Oh my goodness…what an inspiring week at the High Point Furniture! I feel like I walked 50 miles in five days. I was so honored to be chosen for the High Point Design Bloggers Tour and we all had so much fun. We visited showrooms I am very familiar with as well as a few I had never heard of but was happy to discover. The Spring Market was bursting with energy and I saw so many beautiful new designs. I compiled a list of nine trends and since I am all about photos, I want to show you lot’s of images. So as not to overwhelm you I have divided my report into three posts since I have so much to share. As a summary these are nine trends I spotted.
- Color: Red, Pink, Blush, Coral, Persimmon and Watermelon ruled this Spring, followed by Blue, Emerald green, White and Gold
- Chairs: Exposed wood spines, sexy backs, sculpture in the room, statement pieces
- Case goods: Faceted wood fronts, wallpapered fronts, decorative geometric shapes, hardware that is either big or “go pegs”.
- Brass is KING…seriously, the amount of it was overwhelming.
- Live Like You: Furniture for real life not “magazine rooms”. Crypton fabrics, durable quality core pieces for beds and dressers, durable rugs.
- Mixed Materials: wood with faux shagreen, wood and brass, Lucite and wood, Lucite and leather, parchment and wood, glass and wood.
- Elevated organics: Organic shapes and forms applied to furniture
- Accessories: Organics, rock crystals, shells, bones, feathers, spiney sea urchin shapes in brass and white
- Fabrics: Large scale florals, birds, tie dye and water colors.
RED in all it’s various hues was without a doubt the trending color of Spring Market. I personally have never been a huge fan of red but after seeing some of the showrooms I think I might have to rethink how I feel about this dramatic color. The Ambella Home showroom knocked me over with their use of red. It was one of my favorite showrooms. The white upholstery and the light gray woods are so striking against the red wall.
One of my favorite designers who loves color as much as I do is Tobi Fairley. Her new furniture collection for C.R. Laine and for Woodbridge is full of rich yummy color, especially vibrant pinks and fushia. (notice nail heads and Lucite are still trending).
This Pink coffee table is fun but also comes in any color you choose.
The Lillian August show room was one of the most colorful showrooms and I love the the raspberry velvet chairs in her Spring collection.
Blush pink got a lot of buzz at the show and this blush colored leather chair immediately drew me in. The leather and steel base is more masculine but the blush color pushes it toward the feminine. The chair thus becomes almost gender neutral which was another trend I saw emerging (gender neutrality).
Norwalk Furniture chose three color themes for Spring. Under the Sea (Blues), Jetson (think 60’s red, silver,black and gold) and Hill Country which is this dusty pink pictured below.
Blue continued to have a very strong showing as seen in the Mr. Brown Home showroom.
Duralee hit a home run with their new fabrics from John Robshaw. The show room was so lively and inspiring and that red and blue sofa in the background was like sitting on a cloud as it was all down!
Deep blue velvet upholstery was spotted it in multiple showrooms and in the photo below it is striking paired with red.
I also spotted a lot of softer gray blues as in this vignette from Bernhardt Furniture. The all white furniture and accessories makes the room so calming. Can’t you just see this at a sea side location?
Emerald Green was another color that made a strong showing. Similar to the bold red wall in the first image, notice the furnishings and accessories are neutral black and white. The green color is the star of the room. The M.T. Company showroom had several rooms using emerald green.
Again, the bold green fabric is the star and the supporting colors are kept neutral with white, black and gray.
I don’t want you to think that every showroom was bursting with color. There was plenty of gray, white and gold. I just tend to gravitate toward color like a moth to the flame so color is what stood out to me.
2.Chairs. Sexy is back or should I say backs are sexy! Chair after chair had exposed spines or interesting lines and looked just as fabulous from the back as from the front. This little red number from Ambella Home was one of my favorites.
I also love these dining chairs from Universal Furniture.
This one from Stanley Furniture caught my eye.
If chairs didn’t have exposed spines they had interesting shapes. I saw a lot of barrel shaped chairs which tend to look good floating in a room. Blush color velvet adorn these chairs from the new Michael Berman collection for Theodore Alexander.
and last but not least, check out this chair from Bernhardt clad in artisan hammered metal. Now wouldn’t that be the statement piece in the room! Surprisingly it was comfortable too!
3. Case goods. No longer delegated to a supporting role, case goods are now shouting “look at me”. I saw bold, gold, brutalist, faceted, sculptural, and wrapped and wallpapered. There was a huge variety but they were all statement pieces.
Many had geometric designs like this one from Vanguard.
This one from Lexington Furniture was both faceted and gold.
Metal wrapped and hammered consoles were also trending like this one from Mr. Brown Home.
I also saw a number of wallpaper wrapped chests.
The other trend is that the hardware has become jewelry. The trend is either really big like on this cabinet from Global Views
and this one from Harp and Finial
Or really small like these pegs on a chest at Noir.
Armories are also making a comeback and they too are statement pieces like this metal hammered stunner at Bernhardt.
Geometric shapes are also popular on the doors, especially over glass.
Even children’s furniture is following the trend like this cute patch work quilt decorated chest spotted at Sauder.
So there you have the first three trends. The second three will be up within a day or so.
Which trend do you like the most so far?