One of the best ways to see what will be trending for furniture this season is to look at what was on display at the High Point Market in North Carolina. Last October’s show is a prognosticator of the best home furnishings and accessories that we’ll see this spring.
High Point’s “style spotters” took to social media to share their favorite looks, and the definitive High Point Market Style Report summed it all up.
Color and pattern
A pop of color is on trend as the economy perks up, said interior designer and style spotter Mitzi Beach. With designers adding assertive hues, consumers can make bolder color choices. We’ll be seeing a “dramatic color story of rich blood reds, mustard/saffron yellows and peacock teals,” said Studio M president Michelle Jennings Wiebe, style spotter emeritus. A little color goes a long way, so be calculated when adding color, Beach said.
Designers are combining metals, materials and finishes to create statement pieces, whether that means in a dining table or a chandelier. Think of a richly upholstered armchair with brushed copper chair legs. Details will shine in acrylic, copper, brass, lucite and mixed golden hues.
The excitement continues with an explosion of patterns.
“After years of beige, it was revitalizing to see vibrant colors and patterns recapturing the imagination of designers, said designer and style spotter Gary Inman. “Marbleized cottons, florals, stripes, Ikats, paisleys, fretwork and lattice, some painterly, others over-scaled for drama but all with a celebratory complexity. Animal prints, vintage textiles and architectural ornamentation also found their place as fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings, as well as casegoods and even lighting.”
The sophisticated look of black and white makes a timeless and elegant statement in furnishings and accessories, said Inman. But the in color this spring is blue, ranging from indigo and navy to cobalt and robin’s egg.
Wildly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, Chinoiserie (“in the Chinese taste”) is on trend this spring. On lacquered and painted furniture, wallpaper and decorative objects, chinoiserie features fanciful, idyllic scenes of elaborately robed figures and imaginary Chinese landscapes.
Feathers and birds have swooped into home furnishings.
“Cast in metal, printed on fabric, wallpaper, pillows, and even stuffed and mounted birds are showing up everywhere. Wings and feathers were also seen across the board — in casegoods, wall art, accessories and lighting,” said interior designer and style spotter Jeanne Chung.
Glamour and comfort
For wood finishes, natural wood is seeing a resurgence after years of being painted over in almost any color of the consumer’s choosing. This spring we’ll see “burl wood cabinets and beautiful faux-painted wood patterns, as well as inlay and interesting wood stain colors. These natural wood looks are an excellent way to ground a room full of painted finishes,” said interior designer and style spotter Denise McGaha.
Traditional furnishings are trending in a big way, but with a more modern spin, said interior designer and style spotter Meredith Heron. The feeling is opulence and luxury.
“Neoclassical motifs, reeded legs, carvings, French polish, hardware that can only be described as stunning jewelry and spectacular wood grains, such as flamed mahogany and rich Italian burl, are most certainly back. We are also seeing ferrules on chair and table legs — an additional layer of glamour that adds a touch of modern to the traditional,” she said.
Consumers are also embracing the merging of the outdoors and indoors with beautiful furnishings that offer comfort and durability.
“As outdoor fabrics take on a more luxurious feel, and indoor furnishings become places to work, eat, read and entertain, we are seeing durable outdoor materials move in as the comfort of indoor furniture steps outside,” Beach said.
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