June 14, 2013
Cool colors, patterns from animal prints to geometrics and vintage features all were prominent at the spring High Point home furnishings trade show. But as much as new hues and trends figure into the semi-annual exhibit, long-lasting value is always important. For instance, high quality wood floors, such as Anderson's Northern Maple Plank collection, never go out of style.
The North Carolina show, the largest of its kind in the world, is a gathering of furniture manufacturers, home goods retailers and designers.
Colors and Patterns
This spring, industry experts acknowledged that green is a predominant favorite right now with consumers, but that the wide spectrum of blues and purples is on the horizon in furnishings. Not to be outdone by the cool hues, some designers were focused on the traditional pairing of black and white.
Patterns that are forecast for the coming year include realistic images of mammal shapes and forms rather than splashy animal prints. Among geometrics, a perennial favorite, the honeycomb hexagon took center stage as a new look.
Furniture finishes continue to include painted and lacquered finishes, but grainier, more rustic treatments were another trend focusing on the natural world. A reptilian influence, from alligator to snakeskin looks, was also present.
Wicker furniture, straight from the front porch to interior rooms, was shown in traditional styles. Instead of small florals seen in recent years, prints were featuring larger florals reminiscent of patterns from the 1930s and 1940s.
As accents, needle-crafted pieces included embroidery, quilting, cross-stitch and needlework for use in soft furnishings dovetail with the vintage styles expected to be more popular than ever in room design.
Designers returned to circular shapes in seating, which can take a cue from Swinging Sixties egg chairs or more classic styles like club chairs.
With a decidedly contemporary flavor, plenty of metal was shown at High Point. Reclaimed metals were particularly popular in a nod to sustainability, with metal links and metallic hardware as furniture add-ons.
Storage is always an issue in modern life, but the shelving shown this year isn't just utilitarian. Instead, it integrates with other furnishings by making a design statement.
When sophisticated, polished furnishings in home design were shown, they took on an Asian flavor. Picture Old Shanghai, mixing Eastern and Western cultures, to get the picture.
But some things never change. Nautical themes, especially focused on the the form and muted colors of coral, were also represented.