The High Point market was full of fun new and trendy looks so here is a summary of what is coming:
Big. Bold. Graphic
Prints are back! Geometric prints and bold florals continue to dominate rugs and pillows (and thus lampshades)! They are trending towards more abstract. Silhouette prints and white on one color background for a fresh perspective. Grecian motifs (Greek key, Corinthian columns, arches) grow in demand.
Ethnic prints such as ikat, susani, shibori (tie-dye effects), and paisley lend a worldly quality to home furnishings. Done in blues and in a larger scale to update the look.
And southwest patterns are making more appearances in rugs and upholstery.
Once again, color was everywhere…and I mean vibrant reds, purples, yellows, and fuchsia.
Neutrals have not gone away:
Not to forget the hot updated neutrals: latte, bronze, and warmer grays.
Eco natural ingredients
Natural wood, stone and burlap are taking on modern shapes. Leather is embossed with bamboo, tree trunks and reclaimed wood are used for table and lamp bases, and semi-precious stones are put on display. Eco fashion goes back to natural elements with feathers, shells, twig, and bark.
Vintage vibe meets modern
Mirrored finishes have gone from antiqued to clean and contemporary.
Parisian vintage has become a timeless classic.
“Made in America” is being featured everywhere.
Retro-inspired furniture and lighting seem to be on the rise.
Industrial lightens up:
Wood finishes moved from the dark side into the light, and painted surfaces took a neutral stance in pale grays and white. Industrial fixtures are reinvented in shiny metals for a more sophisticated stance.
Glam goes sophisticated:
Gatsby-inspired glamorous design, lavish fabrics, and stunning “jewels” with trendy accents, spurred on by the re-release of the movie. Diamond-encrusted furnishings and designs reinvented so well by Mary McDonald.
Artsy Origami Inspiration:
Asymmetrical designs and 3-D art forms are showing up in lighting, furniture and fabric designs.
Brush strokes and soft contemporary art forms dominate the market. Curves on upholstery and furniture soften up the austere squared shapes of last year.
Multi-purpose furniture was everywhere: coffee tables that open to desks, islands that have folding leaves, tables that fold to store in closets.
The new rules are to mix and match with what you already own! Layer, balance and display your treasures!
Next year, it’s all about tangerine. Pantone, the design world’s authority on color identification, today announced its much-anticipated color of the year for 2012 —Tangerine Tango, a dramatic reddish orange with a positive energy and warmth. Although it can be intimidating at first, this attention-grabbing orange is a surprisingly flexible hue.Ashton Harrison