Trends from High Point Market
I am back in the design studio after a busy week at the High Point Market in North Carolina sourcing new furnishings and accessories.
After days exploring the showrooms, gazing at light fixtures and sitting on sofas, my photo library — and my mind — are loaded with images and ideas I can’t wait to put to use. I returned carrying bags full of fabric memos, finish samples and catalogs showcasing stylish new trends and potential treasures for my clients.
“Market” is basically Fashion Week for interior designers. Here are a few new trends that caught my eye and that I anticipate will be influential for the next season or two.
Grey and beige (aka “Greige”) has concluded its dominance after several seasons of “play-it-safe”
neutrals and more spectacular colors are coming on strong. I appreciate a classic neutral, but given this option of cranking up the volume I almost always say, “Yes, please.”
On the subtle side of this trend are the balmy blushes and pale pinks featured in upholstery fabrics and wallpaper backgrounds. On the bolder side are the bodacious blues and glamorous greens that adorned everything from wall colors to painted case goods.
Another color I saw everywhere caramel, especially caramel colored leather. Almost every major showroom I visited had some of this deliciously hued leather furniture on display. And why not? Caramel mixes beautifully with almost every other color. Its fantastic with blue, green, black, charcoal, ivory, and even gray.
You may have thought this 1960s and ’70s throwback was a passing fad, but it’s here to stay. Warmer than the polished brass of the 1980s (and much more forgiving), brushed brass lends an instant sophistication with everything from chandeliers to plumbing fixtures to coffee tables and accessories. Some of my new favorites were found in the Visual Comfort showroom. The collection designed by Thomas O’Brien had an incredibly rich, time-worn patina that only burnished brass can provide.
I love finding pieces that have interesting details, whether softly subtle or statement worthy. Furnishings and accessories featuring the tactile appeal of hammered metals, limed oak veneers, fuzzy faux fur and sand-blasted glass were everywhere. Four Hands has long been a “go to” showroom for textural treasures and it did not disappoint. I found case goods and upholstery pieces showcasing beautiful surface detailing.
In the Lowcountry, it’s easy for us to embrace the casual and laid-back vibe of coastal colors and simple silhouettes, but this look isn’t just for states with beaches. Coastal chic is as much about attitude as it is locale. Cool palettes, often with a punch of saturated color combined with unfussy detailing, reminds us that easy living is at home anywhere. A modern wicker settee can fit in at a home by the lake in the mountains as easily as an Adirondack chair can blend in on the porch by the May River.
Many showrooms featured tight back sofas, and everyone from furniture makers to my clients are loving the look. I noticed tight back furniture in nearly every showroom I visited. In the Lillian White showroom, the Aurora sofa not only featured a tight back and a single seat cushion, it also showcased a sleek kidney shape. The sofa was upholstered in a plush velvet and unapologetically glamorous and modern.
High Point is one of my favorite events of the year because I am able to be the first to get my hands on new products for my clients. I have already started designing some of my favorite ideas into my projects. Stay tuned to see how I use these trends in new spaces.
Bold color is making a strong return to interior design for furnishings and accessories. Saturated hues are replacing the sedate neutrals of previous seasons.