Ever wondered why interior designers from across the world jet off to High Point, N.C. every six months? To attend High Point Market of course! High Point Market is the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Over 75,000 people attend each year, with over 11.5 million square feet of space and 180 buildings- this show is not for the faint of heart. We asked some top interior designers in Charlotte for all the highlights and trends they spotted this time around at the 2017 High Point Market, and we got so much to think about!
Lisa Mende hit the market and found some inspiration in the trends below.
Jewel-toned colors are definitely making a comeback included mustard, plums and deep greens. Blush pink, navy and black and white were still on the scene. Bright colors were everywhere, and the “greige” trend seems to be waning. Neutral interiors will continue to be part of the trend, but the color taking center stage is moving from grey to warmer neutrals like creamy whites, camel, and yellow popping up again in decor. Orange and teal are also still players as shown in this vignette from the CR Laine showroom.
Chinoiserie inspired wallpaper and furniture – Wallpaper that is hand-painted or looks hand-painted is really hot right now. Shown here is the newest paper introduced by Baker in their High Point Showroom during market. Also shown is a hand-painted Baker Secretary which retails for $74,000.
Artisan-inspired fabrics and wallpapers– Art is no longer confined to a frame. Artists are now using their art to create beautiful wallpaper and fabrics. Shown here is the work of Charlotte artist Windy O’Connor. The combination of the updated contemporary fabric design on a pair of antique chairs is stunning, and speaks to the neo-traditional trend breathing new life into traditional interiors.
Customization is huge. Want a sofa with nailheads and a custom arm or a table in a color to match your fabrics? It can be done! Shown here are two tables from Theodore Alexander’s custom finishes collection. You can choose how you want your fabric to be fabricated down to the last detail.
Artisan finishes are available in lighting, furniture and hardware. Lighting designer Louise Gaskill was the belle of the ball in High Point. Coming off a feature in Traditional Home magazine, Gaskill was busy showing her hand gilded lighting with vintage murano glass in many finishes and colors. Think of Jewelry for your room.
Stained wood is in vogue again! Many manufacturers such as Baker, Bernhardt and Bunny Williams were showing stained wood in desks, beds and tables. For the past several years painted furniture has been hot but we are now seeing a return to stained wood. The millennials like the warmth wood adds to a room. Shown here is a wooden desk with texture from the McGuire showroom.
Lauren Clement and her team from Lauren Nicole Designs saw three main trends at High Point this spring.
Neutrals are coming to life with pops of bright colors
Bright pops of color everywhere, from art to accessories. While Navy and Grey still dominate the color palette, they’re being brought to life with, greens, corals and aquas.
Tropical and Floral Fabrics
Palm fronds, flowers and birds give a nod to back to nature. Whether it’s in pillows, upholstery or window treatments, they were everywhere.
Exposed and Lighter Woodtones
Accent pieces of furniture in lighter woodtones and exposed wood on upholstered pieces that give a natural textural element.
Mary Miller and her team at Abode
sent us a few pics of their faves- lots of bold color caught their eye!
Windy O’Connor Art
Our friends and designers at Front Door Fabrics
on Monroe Rd. took some very helpful notes from this market as well.
Midcentury Modern– Market this Spring evoked some groovy vibes and a certain Midcentury influence that was a dominant theme throughout multiple showrooms and vendors. We saw clean, sleek, and low profile lines for furniture and case goods, references to starburst motifs in mirrors and hardware choices, lots of gold and brass detailing, pops of orange and mustard yellow, channel tufting, geometric patterns, and burled wood or tiger wood.
Art Deco/ Regency– Furniture lines emphasized the “S” curves famed for this era with feminine aesthetic notes juxtaposed with strong contrast and dramatic architectural pairings. Birds, florals, and chinoiserie motifs and bold geometrics emphasized this influence immensely. Some showrooms married this with the Midcentury nods for a distinctly Palm Beach retro feel while others utilized layers of luxe textiles and gilded finishes for a Regency take.
Currey & Co.
Blush– the blush trend is still going strong almost serving as a neutral of sorts in its own right when combined with other soft greys, ivories, taupes and sophisticated pastels. This hue came out a lot in union with a Deco influence as seen below with high contrast black. The emphasis on the blush trend here is to translate it a way that feels chic with complex pairings in order to avoid feeling too juvenile.
Skirted details/ Trim details – The unique application of bullion, fringe, and tape trims were all in heavy use on the hems of upholstered skirts as well as cushions and backs of sofas and chairs alike. Tailored table skirts are on the rise in popularity yet again this time with a sleek and sophisticated use of box pleated or paneled detailing with, of course, trim lining the hem and occasionally side of paneling as well.
Mark D. Sikes for Henredon
Primrose Yellow- forecasted to be one of Pantone’s color trends for Spring and Summer 2017 this sunny hue showed up as an accent again and again in larger, bolder, sunny pops to more muted and subdued buttery accents occasionally venturing towards that Midcentury mustard family.
Alexis Walter Art
Niagra and Lapiz- Classic and notoriously traditional blue and white got a bit more playful and whimsical with more saturated lapiz and cornflower blue base notes. Blue and white pottery still served as an accent throughout some showrooms and navy is definitely still holding strong as a “neutral.” But this fresh take on this classic is now being mixed with more contemporary artwork and accents, more pattern layering, and more saturation and contrast for a fresh new feel.
Mark D. Sikes