VEGAS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2004 National Hardware
Show, underway at the Sands Convention Center here,
has joined forces this year with the Paint and Decorating
Retailers Association (PDRA) to feature hundreds of
exhibitors devoted to household paints, stains and
wallpaper, many on the leading edge of trends in the
"Paint continues to be homeowners' top do-it-yourself
project," said Rob Cappiello, industry vice president
and show manager, National Hardware Show. "Our
partnership with the PDRA brings the best paint and
home decorating products to buyers in one convenient
Key industry drivers include:
* Espresso, mauve, chocolate, purple gray, dark brown
and deep maroon
dominate consumers' color palettes.
* Red is on the rise, creating interiors that are
strong, passionate and
inspiring. Experts say it hasn't been hotter since
* For women, black and pink is the new combination
for opulent interiors.
* Kids can enjoy a new glow-in-the-dark paint that
is luminous for up to
15 minutes after the lights go out. Teens can choose
shades and paints that create a denim effect.
* A new prototype paint uses nanotechnology
to mix microscopic sensors
into paint that would allow walls to react to changes
or moisture by changing colors.
* Wallpaper is making a comeback. The U.S. demand
for wallcoverings as
an alternative to paint is expected to rise 5.7 percent
through 2007, growing to $2.5 billion in sales. The
hottest trends in
wallpaper -- 3-D designs and textures that create
excitement for the
* New tools that make painting and wallpapering easier
are hot at retail.
Tools that speed taping around trim, windows and fixtures
well, as are electronic measuring tapes and portable
* The paint applicator category also remains strong.
are up 3 percent to 5 percent, as homeowners continue
to buy and
renovate homes. Rollers are gaining in popularity
on brushes, as
consumers look for products that speed up the job.
(Sources: The Paint Dealer, U.S. Wallpaper Association,
The Money Pit,
Home Improvement Executive, Freedonia Group, Color
Paint and Decorating Retailers Association)
of the exciting new paint-related products on display
at the 2004 National Hardware Show include:
* The new Alla Prima painting technique from Padco
(www.padco.com) is a
brush application of three colors in one coat of paint.
paint tray has three paint cups that load the 10-inch
three different colored bands of paint.
* Pratt & Lambert Paints (www.prattandlambert.com)
has reformulated its
Accolade(R) premium line of interior and exterior
paint's unique stain-resistant formula provides deep,
rich colors and
continued washability, while maintaining its original
paint comes with a lifetime warranty.
* A manufacturing innovation from MicroBlend Technologies
(www.microblendtechnologies.com) will revolutionize
how paint is
produced and sold in the future. The process creates
paint and tint dispenser in the retail paint outlet,
which now can
produce and tint in countless color palettes any quality
of interior and exterior latex paint -- at the push
of a button.
* For design made easy, Tarantelli Designs (www.tarantellidesigns.com)
offers peel and stick wallpaper borders and decorative
beautiful handpainted designs. Created by artist Paula
the collection features vines, scenic murals, sunflowers,
borders and other designs. Sizes range from accents
to complete wall
* Create a dream room with the look of realistic clouds
with Cloud Wash
from Watercolor Walls (www.cloudwash.com). The complete
everything homeowners need to create the soft, sunny
look of blue
skies, fluffy clouds and dreamy creatures. Comes with
video and how-to guide.
more information on the 2004 National Hardware Show
in Las Vegas, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.