It’s been about a week since we’ve returned from the biannual furniture market in High Point, North Carolina. Some of these trends might be our favorites, others…not so much. We try to put any personal preferences aside and just enjoy the show. The most important thing is to find pieces at various price levels and styles which represent good value, and that we think you’ll appreciate. And while a sapphire blue sofa might be a knock out (and you can order one from us!), we might buy the friendlier slate blue. The oversized buffalo check wing chair might be a risk worth taking (and we can help you take it!), though we’ll probably opt for the tried and true tweed. But below, you’ll see the bold stuff. And we might just surprise you- because what’s life if it’s not furnished with a little fun?

Trends from High Point Market:

1. Casual Opulence. Permeating all sub trends was the feeling of comfortable glamour. A sequin dress with slides, a pair of jeans with stilettos. Eclectic mixing of luxe and low/high and humble which means it was never too formal, or without a little irreverence. The abundance of an element can make an item opulent: a super deep sofa, the wood grain of a cocktail table, the killer pattern and texture of a chair fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above clockwise: periwinkle velvet at Klaussner Furniture, a lustrous vignette, an opulent display reminiscent of (left) James McNeill Whistler’s famed The Peacock Room.

2. Modern. Generally neutral fabrics with soft, thick pile covered clean, sturdy lines. Sometimes a shock of color in the accents, or some rustic wood added warmth to a style usually perceived of as sterile or cold. This is an evolution of Mid-Century Modern- made chunkier and with more comfortable fabrics perfect for lounging.

 

 

 

Above: the CM Modern Collection by Craftmaster Furniture, Mid-Century Modern-like at Klaussner Furniture (blue wall).

3. Bohemian. Travel, city transplants moving back home (or anywhere out of the city), Pinterest. These have all affected osmosis of far-flung decorating tendencies into those of small town America. Traditional textiles, earthy pottery, and infusions of color are some highlights. This style feels very personal, which is ironic since it’s informed by so much that isn’t native. Make sure there is a genuine connection to the pieces you choose, or it will be kitschy.

 

 

 

Above L to R: a setting in the lobby at Craftmaster Furniture, a living room at Fusion Furniture.

4. Farmhouse. The appeal of relaxed, light, and homey has not waned. This trend has broadened through its recent years but still represents functional and easy spaces that just feel warm and lived in. It’s less one rigid style and more an attitude or loose formula: natural look fabrics like linen, cotton, and wool, rustic wood, aged metal, shiplap walls, Industrial accents, and cream, coffee, and charcoal.

 

 

 

Above clockwise: the Brookhaven Daybed at Legacy Classic Kids, cozy modern farmhouse at Craftmaster Furniture, the Nashville Bed by Trisha Yearwood Home for Klaussner Furniture.

5. Maximalism. Anything goes as long as you love it; the more the merrier. More prints, extra texture, bigger scale. Throw it all together and hopefully get something beautiful. (Is this the decor version of the brunch buffet?) That’s the tricky part, and why this one hasn’t quite caught on beyond professional circles, where it’s thrived for ages. But in this era of DIY and self empowerment, homeowners are starting to feel emboldened.

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Above, the TrendWatch program’s Max masterpiece.

Common Themes from High Point Market:

1. Color. Finally. Indigo Blue/Peacock Green/Canyon Red/Blush Pink

2. Whiter and lighter wood, and washes that emphasized grain.  Bedrooms and dining rooms were very influenced by the Farmhouse trend.

3. Animal Print. Leopard, snake, giraffe, zebra- and they’re not shy.

 

 

 

Above clockwise: colorful sofas on parade at Best Home Furnishings, an animal of a chair at Klaussner Furniture, the sweetest bed in the A-America showroom.

Which trends are your favorite? Which were ours? Stay tuned to find out…

 

Written by Kelly Welton