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NeoCon 2019 Recap

By on Jun 17, 2019
NeoCon 2019 Recap

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Here at ImproveNet, we’re always seeking out the latest trends to share with you. After all, if you’re looking for inspiration for your next home project, we want to help be your resource.

Staff writer, Jill Scheer, and I attended NeoCon in Chicago, Ill., in June 2019 to learn more about what’s top of mind for professionals in the industry. Here’s our review on some of the highlights at the conference and hopefully, a little inspiration for you to use.

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What is NeoCon?

June 10 through June 12, the iconic Merchandise Mart (The Mart) in downtown Chicago hosted NeoCon for the 51st year of the design show. Comprised of both a large expo hall and permanent showrooms, NeoCon brings together designers and manufacturers from all over the world to see the latest styles and innovations in commercial designs. NeoCon is the place to be for what’s next in design.


Walking into the show can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s best to plan ahead before the show. There are 10 floors you can access during the show, where you can view both permanent showrooms and temporary booths.

One thing we noticed was texture. Not only was our experience at NeoCon visual, but it was tactile as well. We couldn’t help touching the textured wall coverings at Maya Romanoff our the reclaimed products at Centennial Woods.

Here are a few of our favorite find at the event:

Maya Romanoff

Located on the sixth floor of The Mart, Maya Romanoff has a permanent showroom with an absolutely stunning view of the city. However, that’s only second to the beautiful and unique handmade wall coverings they have for you to view and touch. Their glass bead technique not only gives it a lovely finish but a unique look. The materials used are exquisite, my personal favorite was the Starlit lattice as pictured above, made out of natural pearl and glass beads. I can see this as a highlight in any room!

Behr Paint

We were excited to see the Behr Paint booth, as they recently announced their 2020 paint colors. Behr said the colors were chosen to be “a balanced mix of grounding shades, energizing bright colors, deep accent hues and atmospheric pastels.” They have three color collections “Worldhood, Restore and Atmospheric.” A representative at the expo said that these colors were meant to represent the optimism of a new decade.

Their floral display showed off their colors in a whimsical way. Out of all of the color schemes, I love the Atmospheric best, with neutral shades and a pastel purple, called Dusty Lilac, that really pops.

Booth & Williams

Walking through the expo floor can be a bit overwhelming, but some displays instantly catch your eye. That’s the case with Booth & Williams. They combine both functionality and color to enhance your shelving. Books are arranged by the color scheme to add a pop of color uniquely. But these aren’t just covers that look nice, the books can be read and even curated by the company. Books are made into collections by color and theme by professionals that can help you get the perfect look for your shelf or coffee table. What a unique idea!


After two long days at the show, we needed to take a seat and discuss. Thankfully, Brazilian design company, Sossego, had a Relaxation Lounge where we were able to rest in their Pitu chair with tranquil music playing in the background. This isn’t any ordinary chair. The plush upholstery and down feather filling made it hard to leave at the end of the day!

NeoCon Takeaways

While you can always search for inspiration online, it’s still great to get out and experience the products that you’re looking at. It’s great to be seeing the texture, color and material trends for the new year already, to start getting ready for the new decade ahead.

Of course, if you see anything here that inspires you, talk with a designer who can help you get the right materials you’re looking for. The professionals will know best on how to curate items together to create a seamless design that will last.

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