresses.


 

 

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Stinson Gray, Stinson Trail, Stinson Umber – cool to warm, lineal, earthy. We thought of the trails to Stinson Beach in Muir Woods National Forest — full of tall straight trees and sandy trails.


Global Harvest                                  

Designs culled from global influences and a diversity of textures, colors and surface.

shutterstock_396111676Alexandria Walnut – The Port of Alexandria in Egypt was the world’s first and largest trading post for spices. And this is one spicy walnut.


 

 

shutterstock_263676302Angkor Stone & Angkor Root – exotic, old world and textured, the structure and colors of this design evoked, for us, the ancient Cambodian temples.


 

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Charles Bridge – we see water, winter, movement, drama. The picturesque Charles Bridge in Prague is…all that.


 

 

shutterstock_186199775Platinum Glance, Silver Glance, Lead Glance – this metallic, patterned abstract plays to the interlocking crystals of the galena ore. Also called “lead glance,” galena is a leading source of silver. You do the math.


 

shutterstock_239009716Kinabalu Teak – subtle cracks, knots and wide grains follow the terrain of Malaysia’s first national park.


 

 

shutterstock_71441794Noce Moscato – Noce = Walnut, Moscato = an Italian sparkling wine. There’s almost an aroma to this one.


 

 

shutterstock_262929725Sunrise Impression – you might see stone…marble…concrete…or even an impressionist painting. Monet’s first impressionist painting — which actually sparked use of the word “impressionism” — was called Impression, Soleil Levant or…Impression, Sunrise.